Thursday, March 22, 2007

Even a Cat In Heat Hits the Right Note Once In a While

One of my exes used to live in the Dakota. She used to tell tales about what an unbearable neighbor this woman was.

And if you've not heard her singing voice--- How can it be described? Think of Geddy Lee from Rush. Now imagine the sound he might make as he gets his testicles waxed. You're just about there.

But in at least one aspect of her life, Yoko Ono deserves praise.

She has waived all royalties for an album of cover songs of her late husband's music called Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur. (Hat tip to Sharon Cobb)

The basic $19.98 CD has 20 John Lennon covers, including the title track by U2, Working Class Hero by Green Day (a video is also expected), Mother by Christina Aguilera, Power to the People by the Black Eyed Peas, Love by The Cure, Jealous Guy by Yousou N'Dour, Imagine by Willie Nelson and Real Love by Regina Spektor. Tunes by Big & Rich and Jack Johnson also are due.
Half the 40 tracks will be available overseas or as bonuses on CD tailored for online and big-box retailers. Give Peace a Chance is interpreted by Aerosmith with Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars and by a Japanese ensemble in the vein of We Are the World. All will be sold as individual downloads. Artists donated recordings and Ono waived publishing rights to Lennon's catalog. - USA TODAY

Sounds like a great lineup, but they should definitely include Keb Mo's version of "Imagine". I realize he's not the big name that some of the others are, but come on, there's got to be something to say for musical merit.

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