Strange Acoustics: You Don’t Own Me

You Don't Own Me was originally recorded by Leslie Gore in 1963 when she was only 17 years old. At the time, the defiant song inspired young women, and is seen as one of the early influences of the Women's Liberation Movement.  There have been several successful covers of the song, most recently by Grace,... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Stand by Me

Stand By Me was originally recorded in 1961 by Ben E. King. Since then, over 400 different artists have recorded their own versions, including John Lennon, Mickey Gilley, 4 the Cause, Prince Royce, Kitty Hawke, and Florence and the Machine. I could probable make an entire playlist of all the different versions of this song... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: A Fifth of Beethoven 

Reworking a popular piece of classical music is often frowned upon, but that is exactly what Walter Murphy does with A Fifth of Beethoven, a disco adaptation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It became incredibly popular in 1976, and was featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever.  Although classical music and disco may seem as distant... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Clubbed to Death

I've been diving into The Matrix rabbit hole all week, and one of the things that really struck me while rewatching it was the music. The film expertly weaves a fantastic classical score composed by Don Davis with contemporary music by Prodigy, Rob Zombie, and Propellerheads, among others.  The most popular song on the soundtrack... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Elements

Today's post is quick, because it is the last one I am writing and setting to post before I head out on a week long cruise. But I wanted to share this sing because both versions are done by the same artist, but with different instruments. Lindsey Sterling plays her song Elements with Both a... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Stay With Me

One type of cover song that I always find interesting is the duet conversion. Turning a song sung by a solo artist into a duet changes the dynamics of a song and adds a new layer of meaning to the lyrics.  One such duet that I really like is Jervy Hou and Bri Heart's version... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Dead Souls

When I was growing up, I lived in a large rural town with a small population. Consequently, there wasn't a lot to do, and many of my friends were beyond walking distance. Sleepovers were the natural solution. Since my parents had a finished basement, they were often held at our house. Typically before each sleepover,... Continue Reading →

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