Wenn Musiker die Songs anderer neu interpretieren, finde ich das prinzipiell schon mal ziemlich interessant. Je bekannter, und damit einhergehend auch meist öfter gehört, das Lied ist, desto größer wird für mein Gefühl die Aufgabe des covernden Muckers. Jamie Cullum knöpft sich in seiner Song Society Serie die Songs von The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Mark Ronson und Ben Folds Five vor. Alle mehr oder minder aktuell und alles Hits mit Ohrwurm-Potenzial.

Ich würde seine Versionen hier nicht posten, wenn sie nur mittelmäßig wären. Ich bin richtig ein bisschen vom Hocker gerissen. Mein Favorit ist ehrlich gesagt die Bieber Nummer, die mir auch so schon tagelang durch den Kopf geht. Er hat es geschafft nah am Original zu bleiben und trotzdem etwas sehr eigenes daraus gemacht.

Ihr solltet das prüfen Freunde!

I love learning other people’s songs. I find it teaches me a whole lot about songwriting which is particularly inspirational when I’m writing a new album (which is what I am doing NOW!) This time I thought I’d film and record it for you all to check it out and start an official Song Society. The songs I will be doing will be learnt and performed live, warts and all within an hour. These are NOT definitive reconstructions, just a window in to my own education! As the process develops we could vote on what the next song will be if you like? Maybe you’ve recorded you’re own version of this song and share it with us all and let’s discuss what makes these songs great. Here are the rules (made, of course, to be broken).


This is a song, from an album (Whatever and ever Amen) that made me want to play, sing and write songs behind the piano at 16 years old. Strangely I never learnt how to play the song until now. Whilst learning it I realised how significant the repetitive piano riff is behind the song’s verse (and how hard it is to play and sing at the same time – count how many times I get it wrong!) and what a banger the Middle 8 is!


We had about 30mins left and jammed this out! The rising bassline into the chorus is where it’s at for me in this one. Clever, clever but almost childlike in it’s simplicity.


This song entered my brain by osmosis though I’ve been a fan of The Weeknd since the early mixtape and after reading that Abel Tesfaye grew up listening to Mulatu Astatke. I heard it everywhere over the summer and felt like I could play before I had even learned it. I was wrong. This song is much cleverer than just its catchiness. Unusual placement of the chords, superb and insistent rhythms in the melody and a desolate, desolate depressing lyric. Awesome.


This is a cool song. Deceptively simple. It has the same chords all the way through but once I learnt it, I found all the interlocking melodies within all the other sounds that act as extra rhythmic elements too. It fits together like a happy little puzzle. I thought it would be fun to put all these parts together ONLY using the piano. I started with the bass drum which I played with my foot on the underside of the piano, looped it and built it from there. It was really fun to put together and nowhere near as simple as it sounds!

Danke Jannike, Danke Nina