I've always loved listening to covers; especially in the Taiwanese music scene with its' emphasis on indie music and acoustic, relaxing music, it's allowed me to gain a new appreciation for listening to artists perform in a much quieter and low-key setting, performing songs that they love for us, or performing popular songs which might not be their own, but might reveal to us a whole new side of their personality, or a new versatility that we can't find in their music! Here in the first post of this blog series, are three covers which I've enjoyed listening to in the past week or so. Enjoy!
WILLIAM WEI: 慢慢等Waiting Slowly
I guess you can't really call this one a cover, but more like an acoustic performance of Will's own song 慢慢等(Waiting Slowly) which he performs here in lieu of his performance in Beijing in end September. His voice as always, brings comfort and a quiet confidence and warmth that lingers after the last notes are sung and the twang from the guitar chords have faded into thin air.
Second, we have Sharon Kwan's cover of the hit song <听见下雨的声音>(The sound of rain) which was picked for her by fans to perform! Unlike Queen Wei's version, cool, crisp and refreshing, Sharon's take brings with it from the first note a twist of warmth-a smile in her voice, and an honesty which transcends through the song to the ears of all listeners. Also getting a grunge-rock feel from her version, which is refreshing in its' own right!
A very interesting and impressive song choice that we don't see done very often by the new generation of singers; Kimberley Chen performs a One Take of Whitney Houston's <I Have Nothing>. It's a little rough around the edges, but she never fails to impress with her jaw-dropping range which she showcases through an amazing key change and use of improvisation. Makes you want to brush up on your karaoke skills doesn't it? Me too...