Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music. The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme. (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along).
Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic: If you were going to make a mix for a friend, what would it contain? This is NOT a best of. This is If You Were You, in the 2000′s, and You Were Making A Mix Tape For A Friend (on any topic) What Would It Be?
As we’ve moved through the musical decades over the past couple months, I’ve tried to pick genres of music that I had a strong connection with. That changed in the new millennium, I still enjoyed some of the rock and hip hop that was being produced, but I had no love for most of the “pop”.
I began filling in my musical education of the previous decades through a love of covers and remixes. I learned to look at them mostly based on their own merits and what I felt the artists were attempting to achieve. Sometimes they are heavily influenced and try to stay true to the original. Other times, the artists make the song theirs and change it completely to their own style. I think my personal favorites are those that cross genres: pop tunes done hip hop, ballads cranked up to heavy metal and so on.
I have an extensive collection of these types of song, not even including mashups which I’ll deal with some other time. Its not uncommon for me to have 10 different versions of some of my favorite songs (like All Along the Watchtower). My biggest problem with this post was narrowing it down. I originally limited my list to just those produced in the 2000’s and started making selections of those worthy of a mixtape. I ended up with almost 75 songs. I mentally played around with those and thought to narrow it down to covers of a certain artist or group (maybe Michael Jackson or ABBA). But that was too restrictive and left out some really excellent tunes. I finally resigned myself to using both weeks of the 2000’s mixtape for covers.
I’m currently on vacation, so there’s not a whole lot of commentary or stories associated with my choices this week. Also, my posts were written before I left (and in a much more coherent order), so I had to do a quick edit this morning to try to separate the 2010-2013 covers out for next week, per Jen’s instructions.
1. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – Ra (2005).
2. In the Air Tonight – Nonpoint (2004). This version was on their 2004 album, but received no attention until it was used for the new Miami Vice movie (2006).
3. Rebel Yell – Drowning Pool (2007). I debated over this cover and the one by Black Veil Brides (2011) for days. I finally decided I still liked Drowning Pool’s better.
4. Simple Man – Shinedown (2004). I think this acoustic guitar cover managed to catch the emotion of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd version fantastically.
5. Phantom of the Opera – Nightwish (2002). Finnish symphonic metal band. Also did a fantasic version of Gary Moore’s Over the Hills and Far Away.