YouTube catch-up

youtubebuttIf you haven’t paid attention to the comments in the past week or so, you’ve probably missed out on some really nice music clips.

Below is a sampling of everything from Jason Castro covering Leonard Cohen to Jason Mraz covering Kermit the Frog, with a little Alison Krauss, Neko Case and The Matrix thrown in for good measure.


Here is Jason Castro’s American Idol performance of ‘Hallelujah,’ which Amy linked up while marveling at how the Internet can help give a dead rocker (Jeff Buckley, in this case) a #1 hit.

Dana offered up k.d. lang’s version of the same song:

In the James Bond theme song thread, I cast my vote for Neko Case’s ‘I’ll Be Around’ to be considered for the next film. Or they should at least let her write them a new one.

Amy found this excellent fan video that sets scenes from The Matrix to Barenaked Ladies’ ‘If I Fell’ … something that sounds all wrong but works just beautifully.

She also found a splendid live version of Barenaked Ladies’ ‘Call and Answer’ performed by lead singer Steven Page at a Borders bookstore.

I highlighted Kermit the Frog’s ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green,’ prompting others to fondly recall his other big hit ‘Rainbow Connection.’ Amy dug up a Jason Mraz cover of the latter.

Kerrie jumped into the country music conversation, linking to this video by Alison Krauss…

… and another version of the same song performed by Paulina Rubio and Ronan Kating:

4 thoughts on “YouTube catch-up

  1. Amy says:

    You must be the most considerate blog host ever 🙂 As soon as Dana stops playing “Hallelujah” (on the piano – in the other room), I’ll play some of these clips I haven’t yet had a chance to hear. Thanks for making it so easy to check them all out.

  2. Amy says:

    Wow. I finally was able to listen to the k.d.lang cover, and I am speechless. Well, I’m not speechless, cause here I am writing something. But I may have just found religion. Watching and listening to her sing that song was certainly more spiritual than anything I’ve ever experienced inside a church or synagogue. Hallelujah, indeed.

  3. Clay says:

    That’s a good one.

    It’s amazing how many covers this song has inspired. I’ll give a major tip of the hat to Mr. Leonard Cohen for writing the thing in the first place. Here’s one more YouTube clip, to the original:

  4. pegclifton says:

    Wow, I think Amy said it all about k.d. lang’s version of Hallelujah! Great performance, thanks for sharing and thank you Dana for bringing it to our attention. Did you catch the country music awards ceremony the other night 🙂

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