The 2018 Winter Olympics are now in full swing. The opening ceremony was Friday night and the action has continued through the weekend. During the mixed ice skating event on Thursday, Team Canada decided to skate to a haunting cover of the U2 song ‘With or Without You’. I wasn’t sure who was signing the cover version, but Twitter came to my rescue almost immediately.
I couldn’t agree more! It was sung by my friend @AprilMeservy Check her out on ITunes or YouTube!
— Katie Love Smith (@katie_love) February 11, 2018
April Meservy & Aaron Edson – With or Without You (U2 Cover)
Saying April Meservy has the voice of an angel is an understatement. This song isn’t going to boost your mood, but goddamn is it beautiful. Team Canada might not win gold in ice skating, but they’ve definitely struck gold with their song selection. Have a great day on purpose everybody.
Taylor Swift is basically taking up residency at the Staples Center this summer, and for each show she brings out a popular musical act and sings one of their songs with them, or she jams out with Julia Roberts, all while being as delightful as ever. Well her surprise attacks went to a whole other level last night, as she brought out Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends for the lay person) and sang a cover version of ‘Smelly Cat’. The percentage of fans that like Taylor Swift and Friends is probably somewhere in the 1000’s, so this is a perfect combo of a smart and power move. All hail Queen Tay Tay.
There are few things I like better than a good cover version of a song. The Walking Dead theme is a haunting foreshadowing device used to get you ready for all the guts and devastation that you’re about to watch. Somehow Sonya Belousova make this even more haunting, but at the same time it’s also amazing. She has an entire YouTube page over at Player Piano, in case you were wondering what I’ll be listening to for the rest of the day.
Ed Sheeran Joined The Rolling Stones Onstage For A ‘Beast of Burden’ Cover & It Was So God Damn Good
Welp, I’m forever jealous of whoever was in the crowd in Kansas City to see this duet. The Rolling Stones are somehow still going strong and touring, and Ed Sheeran just happens to pop in and not only collaborate a song, but collaborate on BEAST OF BURDEN. This would be like if Magic Johnson was playing some kind of charity basketball game and out comes Kobe Bryant to play shooting guard. If you start off a sentence with ‘Ed Sheeran live music’ there’s a 100% chance that the sentence is going to end with ‘was amazing’, and that’s exactly what this was. I’m not sure why they landed on Kansas City for the place where this needed to happen, but I’m green with jealous rage.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Boyce Avenue put out a fantastic cover song, but this is definitely a different style for them. Usually they cover songs acoustically and then let their voices serenade you into paradise. The only problem with that strategy is that the Game of Thrones theme doesn’t have any lyrics, so Boyce Avenue just goes ahead and kills it anyway. Game of Thrones season 5 starts this Sunday, and while this cover doesn’t get me revved me up for some medieval killing, it’s a perfect analogy of the calm before the storm.
One of the lesser talked about moments from SNL 40 earlier this month were the musical guests. While Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Kanye West chose to play their own songs, Miley Cyrus used her time to pay tribute to one of the most influential musicians to appear on SNL, Paul Simon. Her cover of ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’ was great, and proves that behind all the crazy antics, Miley can straight up sing when she wants to.
A cool spin on the Beatles classic. Also proof that Johnny Cash can do everything.
Sam Smith hopped onto my radar earlier this year when he was the musical guest for Louis C.K.’s second stint as host of SNL, especially with his live version of ‘Stay With Me’. Now he’s crossing over into the cover song game, and if this version of ‘How Will I Know’ is any indication, he’ll be fantastic.