Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
I’ve written about Jamie Cullum before. Once again, I present a cover of a contemporary song as opposed to a standard or original composition. I plan to correct this soon, though yet another will show up on the 2008 Spring CD. In any case, his version of “Catch the Sun” by Doves warrants this inclusion. The song is from his second album, Catching Tales.
Cullum seems to cover songs by Americans and his fellow Brits equally well. Other artists include Pharrell, Jimi Hendrix, and even the Gershwins. With every album, he’s recorded fewer covers and has performed more of his own original material, either written solely or with his brother Ben. Personally, I like the mixture, and I hope he keeps some variety in future work.
Next time: a good old-fashioned piano-pounding rock song