I had an amazing experience today. I hadn’t actually bought my tickets west to visit my sister, just held them for 24 hours two months ago then forgot to finalize the transaction. I called up Delta and got the exact same flights with frequent fliers even though my departure is tomorrow. It’s a holiday miracle!
This put me in holiday mode (lamh35’s comment on Thanksgiving in NOLA already had me partway there), so I’m going to mostly do fun posts on stuff other than politics the next week.
Here’s one. I just heard Aretha Franklin’s cover of “You’re All I Need To Get By” on Pandora and I thought it would be fun to do a thread on people’s favorite covers of all time. I will define a cover as something someone recorded before but not a folk song or standard. How about a top 5 or 6 or 7 list with one additional restriction: no performer can appear more than once (otherwise you could do an all-Aretha list). Also, all other things being equal, not too obscurantist. I’ll go with
Love in Vain (Rolling Stones)
For the Good Times (Al Green)
I Say A Little Prayer For You (Aretha Franklin)
I’d Rather Go Blind (Koko Taylor)
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Willie Nelson)
Sail Away (Etta James)
I Fought The Law (The Clash)
What’s your list?