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.")


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!