|Image courtesy of Theeradech Sanin|
The radio host commented that a good acoustic tune is like a good cup of coffee. Take away the cream, take away the sugar and other fixings and what’s left is still a solid cup of java.
This comment got me thinking about how simpler music is a good analogy for a simpler life. We all enjoy our possessions and have likely accumulated more than we need. If we stripped all that away, however, what would be left? Hopefully it’s a life with a meaningful and enduring core. If that’s the case, then all the other ‘fixings’ are secondary.
Take a listen to some of these acoustic covers. You'll hear how some classic songs have been stripped down and reimagined, yet still endure. Some may even be better than the original.
Why don’t you be the judge?
Hit Me Baby One More Time by Travis
(original artist: Britney Spears)
Only You by Josh Radin (original artist: Yaz)
Thank You by Tori Amos (original artist: Led Zeppelin)
Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy (original artist: Sting)
Hallelujah by Damien Rice (original artist: Leonard Cohen)
Fight for your Right by Coldplay (original artist: Beastie Boys)
Hurt by Johnny Cash (original artist: Nine Inch Nails)
Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (original artists: Judy Garland & Louis Armstrong)