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I really need to catch up on Alan Doyle's (Great Big Sea) solo career. This is crackling good tune that would have been quite at home on just about any GBS album. Nice guest rap by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, too.

 

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Back to one of my favorites of the past couple years, The Greatest Showman. Originally a solo by singer Loren Alldred, here Never Enough gets the choral treatment by Musicality. And wow, do these women nail it. When they go to full choral harmony at about the two minute mark, I just melted.

 

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And in case you wonder who Musicality are, it's a musical group for youth between 14 and 20 based in Chicago.
 

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And in a completely different vein:

I have never made a secret of my love prog rock and prog doesn't get any better than Yes. Here is a Yes classic performed by the original keyboard player, Rick Wakeman, and his band joined by guitar legend Brian May of Queen. As a commenter rightly points out, May handles the material beautifully, but quite differently from Yes guitar wizard Steve Howe who played it originally.

 

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Gabriela Bee is part of Eh Bee Family, a Canadian family who have become well-known for their various online properties. Gabriela is in her teens and has been starting to focus on building a musical career. She is being helped in this by Walk Off the Earth, who seem to have taken her under their collective wing. They've done a couple videos with her and are taking her on the US leg of their 2019 tour. The latest Gabriela Bee-WOTE collaboration is a cover of High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco.


And best of all, Brendan Uries of Panic!, who sang on the original recording, put out a reaction video as he watched her cover for the first time.

 

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And speaking of Panic! At the Disco, what do get when you partner Brendon Urie with Taylor Swift? A lively, enjoyable song and video would appear to be the answer.

 

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A slightly moodier, nostalgic video from English legend Alan Parsons, reflecting back on his long career both as a performer and writer of music, and as a producer and engineer in the studio.


For those who don't know, before embarking on his own musical career, Parsons was a sound engineer who worked on, among other projects, the classic Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon.
 

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Yes, I watched lots of terrific music videos tonight.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is a bit of a one-hit wonder, with that hit being "Stay (I Missed You)" from 1994. To celebrate the song's 25th anniversary, she teamed up with Walk Off the Earth for a lively, enthusiastic cover of the song.

 

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Since leaving Pentatonix, Avi Kaplan has moved in some interesting directions, primarily a kind of folk-roots sound. Definitely a switch from Ptx but that's likely what he wanted to achieve.

 

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One of my "perfect songs" is "Crying" by the late Roy Orbison. Whether in his original version or K.D. Lang's incredible cover, it captures an intense moment of emotional turmoil. Here, Sara Neimietz, about whom I have posted before, and her regular producer/accompanist Snuffy Walden do it proud. The arrangement hues closer to Lang's than Orbison's IMHO, but that's more suited to Sara's voice.

 

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I had forgotten how much I adored this song until I went looking for this today. Thinking of asking music director for a little coaching so I can sing it with daughter or friend Joe this summer.

 

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One of my "perfect songs" is "Crying" by the late Roy Orbison. Whether in his original version or K.D. Lang's incredible cover, it captures an intense moment of emotional turmoil. Here, Sara Neimietz, about whom I have posted before, and her regular producer/accompanist Snuffy Walden do it proud. The arrangement hues closer to Lang's than Orbison's IMHO, but that's more suited to Sara's voice.

Such is like a wail in the wind as common weal (TH; as normal communication) that the elite doesn't wish to hear ... thus silence my old friend in script (des crypt)? If uncovered there may be an och m'n or halla liew Yah ...

Those holes some times echo and send back copy as images of the previous former! Just a plug for the old Deis ...
 

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Disney continues their run of live action remakes of their classic animated films with this summer's Aladdin. And that movie's hit "A Whole New World" has a whole new version out. I actually like this remake of the song, which will be the end title music for the movie remake. Alan Menken and Tim Rice wrote one for the ages and these young artists ( I am somewhat familiar with ZAYN, but Zhavia Ward is new to me) actually do a good job with it.

 

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This kind of danced through my Youtube recommendations recently and I kind of skimmed over it. I get a lot of recommendations for covers and I tend to stick to artists I know these days. Well, maybe I'll start taking flyers again. This one is lovely. It's Blackbird by The Beatles done in Mik'Maq by a high school student from Cape Breton.


And apparently, the guy who wrote and originally recorded the song thinks so, too. Sir Paul McCartney called this cover "incredible" from the stage of a gig in Kentucky the other day. And it is. Her guitar playing is impressive.