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Tommy's Music Adventures



What no one really knows is, I'm a talented singer. 

To be honest, listening to me when I sing is an adventure. A squeaky door sounds much better. :m0769:

But I love music. I suppose you are like me that you guys hear music, but do not listen. But there are many moments in my life when I really listen to music. Sometimes it happens that a song touches me for some reason. It is possible that I have even heard the song several times before. 

Other songs are important to me because I have a direct connection to them. I associate these with a special experience or emotion. 

Does it happen occasionally that you like a cover more than the original? 

All these songs have a significance for me. 


Mad World

I admit I like the cover versions by Gary Jules and Adam Lambert much more than the original. 

I've chosen this video, because Adam performed powerful and emotional. 


The original by Tears For Fears


The Sound of Silence 

Once again the cover is the better one for me. It has more power, but it's still emotional. 

Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

Those lines were written by Paul Simon in 1963/64. Are those lines still valid? 

Here's the original by Simon and Garfunkel



You Raise Me Up

I wasn't aware that's a song by Secret Garden. 

Josh Groban's cover was the version I knew as the original. 


How often did you guys listen to Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley touched my heart. 

RIP Jeff Buckley 


The next song will always be remembered in connection with one of the embarrassing moments. Better do not ask why. 


To be continued in the comments. 


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Oh I am sure you can sing fine dear. They say you can be your own worse critic, so be yourself & be heard! 😉😘

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Interesting question Tomster.  Making me think (always a good thing)... I can't think of any covers offhand that I prefer to the original (but then sometimes you just don't know a particular song is a cover).  I did like the Sound of Silence cover  you  put above though.

I can however think of several covers that I don't like at all!  I really like Kate Bush "Hounds of Love" but all the covers I've ever heard I think are terrible...




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hey Tommy, i cannot remember a time with a remake of a song i liked was better than the original!! like you i have songs that strike an emotion, reminds of a something in my past, or touches my heart in a way, that makes me weep!! most music has me weeping, which is why i prefer to listen to music when i`m alone. i don't want to have people around asking me what the matter is, when there's nothing wrong. i`m just moved by the music is all!! with love from Wes!! hugs!!! 

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I once said to someone music and songs are like a time machine... they can take you back to a place in time with people and memories better than almost anything I can think of. I make part of my living in the music business... but on a personal level of all the arts it has always touched me the deepest and most profoundly.

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Showing my age here, but...

The Gladys Knight and the Pips version of I Heard It Through the Grapevine was fine...but the Marvin Gaye cover a year later is probably better remembered.

I'd be less certain about, but maybe advocate for, the Vanilla Fudge much-much-slower version of the Supremes' You Keep Me Hangin' On.  (Actually, that one I go back and forth on.)

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Oh, I am also a talented singer. Under the shower. Maybe we should do a duet? :tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-102:

Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah is nice (probably the best remake/reinterpretation of LC's most famous song I've heard), but let's be honest, nobody can beat Leonard Cohen. The song needs Cohen's deep, raspy voice to work. (The worst cover of the song I've ever heard was by a Hungarian woman at the Xmas concert of a large "born-again" Christian community last year. They probably thought it was a religious song.... :devil:)

Just to remember the genius that was Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), here's the original from his 2008 concert in London.

" And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah"

I don't watch talent shows, but on the net you occassionally find little gems. Hearing Brian Justin Crum singing Radiohead's Creep (America's Got Talent 2016) sent shivers down my spine. I like Radiohead and all, but Brian's cover is IMHO better than the original. (Him being a handsome gay man helps. This vid is also proof that even cute young hunks look a bit silly in skinny jeans :m0729:)


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@Kawika I cannot agree more. There's nothing to add. 

19 hours ago, majikthis said:

Leonard Cohen

His voice was and still is simply amazing. 


19 hours ago, majikthis said:

Hearing Brian Justin Crum singing Radiohead's Creep (America's Got Talent 2016) sent shivers down my spine.

Ecactly the same happened to me listening Mimi & Josefina cover of the same song. (The Voice Kids of Germany). 



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