Billy Joel just couldn't sell Vienna to me, but Grace did

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  1. ASATKat

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    Beautiful and SOULFUL cover. I finally listened to the words thanks to Grace. She really brings out the heart of what Billy Joel wrote, perhaps better than Joel.
    Yes, better.

     
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    That song just has a "sound" that defines Billy Joel. No cover can improve upon that, imo. Great tune, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Sure, that's reasonable, but it's just a song as well. No song writer is above someone else singing their material.

    And it brings up the issue of tons of artists singing other artists material.
    First off, they need permission, I don't see Grace breaking that rule. It also says that Joel is good with it, probably wishes her the best.

    The question in doing a cover imo is how well can the artist sell the song to you. Do you believe, can you be swept up in the moment of beauty?

    Joel has just about always been too popish with softened down disco beats, pretty 80s, extremely identifiably, to the point of being stereo cast. And Grace? She slowed it down, sang it with soft rounded pitch, jazzy. Not at all like Joel.

    Let the song be its own song that can be adopted.
     
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    Too many singers sound like this these days.
     
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    Nice version, lovely voice too.
     
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    I hear you.. I'd counter that a song is more than just lyrics. More than just a chord chart and melody.

    What you're saying seems like a compliment to the song, and original artist, in my view. That is, the song is a creation and thus its own entity, free to be interpreted by other performers.

    I think without Billy Joel singing it, it loses its identity completely. Certain songs more than others have a feel instilled by the original artist which is integral. As I said before, this song when performed by Billy is a window into his soul as an artist. Yes it's pop, at its absolute finest.
     
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    I spent my time listening to Robben Ford almost 24/7 all throught the 70 & 80s.
    Then Sco, Frisell and Kimock.

    It's all about Grace's soulful delivery.
     
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    Hearing this makes me want to hear some more - in the person of Rickie Lee Jones. Wonder if Grace or anyone from her generation even knows who Rickie is, since I heard a lot of Jones' clones on American Idol (back when I watched it).
     
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    One of my favorite Billy Joel tunes.
     
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    Sounds nice.

    I didn’t think she took the song anywhere special. I suspect the OP is listening with multiple sensory organs, and who could lay blame?

    My Vienna would wait for her to get a little more older.
     
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