Legendary Covers Give Extra Credit To Extraordinary Originals

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (June 20, 2020) – I recently dove down into a rabbit hole full of glorious covers on YouTube from some of my favorite musicians. It got me thinking about how truly meaningful some of those versions really are. An artist chooses a piece to work with that inspires them, and that they feel that they can connect to personally in some manner.

Generally, it’s a special connection to another’s melody or words that they see a little of themselves in. This is why, although cover version are often overlooked, sometimes they are truly the most magical declaration of love for another artist that a musician can possibly bestow. Check out what I believe are some of the most noteworthy song recreations I’ve found floating around YouTube listed below, and please share your favorites with me in the comments!

1. Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” performed by The Black Crowes

2. Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” performed by Gangstagrass

3. Damien Rice’s “Delicate” performed by Addison Agen

4. Warren Zevon’s “Carmelita” performed by GG Allin

5. Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” performed by Kelly Clarkson Live in Dallas, TX

6. Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” performed by 2CELLOS live

7. The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” performed by Fiona Apple

8. Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” performed by Fugees Live (1997)

9. Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” performed by Birdy

10. Janis Joplin’s “Me & Bobby McGee” performed by Blind Melon

11. U2 & Metallica’s “One” mash up (U2 Music with Metallica Lyrics) performed by Chris Cornell at the Santander Arts Center Reading, PA 11/22/13

12. Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” performed by Sonny Boy Thorn with the help of Jonny Kaplan, Travis T. Warren and Salar Rajabnik at MelonFest 2015

Did I leave any out? Share your favorites with me in the comments!

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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