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Cover Me: "Blinded By The Light" Springsteen Vs. Manfred Mann

Back in 1973, a young artist named Bruce Springsteen released his first album.  It was a very Bob Dylan-esque album; acoustic-guitar driven with lyrics more like prose than Rock 'N' Roll.  The first song on the album was "Blinded By The Light."  Flash-forward three years.  Manfred Mann's Earth Band, formerly of "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" fame, released a cover version of "Blinded By The Light."  Which one do you think is best?

Cover Me: "Blinded By The Light" Springsteen Vs. Manfred Mann

Turning The Tables: Two Songs That Surprise You At The End

The radio was on today and "Wrapped Around Your Finger" was playing.  As I was singing along and got to the end, where the tables were turned and now the servant was the master, my mind flipped to "Everything She Wants" by the band Vertical Horizon.  The song was a #1 hit in 2000 and featured a protagonist switching from third person, "He's everything you want, he's everything you need" to first person in the end, "I am everything you want..."  Similar?  Listen to both and let us know what you think.

Manfred Mann - The Ultimate Cover Band?

Cover bands dot the world's landscape like trees.  One could say, just as they do about trees, that without cover bands, there would be no air for music fans to breathe.  One wouldn't have to say that.  Or think it.  But one could.  Possibly the most famous cover band of all-time is Manfred Mann, led by that fella who eventually formed Manfred Mann's Earth Band.  Both groups recorded songs written by others and had big, no, HUGE hits.  Has anyone ever done this well covering others?

Cover Me: "Without You" Mariah Carey vs. Harry Nilsson

Your first thought when you see the title "Without You" may be, 'I don't know what song that is.  There must be 1,000 songs named that.'  Maybe there are.  What if we said we can't live if living is without you?  Maybe you'd get it then.  Still no?  When you listen to the hit Harry Nilsson version of this song and then the hit Mariah Carey cover you'll think, 'Duh on me!  I know this.'  And then we'll ask you, which version is better?

Get Your Song On TV - Badfinger's "Baby Blue"

The TV series Breaking Bad's last episode played last night and it apparently was good for the Pete Ham estate.  The late-Ham wrote the song "Baby Blue," featured prominently in the episode.  According to NME, streams of the song on Spotify rose 9000% the day after the episode aired.  As of this writing, there have been 198,141 streams, which means there had been just over 2,200 streams before Breaking Bad.  It sure does pay to get your song on a big show.

Hanging Out With David + Dave - Live With Music Marketing Maven Michael Brandvold

You're in for a special treat.  Your pals, David Deutsch + Dave Philp, had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Brandvold live, right here.  Michael is a freelance music industry consultant who has managed the online marketing efforts for Gene Simmons, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Britney Spears, and more.  We spoke about what he does, how he does it, and why what he does is so important. Watch!

YouChoose Music Festival For CUMAC - The Song List

Wondering what your YouChoose Band is a-gonna play at the FREE YouChoose Music Festival on Saturday, October 19th in Wayne, NJ?  We've got the list of songs for you below.  Keep in mind this festival is all about raising awareness, and maybe a few bucks, for CUMAC, one of New Jersey's most pivotal food banks.  So please come on out and support this swell, stupendous, 100% awesome event.  Big kudos to College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving for sponsoring.  Now, on to the music!

Today: Lincoln Park Day For A Future With Hope

Today is Saturday, September 28th.  Your YouChoose Band/Parish Drive will be performing in honor of A Future With Hope at Lincoln Park Day in New Jersey.  Come out and watch us perform at 1pm.  Can't?  Check out A Future With Hope HERE.  Thank you!


The Short List: Songs About Elvis

We've written up lots of lists.  They're usually pretty long.  For example, our list about September, Teachers, and Back-To-School was 100 songs long.  Our list about Friends & Friendship was 123 songs long.  While we usually accompany the long lists with our Top 9 favorites, even those lists, with bonuses, can get long.

Cover Me: "Little Wing" Hendrix vs. Clapton vs. Sting

The song "Little Wing" was written by Jimi Hendrix and first recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967.  Derek & The Dominoes (fronted by Eric Clapton & Duane Allman) covered the song three years later on their Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs album.  In 1987, twenty years after the song's birth into our atmosphere, Sting released a version on ...Nothing Like The Sun.  There are more recordings, but these three are special.  Which do you like best?

Songs By 6 Artists We're Supposed To Know: Part I

Whether it's critics, your much cooler friends, or that ancient Rock radio DJ, there will always be, for most of us, a large contingent of music artists we're supposed to know.  Now, maybe we've heard the names Garland Jeffreys and Graham Parker and Sonic Youth and Richard (formerly of Richard & Linda) Thompson, but could you name one of their songs?  Could you state the kind of music they've created?  That's what this is about.  Songs by these artists we're supposed to know so that we do.

Whose 'Wrecking Ball' Is Better, Springsteen's Or Miley's?

Like when Pixar released A Bug's Life and Dreamworks put out Antz, or two movies came out this spring about terrorists taking over the White House, two very famous artists released songs with the identical title of "Wrecking Ball."  Do you think Bruce Springsteen knew what Miley was up to, so to up the ante, he also released an album of the same name?  Probably not.  He wrote his song in '09 and the album  came out in 2012.

Most Thoughtful Lyrics Of The Rock Era?

Assuming the Rock Era began around 1955, with Elvis and Bill Haley and Buddy Holly, then we've had almost 60 years of lyrics written by artists ranging from Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney, Pete Townshend, and Bruce Springsteen (ask me where the current day lyricists are).  What were the best?  What contained the most thought?  Two options below.  Both tunes are written and worded by, not rockers, but Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.  The songs?  From West Side Story in 1961.