I’ve been a music geek since elemntary school. I was in chorus all through my school career, including some a capella groups in high school and college. And I performed Tom Lehrer songs at school cabaret shows (h/t Robert and Bill).
If there’s one kind of music I like, it’s covers. I love hearing someone take another’s work – often big popular songs – and turning them on their ear in another genre. It shows both respect for the quality of the original, and a love of other forms. Which is why I’ve become a huge fan of Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube.
The simple idea is that Scott, who is a virtuoso pianist, arranges popular songs (either contemporary piece or classic rock/pop) and turns them into jazz and blues standards, and plays them with a rotating group of amazing vocalists and band members. You may already have seen them due to a few viral hits they’ve had – especially the ones with Puddles the Clown singing lead on Chadelier and Royals. Puddles has an incredible voice. (I’ve also posted about one of their covers before)
They’ve also done a series called “Saturday Morning Slow Jams,” where they cover the themes from childrens’ shows form the 80s and 90s. They are so much fun.