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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tosy Was Wrong

Tosy wrote: For some reason, I get the feeling that everyone knows about Coverville. But maybe I'm wrong. Yup, Tosy, you were wrong, 'cause I wasn't familiar with this eclectic website that offers a podcast two or three times a week consisting of cover songs, nothing but cover songs. Now I've subscribed to it via iTunes. I was considering listening to some of the earlier episodes, but there are 407 of them, so I thought the better of it.

I love cover tunes. I have whole albums dedicated to the works of Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, Charlie Mingus, Harry Nilsson, Doc Pomus, Pete Seeger, Richard Thompson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Who, and Neil Young. The Red, Hot Blue albums tend to be filled with covers. I have Motown artists covering other Motown artists, and pop versions of West Side Story. And Beatles - LOTS of Beatles covers.

Coverville also features a search mechanism by which one can find who covered what songs. The main search page was offline last I checked; however, Brian Ibbott, host and producer of the radio broadcast, has sent me a link to the beta search site that works much better. I'm loath to put the beta link on this page because the original search page will be back online soon, but if the original search engine is not working, e-mail me and I'll get you the beta site.

It also has a discussion board, where I found this cover of Stairway to Heaven, if it had been done by four moptops:

Thank you for being wrong, Tosy.
There are other sites to search cover versions such as The Covers Project and Second Hand Songs.
Singing in a choir will keep you young
Misty Harris, CanWest News Service
Published: Saturday, January 05, 2008

Though Brahms and Beethoven aren't what Richard Simmons had in mind with "Sweatin' to the Oldies," new research suggests the composers' choral work might be just what your body wants.

According to Victoria Meredith, a University of Western Ontario professor who used the school's adult choirs as a "live research lab," participation in choral music leads to increased respiratory function, improved overall health, a heightened immune system and improved brain function. Meredith also concludes that performing in a choir "can keep you younger and healthier for longer," pointing to similar studies that found people who sing on a regular basis require fewer doctors' visits, are less prone to falls, don't need as much medication, and are less likely to be depressed.




Tosy And Cosh said...

Glad to have turned you on to the podcast. I thought the search engine was only for covers Brian had played on the show, though?

Roger Green said...

Tosy- That may be true of the current search mechanism, the one I can't get to work, but Brian told me the new version (currently the beta version) will include tunes not on the show; the songs that appeared on the show will be labeled by show number.

Gordon said...

I just started listening to Coverville...and my thinking is: why didn't I think of this concept before?