A couple of years ago I was at my friend Linda's house for dinner. Linda worked with me in one of my bookshop jobs. The thing about booksellers is that they love their music and their taste is often very good indeed. That evening Linda played a CD by K.D. Lang which was her most recent album Hymns of the 49th Parallel. I had never heard it before and I will never forget hearing those songs for the first time. All of the songs bar one of her own early songs were songs by fellow Canadian singers that K.D. Lang loves. Three of the artists featured have two songs covered. They are Hallelujah and Bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen, Helpless and After the Goldrush by Neil Young and Love is Everything and The Valley by Jane Siberry. I could really choose any of the songs on that album to feature on this list, her versions of them all are so good.
The song I'm choosing to feature on this list of covers is The Valley by Jane Siberry. I remember that song standing out when I heard it for the first time.
The video below is a montage of photos by Merhlin. This is the album version.
and here is a live performance by K.D. of The Valley.