I have been a fan of mashups as long as I have known that they existed. One of my all-time favorites is a mix of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” with Ludacris’s “What’s Your Fantasy”, which fits perfectly despite the mismatch that it sounds like. There were mashups long before amateurs were able to do their own mixing, though. Pop stars performing their own songs regularly drop other songs into the middle of a performance to mix things up and get a response from their audience.
Yesterday I got an IM from Canadian singer/songwriter and Pop Culture Maven Will-W. that he had a little something for me to listen to, and I honestly couldn’t stop listening once I started. He recorded the instrumental track for Kylie’s “All the Lovers”, and then recorded vocals over the track from the Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town”, with a little bit of “Lovers” on the chorus and bridge. Brilliant stuff, I tell ya. He’s put it up on YouTube this morning, so check it out, and also check out his blog if you want to keep up with all that’s new and worthy in pop culture.
This week has been stress with a capital S, and when you throw in a little bug for good measure, it’s a perfect recipe for the holiday blues. There has been a feeling of homesickness creeping up on me the past week, but not feeling well just opened the floodgates. So it really was perfect timing when Will-W. posted his version of “Blue Christmas” last night. No gospel choir singers or bombastic arrangements are necessary when you have a quality singer singing a quality song, right? And to sweeten the pot, the song is available for free on his website. That fits PERFECTLY into my gift-giving budget this year!
While we are talking about free Christmas songs, make sure you check out Amazon’s 25 Days of Free promotion, where they are giving away a free Christmas song every day through the 25th. Among those already available for download are selections by Tori Amos, Lady GaGa, Jars of Clay, and Todd Agnew. It’s a bit hit or miss on the quality (really, did the world need GaGa’s take on “Deck the Halls”?), but with the selection they are offering, there’s probably something there for everyone’s taste. My favorite so far has been Richie McDonald’s take on “O Holy Night”. You might remember Richie as the former lead singer of Lonestar, whose hit “Amazed” crossed over to the pop charts in a big way in 1999 and 2000, both in the US and the UK.