When I wrote my “What Ten Covers Matter To You” piece on Cover Me, I chose from an initial list of more than 30. But there were more that felt left out, so here are another ten covers, making this a collection of Ten Covers That Are Meaningful To Me, But Not As Meaningful As The First List.
Again, alphabetically by title:
Hannah Becker—Baby, I Love You (Aretha Franklin cover)
I ended the first piece with an appreciation of my wife’s voice, and I’m starting this one with my daughter (my son will get his due shortly). It was clear, very early, that Hannah could sing, and sing quite well. Similar to her mother, she had a beautiful, pure voice. In high school, she took singing lessons at a local music school, Lagond, that focused on teaching students the art of performance. Hannah started working with a teacher, Amy, who believed that she could unearth a soul singer from our very white suburban daughter with the pretty voice. Turned out, she was right.
Like many organizations, there was a little clubbiness about the Lagond students and their families, many of whom had children who had performed together over the years. Hannah was a new student, who really didn’t know many of the others, but nevertheless was invited to perform at a benefit for the school. The other performers were excellent, and mostly known to the audience of parents, faculty and staff. Then, Hannah came out and sang her version of Aretha Franklin’s “Baby, I Love You,” and shocked the audience. I later overheard someone remarking at how good “Aretha Girl” was, and wondering where she came from. I don’t have video of that performance, but I do have it of her at a subsequent school showcase, where she again blew away the audience.
After leaving Lagond, Hannah seems to have moved away from the soul belting style, and back toward, which you can see here, with her college a capella group.