Sunday, July 22, 2012

Falling Up - Melissa Etheridge

Falling Up is the latest single by Melissa Etheridge. It features on her forthcoming studio album 4th Street Feeling which is released in September. 

She is currently on tour with upcoming concert dates in Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. In September Melissa plays an AARP benefit concert at the New Orleans Arena with Stevie Nicks and Gladys Knight which is sure to be a truly unforgettable evening. Oh! To live in America!

Here is Melissa singing her single Falling Up on The Morning Show in Australia with a short interview with the hosts directly after her song.

100 Cover Versions #75: Elliott Yamin covers 'A Song For You'

A Song For You is without doubt one of my all time most favourite songs. I've already featured that song on this list which is the version sung by Lalah Hathaway who is the daughter of the man who first made the song famous, that is the great Donny Hathaway. 

While I have featured songs that have been performed on television music shows or artist tribute specials here on this list, I haven't featured any performances from shows like American Idol or X Factor. There have been songs performed on that shows which I love such as Ruth Lorenzo singing Purple Rain and Shayne Ward singing You Make Me Feel Brand New but the only song I want to feature on this list is Elliott Yamin singing A Song For You who first sang it on American Idol.
I think the first time I heard him sing it I cried. I think in years to come when people hear Elliott Yamin sing that song they will experience the same effect. The purpose of any cover version is to make the listener believe, to make them feel that emotion that the songwriter or original singer first wanted an audience to feel. The joy and beauty of music is that we can connect with either watching it on TV with millions of other people or when we listen to the song on our own. 

There are several versions of Elliott singing the show on line including American Idol and in concert but the clip below is just the song. I have been lucky to have heard so many of my favourite songs sung at concerts over the years and someday I would love to hear Elliott Yamin sing A Song For You

100 Cover Versions #74: Sara Bareilles covers 'Stoney End' by Laura Nyro

The song Stoney End was written and first recorded by Laura Nyro. It featured on her debut album More Than a New Discovery in 1967. That album was later re-titled The First Songs. In 1971 Barbra Streisand covered Stoney End and that song was the title track of that album which was also Barbra's twelfth studio album. That album also included two other songs that were written by Laura Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man) and Time and Love.

This year Laura Nyro was one of the new inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the great things about these ceremonies is that it allows people and a younger generation to rediscover or discover the rich legacy of America's history of popular song.  Laura Nyro is really one of the worthiest people to be recognised for her music.

Sara Barielles performed Stoney End at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this year and her version I think also acknowledged Barbra's version. Her performance was also introduced by the ever wonderful Bette Midler.