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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Carrie Manolakos Covering Radiohead: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

There is so much great music available on the Internet that I can easily take it for granted.  This clip leaves me breathless every time I hear it.  You know those rare moments in music, when you realize that you were holding your breath as a listener even though you had no idea you were doing it? This is one of those clips. At the Savvy Musician in ACTION Retreat down at the University of South Carolina, I had the opportunity to get to know fellow Thought Leader Justin Kantor, the co-founder of Le Poisson Rouge.  We were talking about all of the incredible performances that have happened in the space he created and this clip came up.  I watched it on a big screen and was left speechless.

This is how you cover a song.  You make it your own with an interesting arrangement, you play it with an incredible group of musicians, and you GO FOR IT! Somewhere, the guys from Radiohead are smiling from ear to ear.  I'll never hear the song Creep the same way ever again.

Enjoy!