Covers & Comedians & So Forth

I don’t know if “creativity geek” is any kind of official term, but even if it’s not I think I just might be one. I get the most enormous kick out of seeing creative people operating in the straight-up center of their giftedness, and if I happen to see a memorable moment/performance/interview on YouTube or some other corner of the interweb, you’d better believe I will WEAR IT OUT and watch over and over. Same with stuff on the DVR. I can’t explain why, exactly. It just makes me happy to see people do something really well, regardless of what their specific talents happen to be. After all, I have been known to watch the final round of a Top Chef competition, then rewind the whole thing and watch it all over again.

All that to say: here are three of my favorite creative moments right now. I have a sneaking suspicious that there are a few of you who are creativity geeks, too, and you are about to be FILLED WITH JOY.

1. Kelly Clarkson singing Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason”

Could Kelly Clarkson please do a whole album of cover songs? THAT WOULD BE SO DELIGHTFUL. I just love the way her voice sounds here; plus, this song was one of my late-90s favorites. Reminds me of driving from Jackson to Memphis and Jackson to Baton Rouge. So basically, I guess, this song reminds me of I-55.

2. Jerry Seinfeld interviews Julia Louis-Dreyfus

One of my favorite web series is Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Jerry Seinfeld is a great interviewer, and it really is a blast to listen to conversations – sometimes about comedy, sometimes not – between comedians. I’ve probably watched this particular conversation with Julia Louis-Dreyfus three or four times just because I love the dynamic of their relationship and their appreciation for their Seinfeld days. There is a little bit of language scattered throughout, so just FYI in case you want to be mindful of little ears.

3. NEEDTOBREATHE singing “I Want You Back” & “Hard to Handle”

No kidding. Before I ever listened to a note, I saw the two songs listed on the video and nearly had to take a pill. Favorite band + two of my all-time favorite songs = good times ahoy. The “Hard to Handle” part of this is almost more than I can take. Reminds me so much of Starkville and my friend Daphne and my Eagle Premier with the horn that I could pop off the steering wheel and honk while holding it in my lap.

I may have crossed the need-to-know line with the info about the horn. But still. That cover is pretty great, isn’t it?

Happy Wednesday, everybody. A new newsletter will go out tomorrow, hopefully with laughs-a-plenty!

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  1. Rachel Holliday says:

    Did you see NTB on Good Morning America a couple of weeks ago? I’ve watched it over and over. So, just in case you missed it:

    Thanks for sharing this new one…going to watch it now! :)

    • Rachel Holliday says:

      Update…I have now listened to this NTB video at least sixteen times…and I am not even exaggerating.

  2. Oh my lands! These are great! Thanks for always sharing little pockets of fun! Need to Breathe was AMAZING!

  3. Love it!
    This one isn’t fun filled because of subject matter, but did you see Steven Curtis Chapman’s song about Charleston? He’s one gifted guy.

  4. Three great vids. We are totally in love with Jerry and CCC as well and as a major Seinfeld fan, I loved the episode with Julia. Can you imagine if you just happened to be at the café that day and saw them walk in together? I would have fallen apart!

    And Kelly Clarkson: the more I hear her, the more I like her. I’m a huge Josh Groban fan (I know, he’s probably a little too opera-y for you. You and your cousin would have been kicked out of church). On his latest album, he sings a duet with Kelly from Phantom of the Opera. I was prepared to cringe. I thought, “Really. Wasn’t Kristin Chenowith available or someone who can legitimately sing those notes? Anyone?” But I was so wrong. Ever so. Kelly sings down the house and holds her own with Mr. Big Vibrato like nobody’s bidness. It is sublime.

  5. Deborah R says:

    Stop. It. NTB is my absolute favorite band. EVER! Those boys could play/sing the alphabet or something like Tubthumping by Chumbawamba and I’d just die of sheer happiness! They make anything sound better. Thanks for sharing that! I immediately sent it to my hubby and I’m sure I’ll play that multiple times as I sit here at my desk today.

  6. OK – here’s another fun one for you… It’s John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in 2002 doing The One that I Want live onstage! Super fun to watch! :)

  7. Oh my! I had not seen the Kelly Clarkson cover but I loved it. I had already posted the NTB one on my FB page and my blog. LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Bear is painful to watch but SUCH a delight to listen to. Talented brothers, even if they are named Bo and Bear!

  8. This is how I feel about Wes Hampton’s Because He Lives that you posted in April. I have watched that about a hundred times. Love it!

  9. Thanks for sharing! I am now going to replay for the rest of the afternoon!

  10. I nearly fell out of my chair with the NTB video when I saw it. THE BEST.

  11. I just danced with abandon while seated at my kitchen table with a can of Pepsi in my hand. I’m so glad I’m home alone.

  12. Oh, Sophie. I have fallen down the rabbit hole of single shots on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. So funny and so addictive. But it makes me want a Starbucks.

  13. Thank you for sharing. The NTB was so good. We are going to see them in concert next month and I can’t wait!
    You always share the best stuff. :)

  14. I love the clip of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Julia. This one was great and it led me to watch almost 2 hours of it yesterday. They one with Jimmy Fallon when they go out in Jerry’s boat is SO funny. Laughing out loud is so good for the soul. Thanks for always helping out :-)

  15. oh, dear! oh, dear me! where have i been, and why have i not known of this perfection that is the NTB clip right here. the days of driving around listening to this here tune. on a tape. thanks ever so much for bring this little ditty back to me!

  16. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    I miss Jerry and Julia together. So happy to have seen them in the CCC show!!!