Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I love learning about new music while sitting in a coffee shop sipping an americano. My boyfriend and I heard “Wild World” being sung by----at least I thought it was---Van Morrison----while in a Starbucks.* But it wasn’t. Was it Delbert McClinton? No. I used the Shazam app on my phone and learned it was Marc Cohn. I was a big Marc Cohn fan when “Walking in Memphis” came out, but never knew he’d recorded any cover songs.
After returning home, I checked Marc Cohn and “Wild World” out on iTunes and found he’d recorded a whole album of 70’s songs. I downloaded it and couldn’t stop listening to it over and over.
Fast forward to another day, another coffee shop. This one privately owned---an indie called “The Ugly Mug”. Another incredible song was playing overhead. It had a latin sound yet it was the David Bowie song, “Rebel Rebel”. Shazam revealed this version we were hearing was recorded by Seu Jorge. Went home, checked it out on iTunes and found these Bowie covers were recorded by Seu Jorge, who sings in Portuguese, for the film “Life Aquatic**”. Wes Anderson had commissioned Jorge to record these Bowie covers. They are phenomenal.
To think I wouldn’t have known about either of these musical delights if I hadn’t been going out for coffee. To think, also, that they’re called “covers”. Instead I would call them “Uncovers” since they uncover entirely new dimensions of the songs.
Spark People has been an “uncover” for me. It’s helped me express parts of me that were buried under several outside layers. I remember my trepidation when beginning to blog on my Spark Page. It was somewhat frightening and I didn’t even know what to say! I still find it’s scary but I write about what I’m thinking and feeling anyways and am amazed at how much I’m learning.
*Bittersweet memory as it was right after dropping off Chet and Evan for their neuter surgeries---the beginning of Chet's decline. My rats’ vet is right next to a Starbucks. Funny how music is so closely connected to events in our lives. If music were a scent instead of sound, it would be like camping and walking around in clothes that smell like last night's campfire.
**My boyfriend and I love Bill Murray and, while not thinking it was one of his best, enjoyed this film.