There is no bigger compliment to a singer than someone saying, “Good song . . . I’m stealing it.” Here at Balcony Radio, we don’t have a problem with musical larceny. We actually celebrate it in a little programme we call Gimme Back My Song that highlights the best cover versions of tunes we could find. Does that mean we play Bette Midler singing the Rolling Stones? Yes, it means we play Bette Midler singing the Rolling Stones. You’re welcome.
Gimme Back My Song
The Great White North has produced some of the greatest songwriters in rock. Near the top of that heap is a certain Mr. Neil Young. For episode 16 of our show dedicated to cover versions, Gimme Back My Song we join in with a couple dozen of your favorite artists to praise the old man’s work. We’ve got Neil’s best tunes sung in voices best described as better than Neil’s . . . Roll another number and throw on a flannel, it’s time for some homegrown music.
There is no difference between a cover version done in English or in a foreign language. Interpretation is everything. For episode 15 of our gathering of great cover versions Gimme Back My Song, we get our passports in order and hop a metaphorical airplane to the far reaches of the globe for some faithful international.
Once you write a song, it doesn’t belong to you anymore. The Universe takes ownership. Sorry. On the bright side, The Universe lends songs out freely. And, you know what, some cover songs are freakin’ great. In this, episode 14 of Gimme Back My Song, we play the two dozen cover songs you’ll want to.