Thursday, April 16, 2009
Playing for Change - Stand By Me
It is no secret that I'm a sucker for cover tunes. In fact, I have long been considering writing a definitieve All Time Top-10 Cover Tunes blog entry. Apathy and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned procrastination have prevented that particular entry; along with about a thousand other potential Pulitzer-worthy pieces; from seeing the light of day. But rest assured, when that little piece of uninformed opinion is finally put together, there is a very good chance that this rendition of the Ben E. King masterpiece will make the cut.
Not only is Stand By Me one of the 25 most beautiful songs ever written and the title of the greatest movie of all-time, but it was also the first dance at my buddy Foley's wedding this past summer. Those are dangerous waters to tread, to say the least. But even with the justifiably daunting and impossible-to-top history of the original, this version somehow managed to give me chills. Just a brilliant rendition.
Thanks to Deeve for the link.