In My Life + Imagine – Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” (encore songs 1 + 2)

In My Life“, penned by John Lennon and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, the first encore song of “Tidings Concert“, performed by Allison Crowe.
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A double reality of “John” songs – here’s “Imagine“, by John Lennon, performed by Allison as the next encore.

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In My Life: V Day Playlist #4 of 7

Here’s a tune first delivered to the world by The Beatles and George Martin on the “Rubber Soul” LP. From the timeless songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it’s a “John song”. Allison Crowe sailed to sea and performed for Lennon family and friends come together with Scottish villagers and music-lovers from all across Europe, in Durness, Scottish Highlands. The Scotsman newspaper calls Allison a “Canadian angel” and her “In My Life” cover “one of the weekend’s most magical moments”. Here’s a video version -

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and a different performance from Allison on her “Tidings” album.

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In My Life

We’ve heard a “Paul song” from “Tidings“, here, now, is a “John song”. Allison Crowe performs “In My Life“. On the stage of the Village Hall, Durness, Scottish Highlands, Allison played this Beatles’ favourite for John Lennon’s sister, Julia, and other relatives, local villagers and musicians and music-lovers from across Europe come together to celebrate the “John Lennon Northern Lights Festival.” We all shine on…
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In this video, Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe performs, live-in-the-studio, The Beatles’ beautiful In My Life. “There are places I’ll remember/ All my life though some have changed…” wrote John Lennon ~ and, with Paul McCartney contributing on the musical side, the song marked a beginning of a more literary creativity for The Fab Four.

This version is a different performance to the song recording found on Allison Crowe’s “Tidings” album. It’s recorded in the same room – Larry Anschell’s Turtle Recording studio in White Rock, B.C., Canada.

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‘Cover Me’ Premieres “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” & 1 Heck of a Guy, MTV and more dig it

Cover Me” blog’s Editor-in-Chief Ray Padgett, (SPIN, Consequence of Sound, Mashable and more), premieres Allison Crowe’s take on Annie Lennox & Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” @ http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/11/allison-crowe-shows-us-what-sweet-dreams-are-made-of.html

In the accompanying article, “Allison Crowe Shows Us What ‘Sweet Dreams‘ Are Made Of (Cover Me Premiere)”, writer Eric Garneau says of Crowe’s bare take on the song:”She delivers a reading on this ’80s mainstay at once beautifully melodious and ferociously in-your-face.”

Allison Crowe being a rock musician – well, what was called rock in the ’60s – she really enjoys, but doesn’t replicate, the sounds of the original’s pop sensibility. She strips things to their emotional core.

1 Heck of a Guy, a blog renowned for its reportage on Leonard Cohen and broomcorn lore and much, much more, shines a light on Allison Crowe’s “alchemy” in covering songs – http://1heckofaguy.com/2010/11/09/allison-crowe-renews-eurythmics-sweet-dreams – saying:

“Allison, whose covers include not only outstanding versions of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River‘ and ‘A Case of You,’ Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah,’ ‘The Beatles’ ‘In My Life‘ and ‘Let It Be,’ Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time,’ but also the most provocative and seductive (forgive me, Aretha) take I’ve heard on Ronnie Shannon’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).’ And, I stand by my conviction that Allison Crowe is the best thing to happen to ‘Me And Bobby McGee‘ since Janis Joplin changed Kristofferson’s lyrics.”

This fun, naturally, arises from the premiere of Allison’s take on Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart – The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” on the “Cover Me” blog.

This music news has now spread to the MTV blog: “Allison Crowe Strips Down Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams‘ ” – http://blog.mtvmusic.com/2010/11/09/allison-crowe-strips-down-eurythmics-sweet-dreams – and the site which has been serving ‘Sweet Dreams’ to devoted Eurythmics fans since 1999 – ethrillnet – http://ethrill.net/2010/11/09/listen-allison-crowe-covering-eurythmics-sweet-dreams

1 Heck of a Guy includes a link to this YouTube audio with pic:

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When the makers of Hollywood movie “Sucker Punch” were looking for ideas on how to approach the song, they called on Allison Crowe. For the 2011 blockbuster from director Zack Snyder, actress Emily Browning performs the song as a production number that opens what promises to be an exciting, visceral, film ride.

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