Earlier today I was waiting to pick up one of my daughters from soccer practice, while her sister sat next to me in the car.
Elliott Smith’s ‘The Biggest Lie’ came up on my stereo (I have my music library playing on random, making every trip I take basically Random Weekends on steroids).
That’s always been one of my favorite Smith tunes, but it hit me harder than usual this time.
‘Tell Me’ was the first song co-written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
At the time they were making an ok living recording covers of R&B songs, but their management knew the real money was in publishing. So the boys reluctantly kicked off what would become one of the most prolific and celebrated songwriting partnerships in music history.
Wrapping up my week of ‘Let it Go’ covers is a version performed on four violins and a piano, all by the same person (though obviously not recorded at the same time — that would be a hell of a trick).
Of the thousands of YouTube cover versions of ‘Let it Go,’ this one seems to have won the prize with more than 3 million views and counting.
Caleb Hyles is an Auburn senior who sings lead vocals for a heavy metal band when he isn’t channeling Idina Menzel on Oscar-nominated Disney songs. I bet he’s really good at that, too.
Here’s a version of ‘Let it Go’ presented in 25 different languages, a sampling of the more than 40 into which the film was translated.
This was the first ‘Let it Go’ variation to hit it big on YouTube, or at least the first one I saw.
My first thought was how impressive it is that Disney found so many singers who sound like Idina Menzel. Many YouTube commenters actually think it’s Menzel herself singing the whole thing (which would be quite the feat, but alas it isn’t the case).
The second entry in my ‘Let it Go’ week comes courtesy of Mitch Grassi of the a capella group Pentatonix.
Pentatonix won The Sing-Off two seasons ago and actually turned the grand prize — a recording contract — into a successful career. They have released two albums, one in the Billboard Top 20 and one in the Billboard Top 10. Their YouTube clips amass tens of millions of views.
This Sunday’s Oscar show promises few surprises. So many other awards have been given out by now that the Academy basically just confirms what we already know.
While the acting awards are pretty much sewn up, along with Best Director, the Best Picture prize is a source of some suspense. American Hustle seems to have faded from its front-runner status, but will it be 12 Years a Slave or Gravity that scores the come-from-behind win?