• Cover vs Original,  Holiday Fun!

    Do They Know It’s Christmas?

    I love “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Seeing Boy George, George Michael, Sting, Phil Collins, and so many other early 80s musicians belt out, in unison, “feed the world! Let them know it’s Christmas time!” warms me in a way I just can’t describe. Then there’s the infamous line Bono belts out…”well tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you!” How can you not love “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Sure – the song is full of cheese, but I happen to love cheese. Once more – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” inspired so many other charity supergroups – especially USA for Africa (We are the world). If you’ve been…

  • Cover vs Original

    Cover vs Original – Because The Night

    “Because The Night” has an interesting history.  Bruce Springsteen technically wrote the song – but decided he didn’t actually want to use it – he had too many love songs on his then current project. Patti Smith happened to be recording next door, and got a copy of the song, tweaked a few things, recorded it for her “Easter” album, and the rest was history. One might almost say the original of “Because The Night” is a cover itself. Regardless of authorship – Patti Smith’s version of “Because The Night” still amazes me. Of course, as any great song of this popularity, there will be covers.  Join me as we…