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Writer's Block: This is a Recording

If you were to make an album consisting of only covers, which songs would you pick to sing?

This also presumes that I have the depth of range of Mariah Carey or Amy Winehouse with the sex appeal of Cher and the raspy-throated wail of a pack a day smoker while being able to have any co-lead to lend a hand.  I love songs that have a strong lyric. You know, real words to sing. Not just a crappy chorus over and over again. Well, usually, anyway. And all of the grunge stuff or heavy metal that you can't understand the lyric at all I think is atrocious. When trying to think of a list, I had more showtunes that I did songs. New rule: No showtunes allowed. That's another list.

So, that being said, off the top of my head, some of the songs that I love to sing the most include:
  1. What's Up? by 4 Non Blondes
  2. Freedom's Child by Hootie and the Blowfish
  3. Chasing Pavements by Adele (Yes, I know it's a mainstream sell-out. Suck it. It's also an awesome song.)
  4. Someday by Bryan Greenberg
  5. Cry by Angie Aparo
  6. What If His People Prayed? by Casting Crowns
  7. Under the Scotsman's Kilt and The Unicorn Song by the Irish Rovers
  8. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show by Neil Diamond
  9. Breakfast by the Newsboys
  10. Red Magic Marker by Amanda Marshall
  11. One of Us is Gonna Die Young by The Ark
  12. Captain Jack by Billy Joel
  13. Barcelona by Queen
  14. The Boxer by Carbon Leaf
  15. Travelin' Soldier and Goodbye, Earl by the Dixie Chicks
  16. Porch Swing in Tupelo by Elton John
  17. Life's a Dance by John Michael Montgomery
  18. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars by Bon Jovi
  19. Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
  20. Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  21. Ohio (Come Back to Texas) by Bowling for Soup
  22. Songbird by Eva Cassidy
  23. Broadway and We Are the Normal by the Goo Goo Dolls
  24. Walking in Memphis by Cher
  25. Clap Ya Hands by Group 1 Crew
  26. Stop Children What's That Sound by Jefferson Airplane
  27. The Reason by Hoobastank
  28. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  29. Let's Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez
  30. Beth by KISS
  31. Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
  32. Guitarzan by Ray Stevens
  33. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
  34. Put Your Records On by Corrine Bailey Rae
  35. Fancy by Reba Macintyre
  36. Mr. Sunshine by Lori McKenna
  37. Forever Changed by The Season
  38. Zombie Jamboree by Rockapella
  39. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You by Tom Waits
  40. Vienna by Linda Eder
  41. Is Nothing Sacred by Meatloaf and Patti Russo
  42. Fear by Paddy Casey
  43. Family by Amy Grant
  44. Crazy ABC's and The Old Apartment by Barenaked Ladies
  45. Fix You by The Offspring
  46. Fix You by Straight No Chaser
  47. Think by Aretha Franklin
  48. Blackbird and Norwegian Wood by The Beatles
  49. Skylark by Ernestine Anderson
  50. Rockin' With the Rhythm of the Rain by The Judds
  51. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
  52. Rocketown by Michael W. Smith
  53. Hell is for Children or We Belong to the Night by Pat Benatar (can't decide between the two)
  54. Storm by Rich Copeland (hee! Was there when he wrote this one!)
  55. Sing by My Chemical Romance
  56. God of this City by Bluetree
  57. Your Love by The Outfield
  58. Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America
  59. HollyAnn by Boston
  60. Free Your Mind by EnVogue
  61. Good Times by Tommy Lee
  62. Baba O'Reilly by The Who
  63. More Time by Needtobreathe
  64. Dream On by Voices of Lee
  65. Changes by Yes
  66. Space Oddity or Changes by David Bowie (again, can't decide)
  67. [edited to add] Maggie May by Rod Stewart [how could I forget this one???]

Well, there you have it. In no particular order, 72 songs--enough for a Time Magazine 6-CD 2AM special for $19.99, or $4.99 at your local Plan 9 discount bin.

Damn, now I need to go make another iTunes playlist....

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