Piano Bar

In case you missed it, head on over to Coverville to listen to a roundtable discussion about covers featuring myself, Liza of Copy, Right?, Jamie of Fong Songs, Joshua of Cover Lay Down, and Kurtis of Covering The Mouse. I make a strong first impression by muting my microphone while I’m being introduced. And to think I used to be a college disc jockey.

Thanks to Brian of Coverville for inviting me to participate and to the other bloggers for putting up with me. And congrats to Brian on his 450th podcast.

I used to work at the corner of LaSalle and Chicago. There was a hole in the wall nearby called the Joanne Piano Bar. Several of my coworkers frequented the place. I went there a couple of times but it wasn’t my scene. I just wasn’t urban-hipster enough, I guess. So here’s a tribute to the late great Joanne.

Emm Gryner “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Def Leppard)
Generous reader Hanne shared this with me some time ago. She says that she used to play it alongside the original when she was teaching orchestration and arranging. I can only imagine the expressions on the faces of her students.

Tori Amos “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana)
If anybody tells you that there aren’t too many covers of “Teen Spirit” just play this for them. They’ll shut up pretty quickly.

Greg Laswell “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper)
They may want to have fun but this song doesn’t make them sound all that enthusiastic about it.

Giant Sand “Iron Man” (Black Sabbath)
Kick back with a martini and enjoy some smooth jazz.

Twink “Beautiful World” (Devo)
Twink does some really interesting things with toy pianos. Check out their website.