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…of cabbages and kings. Ok, I couldn’t think of an imaginative post title, so I stole my favourite line from Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”

What does this have to do with this post? Nothing whatsoever really. If I had to pick something though, I could probably at a stretch relate my often random thought processes to the nonsensical way that a lot of Alice’s acquaintances speak.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “otherwise you wouldn’t have come here.”
Alice didn’t think that proved it at all: however she went on. “And how do you know that you’re mad?”
“To begin with,” said the Cat, “a dog’s not mad. You grant that?”
“I suppose so,” said Alice
“Well, then, ” the Cat went on, “you see a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.”

Let me prove my own madness by beginning a new paragraph without further introduction. See? Random thought process.

I’m in serious danger of becoming an actual covers blog here, though I haven’t heard anyone complaining. This particular batch of goodness is also going to be the subject of the first poll I’ve conducted here at It All Started, thanks to a new feature here at WordPress.

My Generation (The Who Cover) – Green Day I thought this one was going to be pretty dodgy, but it’s not too shabby at all.

These Days (Jackson Browne Cover) – Denison Witmer This fella has been releasing a cover a week to promote his new album, due out in November. Head here to check out more covers, including a Van Morrison track and Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’.

White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover) – Dirty Mittens I thought this was a little sacrilegious actually. ‘How dare you attempt to replicate such beauty!’ I think this is interesting though, and I kinda like it. Not a patch on the original however. You can find more covers of 2008 track releases here at Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good, including The Kooks covering Coldplay, The Mystery Jets covering Vampire Weekend and Katy Perry covering MGMT. There was no way I could bring myself to post that last one here. And it’s not MGMT that I have a problem with.

Come On Eileen (Live Dexys Midnight Runners Cover) – The City On Film Acoustic slowdown version – I absolutely love this. It’s amazing how a change in tempo and some gorgeous strings can transform a song from fun dance-type track to a rueful lament. The audience handclap part is pretty cool too.

My Sweet Lord (George Harrison Cover) – Girlyman This is pretty great too. Lovely vocals. Almost as good as that Elliot Smith one I posted a little while ago.

To Love Somebody (Live Bee Gees Cover) – Ray LaMontagne I’m only just now starting to get into Ray LaMontagne, and while sifting through the multitude of tracks out there, I came across his quietly passionate rendition of the Bee Gees classic.

I wonder which one the Cheshire Cat would pick?

 

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