7.22.2008

Streaming This Morning: Doveman


Who doesn't love a little "Footloose?" For me, Kenny Loggin's inspired soundtrack is still a favorite to sing along to. (Okay, okay, I'll admit; I also love the film too.)

So, when I read about Doveman's project- I had to listen. Doveman covers nine songs from the movie. He writes:

When I was very young, my half-sister Jenny died tragically. She was a teenager, and it was the 80's. She left behind a wardrobe of brightly colored clothes, rainbow stickers, life-size paintings, doodles on lined paper, and hundreds of tapes. These constitute most of my memories of her. It's sad for me to look at these things, and usually I don't. But a couple of summers ago I found a tape of hers with a startling cover photograph - this was Footloose. I couldn't stop listening: it was a portrait of 80's love, desire, pain, freedom, and frenzy; of being a teenager in a time of change. By listening, I could step into Jenny's shoes, see things from her vantage point. I could be emancipated by rock and roll and walkmen, just as she had been. We could listen together.

And, his covers are ah-mazing. You can stream the soundtrack here. (A couple of weeks you could download the entire soundtrack, but no longer.)

I suggest listening to "Almost Paradise" first and foremost... it's beautiful. (He also covers "Let's Hear It For The Boy.")

4 comments:

Jeremy said...

Wow, Almost Paradise, really is done quite beautifully.

Dave Cusick said...

Hey, LJ, I just stumbled upon your site while trying to find tracks to download from Doveman's album, since he can't host them anymore and I want to play them on my radio show. I'm actually listening right now, on imeem, and as a child of the 80's, it's profoundly moving. I don't think someone who had actually lived during that time and remembered the songs from their childhood could have done this with them, and I love it.

REALLY GREAT photographs, by the way. Are you shooting on film? I do photography, too, but every single camera I own right now needs work done. Some of my older work is at davecusick.com, if you'd like to look.

Brecke said...

Wow, it is beautiful-I would have never guessed. What a moving story about his sister.

Robin said...

It's funny that you posted this because just the other night I went to see Footloose at a theater in Centerville. And one of the girls with me mentioned that someone had drastically redone the songs. So when I saw your post I thought "this must be it!" I have to say I'm only a fan of the first 3 songs but I think the piano music is gorgeous!