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Cover Me: Ingrid Michaelson


I hope that this offering will be acceptable for my cover song hiatus. This is one of the most amazing covers I’ve ever heard, Ingrid Michaelson covering R.E.M.

The first time I heard this was when I saw her in concert 2 summers ago. She goes on to explain this crazy story about not being able to shower before performing at R.E.M.’s induction ceremony for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and how she did this song with a loop pedal. So, of course, it was only fair that she perform it for us after forcing us to endure this crazy tale. Ingrid started layering beats and harmonies and after a few bars of stacking, I realized it was Nightswimming. This version will never allow you to listen to the original the same again. Also it will make you want to master a loop pedal within a matter of days, at least that’s what I hear…

All I can tell you before you press play is that you will fall in love with her voice, this version, and the song itself in a matter of 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Let the love affair ensue.