It's been awhile since I've put up a few tunes for people to check out. So I thought I'd remedy that. Below are three covers by three actors of three good songs. "Anywhere I Lay My Head" by Scarlett Johansson from Anywhere I Lay My Head, covering Tom Waits
Johansson recently put out an album that covers a set of Tom Waits songs. It's been getting mixed reviews and after giving it a full listen, yes, not everything on the album works. Tom Waits is a musician I've always liked, whose talents as a songwriter cannot be denied. But his vocals are an acquired taste and I know people have a hard time getting used to the scratchy, growly quality of his voice. His original version of this song is one of my favorite Waits songs and I really like Johansson's rendition of it. It's hazy, melodious, and romantic in a slightly skewed way. Certainly worse ways for one to pay tribute. "You Really Got a Hold On Me" by She & Him from Volume One, covering The Miracles
The "She" in She & Him is Zooey Deschanel, from such films like The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
and Almost Famous
. I rather like the quality of her voice and she does a nice, slow, lovely rendition of the Miracles song about the one you love, even though you really wish you didn't. The "Him" in the song is M.Ward, whose previous albums I've enjoyed. "You're So Vain" by John Barrowman from Another Side, covering Carly Simon
This one is a bit unfair since Barrowman is an actor, but he's also pretty much a musician as well. Still, I felt the need to share this one. The original Simon version is a wonderfully angry, angsty, accusatory song. I mean, just look at the title. It's also kind of campy, but I love it for that. Barrowman's perhaps sounds less angry, but it's still great fun to listen to. And yes, maybe I sort of envision Captain Jack singing this to the Doctor, but shhhhh! Quiet! Just give me my fannish-ness.