Friday, February 17, 2012

Back to The Start: Willie Nelson for Chipotle - "The Scientist" (Coldplay, Chris Martin)

I've always really been a sucker for a solid cover or remix. The whole idea of an artist giving their own unique take on someone else's "vision" [admiration] has always intrigued me. I think that the specific Willie Nelson cover presented here is hands down the most compelling/inventive cover I've heard in a pretty long time! It really doesn't even matter that it might have been commissioned by Chipotle for use in a TV commercial; Nelson's rendition of one of Coldplay's earliest hits is still just as original and heart-felt. And isn't that really the sheer genesis of a "good cover:" When you definitely know that you recognize the lyrics, but just can't seem to place it @ first because the vocals or instrumentation are just slightly tweaked?

While it actually debuted online way back in August, "Back to The Start" (Johnny Kelly) made it's nation-wide premier during The Grammy's last week... right after Coldplay exited the stage, following their performance. Willie Nelson is currently on tour and his unique cover of "The Scientist" is now available on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting Chipotle's "Cultivate Foundation." If you haven't already, check out their latest album - Mylo Xyloto, which I highly recommended! I bought a copy of said Brian Eno-produced Coldplay CD for his birthday and made sure to rip myself a copy prior to gifting. Essentially, based solely off the strength of Coldplay's inventive, yet fun-loving "Paradise" music video. I wonder if Coldplay & Willie Nelson will link up on the road to perform "The Scientist" together? Now, THAT'D be pretty cool! [read: Butt-Head voice]

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