I know you won't believe me but the simple truth is that I wasn't searching when you crossed my path. No, I had absolutely no intention of getting tangled into troublesome matters of the heart. And I know that you don't know it, & even if you did, you wouldn't care, so neither should I... In each grueling trial of trying, I really do try to have the senses restored, to expunge from cognition your every record, but in this void of futility where nescience cheerfully does away with scrutiny, you stubbornly own the stage somewhere in the back of my mind, lit in neon blends of blue sage and incandescent in carmine with my ever rebounding attention. From each vivid facet of your flair there's a hypnotic reflection brighter than a solitaire and in its conspicuous hue, hopelessly bewitched, I hold on to you. - EntangleDesigns
Believe it or not, this whole poem came out of a prompt word, “Orange”. That’s right – Orange! A word that I, in the end, peeled off from the end product. And if I were inclined to tell you the convoluted thought process that my mind went through to pen this one out, I am pretty sure by the time I’d be done, I would have written myself a stand-up comedy set! Maybe it won’t be HaHa funny but I also like to believe that it wouldn’t tank like the global economy these days.
Instead, lemme tell you about the video that I have shared. It’s Childish Gambino’s version of Tamia’s hit song ‘So Into You’ which I had never heard before until I heard this version and after I did, I still prefer the one that I have shared. There’s also another version of the song, a remake, really, sung by Fabolous featuring Tamia which I personally found better than the original but it still doesn’t hold a candle to this one. Just listen to it and if the beats at the end don’t make you wanna sway to the music then a) What’s wrong with you? b) No, seriously, what the hell is wrong with you?
This is where I usually add, “okay, okay! I’m kidding!”
But I am not.
There are many other songs whose covers are better for me, personally, than the originals. Off the top of my head, I’d count “Fly me to the moon” by Julie London. The song was written in 1954 by Bart Howard and I thought Sinatra was the one who first sang it, but no, Wikipedia tells me it was Kaye Ballard who recorded it in the same year it was written. I am not a big Frank Sinatra fan (yeah, I said it!) And I find London’s version way better than his. Even his “Somethin’ Stupid”, again, for me personally, was made better by Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams’ 2001 cover. Compare the two and tell me that isn’t the case. No, wait, don’t tell me because I don’t care whether you agree or not. Sinatra sings it more like a solo than a duet!
Okay, I won’t draw any comparisons between the next one which was first sung by Elvis Presley and was later covered by many other artists including Bob Dylan. I’ll just tell you that I love UB40’s cover of “Can’t help falling in love” and I doubt there’s going to be any other cover of this song that will make me wanna switch sides.
Hmm…. any other covers? Oh, yes, there’s one but it definitely isn’t better than the original. It’s just as good. And the amazing guy who originally sang it was also the one who wrote it. Sadly, he recently passed away due to heart complications. I am talking about Bill Withers. Yup, the same guy who co-wrote the song “Just the Two of us” (Talk about romantic poetry!) Ooh, and I just remembered his “Lovely Day”. Man, this guy was amazing! Bill’s “Ain’t no Sunshine” was covered, among other artists, by Lighthouse Family and when I heard it, it immediately earned a place on my playlist.
I think for now these are the ones that come to mind. Do you have any cover songs that you prefer to the originals or, maybe like just as much?
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and staying indoors.