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 Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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