I tend to haunt the Singer/Songwriter section on iTunes, and I kept scrolling past Ryan Adams' cover album of "1989" for a week before I gave in. At first I thought it was just a single which is cool because I love re-interpretations of songs we love. When I discovered it was the entire album, I winced a little bit, not knowing what to expect. And then I listened to my favorite track, "Out of the Woods", and...oh my heart.
"1989" is a little sentimental to me because it's tied to a story I've been conceiving for a while. And while each song seemed to capture specific elements of my protagonist, I wasn't as sure about them fitting her love interest very much. I'm weird about music and stories connecting like that. And when I listened to Ryan's cover of "Out of the Woods", I heard my character's deep and husky voice speaking directly through the song. Ryan Adams has turned Taylor's songs inside out and made them smooth and homey and rich in a different way. He also adds a little Bruce Springstein-esque sound to certain tracks, specifically "Style" and "Welcome to New York" (which I have to say I love his version of New York more). It's profound how an art form can look and feel one way, and in the hands of someone else turn into something new. Ryan's voice is so beautiful. I had never heard any of his music before, and I'm looking forward to hearing more. It's awesome to know that Ryan's songwriting inspired Taylor in her own, and can you imagine the honor of having one of your inspirations inspired by you enough to honor your work? That's priceless.
There are two magnificent versions of 1989 out right now, and this one is extra level special.
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