Have you ever been in a band and when you get together to jam you end up playing the same song a bunch of times, yet you never seem to get tired of it? Well for me, these days that song is Many the Miles by Sara Bareilles. I like the words. I like the harmonies. I like that you can arrange it in multiple ways and play it in different styles and its all good. It’s a singer’s song in my opinion – it lends itself to singing with feeling, and there’s ample opportunity to belt it out if you are capable (which I am not, but I play with people that are). It’s totally subjective I know, but I think its a great song to listen to, and an even better song to play.
I’m sure there are other songs that I can’t remember, but here are some of my more memorable “favorite songs to cover” along with the year they were most heavily played on my iPod and in practice sessions.
- Many the Miles by Sara Bareilles (2010)
- I’m Yours by Jason Mraz (2009) I must have listened to this song a few hundred times while writing Fishbook in the wee hours of the morning.
- What Am I To You by Norah Jones (2006) The centerpiece of our setlist when we were playing out often.