Old records wear out, and sheet can't really describe the swing
—but a good player piano roll
captures the style
of a live performance and preserves it for generations to come. [more inside]
Of the final scene in The Deer Hunter
, Ebert wrote: I won't tell you how it arrives at that particular moment (the unfolding of the final passages should occur to you as events in life) but I do want to observe that the lyrics of "God Bless America" have never before seemed to me to contain such an infinity of possible meanings, some tragic, some unspeakably sad, some few still defiantly hopeful
The song was first written in 1918
, and 20 years later it was introduced by Kate Smith
as a patriotic “Peace Song”.
Here’s some trivia about the Deer Hunter
, and a bio of the amazing Irving Berlin
When Bad Singers Happen To Good Songs: The Songicides!
In today's Spectator
Markus Berkmann amusingly raises the deadly spectre of the worst covers
ever recorded. We're talking assassins here. I nominate Phil Collins's massacre of Holland/Dozier/Holland's "You Can't Hurry Love", as originally sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes; U2's goring of Cole Porter's "Night and Day", best sung by Sinatra or Ella and, worst of all, though he's my favourite artist, Leonard Cohen's mangling of Irving Berlin's classic "Always". What's the worst cover version
you'd like to report to Musical Homicide?