Sam Cooke Reimagined
It’s been a grey and rainy few days here in New York, perfect for placing old, scratched records on the turn table to listen to some introspective, moody tunes. And who better to express the pangs of the soul other than Sam Cooke? I’ve mentioned on this blog before that Sam Cooke is by far my favorite singer of all time. I just love that man’s voice. And what better tune of his to play while watching the rain fall from your window other than his classic, ‘Bring It On Home To Me’, considered by many to be the definitive soul song. That piano intro just sets the heart strings off.
My little sister, Natasha, pointed me to two covers of ‘Bring It on Home’ that I really like. The first is by Spoon’s lead singer, Britt Daniel. It’s a fairly stripped down and raw rework, true to the original’s style. Daniel’s does a fine job, crooning out anguish in his signature scratch, accompanied by light shakes on maracas and gentle strums on a jazz guitar. This one takes you back to those old days. The second reinvention of the song is an old cover by soul singer, Eddie Floyd. But this one is actually a Hot Chip remix of it. Can’t love that anymore. And it’s as fun as you’d expect it to be, filled with some funkiness and dance.