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Sweet Louisiana Sound (Billy Pilgrim cover)

This is probably every escape artist's anthem. Billy Pilgrim were a folk rock duo, and "Sweet Louisiana Sound" is the opening track of their 1995 album "Bloom". I probably discovered it by reading the album reviews in magazines. (I always…

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For Sale (Not Haunted)

A couple of weeks ago I spotted someone on social media posting this picture (in the background of the video), pointing out this intriguing "For Sale" sign, which had gone up around the corner from them. I couldn’t resist helping…

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Tapestry (Carole King)

I’m convinced Carole King’s album Tapestry is one of the most loved albums of all times. I think about how reluctant she was to become a solo artist in the first place, and I’m so glad she did. It's not…

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All I Really Want (Alanis Morissette)

Somehow Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill was of momentous impact for me. I actually remember the moment I heard her for the first time on the radio. I was hooked. I can’t say what it was about her - her…

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Yellow House

This song, although not about myself, almost feels like the most personal song I’ve ever written.

In 1888 Vincent van Gogh came to Arles to live in the yellow house his brother had rented for him, and was eventually joined…

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Take A Pebble (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

“Disturbing the waters of our lives.” What a great line. 

We probably spend most of our lives desperately trying to fend off things and people that would do so. Hell, no, please don’t make any ripples. Because, irrespective of how…

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When You Lose Someone So Young (John Miles cover)

I discovered John Miles by browsing my brother’s cd collection, but never ventured much beyond “Music’. John Miles stared at me from a strange and vintage looking cover, in James Dean’s iconic pose, not quite convincingly embodying the album’s title…

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You Win I Lose - Supertramp cover

The band Supertramp was impactful enough to have a species named after them. Thankfully they were also impactful enough to be known even as far as my small village in Germany. The band name alone resonated with me. Having been…

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Everything For Free (K's Choice cover)

I have no idea how I stumbled upon K’s Choice, but fact is that their songs float to the surface when I think of my last year before I came to the UK.

There's a huge pile of memories sitting…

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We're Gonna Make It (Little Milton cover)

 

I hadn't thought of "We're Gonna Make It" by Little Milton in what must be decades - until a few weeks ago. Things seemed to look very bleak, so I reached down into the farthest corners of my mind for…

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) cover

So the week I've scheduled to post this cover, there's abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson coming to light. Since he can claim a widely known cover version of this song, I feel I don't want to post this without distancing…

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Coming Back To You (Leonard Cohen Cover)

When I was about 20 I applied to the exclusive German Institute for Literature with a very pretentious essay, trying to convince of Leonard Cohen's (and Bob Dylan's) Nobel Prize worthiness.

I felt like a heretic, and never knew if…