Julie Covington, Pete Atkin & (well) me

This is an good discussion that took place on the Midnight Voices website, which is the website devoted to the songs of Pete Atkin and Clive James.

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Re: Julie Covington
« Reply #4: 21.12.07 at 21:04 »
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Has anyone other than myself noticed that Julie Covington is becoming something of a presence on You Tube of late.  
 
I know that the sound quality on YouTube is not all that great, but if it’s the only place I  get to hear Julie wonderful interpretation of John Lennon’s In My Life – the best piece of lyric-writing Lennon ever did, to my mind –  or her grammatically corrected (though idiomatically awkward) version of the same lyricist’s If I Fell, then I’m quite happy to settle for poor sound quality. I ever grateful for small mercies.
 
Kevin Cryan
 
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I have often wondered whether there ever could be cicumstances in which the lady being addressed by Lennon’s protagonist in If I Fell would accept his proposal.  If I were a woman, I’d be tempted tell him to take hike before he’d got half way through his spiel. I like think that the only reason he actually gets through at all  is that she is dumbstruck by his sheer effrontory.

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Re: Julie Covington
« Reply #5: 27.12.07 at 09:05 »
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Thanks, Kevin – yet again! – for calling attention to these performances, which I for one would almost certainly have missed otherwise, the original broadcast having passed me by at the time.  They’re both great examples of Julie’s exceptional ability to add a dimension to a song undreamt of by its writer.   Most cover versions of Lennon and/or McCartney songs have ranged from the bizarrely inappropriate to the just about justifiable of the grounds of sending you back to the original, but I think both of these belong with the tiny number of L&M covers which, while they don’t – and don’t pretend to – eclipse the originals, find something more in them.  (I’d include in that number Shawn Colvin’s recentish encore version of “I’ll Be Back”, so far unrecorded as far as I know.)

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Re: Julie Covington
« Reply #6: 27.12.07 at 16:03 »
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on 27.12.07 at 09:05, Pete Atkin wrote:

….. Most cover versions of Lennon and/or McCartney songs have ranged from the bizarrely inappropriate to the just about justifiable of the grounds of sending you back to the original, but I think both of these (In My Life & If I Fell. kc) belong with the tiny number of L&M covers which, while they don’t – and don’t pretend to – eclipse the originals, find something more in them.  (I’d include in that number Shawn Colvin’s recentish encore version of “I’ll Be Back”, so far unrecorded as far as I know.)


Hi Pete,
 
It’s good to be able to report that Shawn Covlin has recorded I’ll be Back and that it’s on her 2005 album,
Polaroids – A Greatest Hits Collection. In fact, she recorded it specially for inclusion on that album, and in doing so was deliberately extending the definition “hits” beyond recorded “hits” to include “hit” live and broadcast performances.  
 
Kevin Cryan

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