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Got You Cover’d Monday • Heart Shaped Box

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Hello and happy Monday my fellow kilSters!! For this week’s edition of Got You Cover’d Monday, I thought we’d do something a little different. Well… in actuality, there’s nothing all that different from previous Got You Cover’d‘s. The only difference would be that for this week, we’re featuring a cover song of a cover song. Weird, huh? Not really. Back when I was working on the Nirvana/20th anniversary of In Utero piece, like I always do when I’m working on a piece, I love to immerse myself in the music of which ever band I’m writing about at the time.

I was curious as to how bad this could possibly be. Immediate pessimism.

So there I was, Youtube’ing Nirvana’s music when I came across a cover version of Nirvana’s immortal song, “Heart Shaped Box” by a Youtube sensation by the name of Hayley Richman. Now, I don’t normally bother to pay attention to Youtube people doing their own cover versions of popular songs, but this was Nirvana we’re talking about, and as such, I was curious as to how bad this could possibly be. Immediate pessimism. Yup, that’s me. How wrong I was. Never shall I doubt the talents of the Youtube-ers doing their thing. Hayley Richman’s version of “Heart Shaped Box” absolutely blew me away. Then, I come to find out that her version of “Heart Shaped Box” was a cover version of Lana Del Rey‘s version of the song. I happen to like Hayley’s version better.

happy go lucky is a myth when we live in a world that is anything but.

Hayley Richman is 14 years old, I probably should have stated that somewhere in the first paragraph, but I wanted to keep it as a surprise (well, if you’re reading this, 3rd paragraph SUPRISE!!) Age matters not in the grand realm of the lifeblood known as music. There have been many artists that, regardless of age have that special kind of something that I hone in on when discovering music. Her voice against this Nirvana classic evokes a certain amount of pain and sorrow that I happen to enjoy. Not that I’m morbid or anything, I just believe that happy go lucky is a myth when we live in a world that is anything but. The truth always seems to shine out when we shed our skin to reveal something real, and what’s real seems to come screaming out of our souls. Hayley Richman’s soul gave a new life to a perfect song. Enough talk. Video below. Enjoy.

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