Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bon Covers Bonnie

Future Hubby...
I have this home video of me as a pint-sized three year-old, (naturally) wearing the most ridiculous outfit in front of the camera. My tapered fluorescent sweat pants are riding up my tiny torso, my skin-tight cartoon shirt has been deprived of adjustment and has become a belly-top – but regardless of my outrageous attire, I’m in nirvana. Swaying and hopping around my Aunt’s kitchen to Bonnie Raitt’sI Can’t Make You Love Me”, I stand up and plop down repeatedly, perform wild ballet and lift myself up using my Mom’s knees to smooch her throughout my performance. What starts off as a silly dance routine by a curly-haired toddler turns into something quite precious that I’m happy to have captured on camera – us sharing a little moment to a great song, that was new at the time, and now is a classic.

So, imagine my reaction when I see that Bon Iver decided to cover this classic 1991 tune on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon two nights ago. As Fallon accurately states, the performance has a twist, and doesn’t become “I Can’t Make You Love Me” until about the 1:45 mark. Either way, it’s moving and beautiful to hear Justin Vernon accompanied by a piano, under a dim spotlight, in front of a quiet crowd. No matter what Vernon or his band decide to do, it always manages to come across as original and haunting. He's famous for covers like this – of songs you wouldn’t necessarily expect – as well as famous for always managing to pull it off while maintaining his rustic, falsetto charm. Marry me, Justin Vernon.

For more Bon Iver covers, check out his cover of Sarah Siskind’s “Lovin’s For Fools” and Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”.

I Can't Make You Love Me - Bon Iver (cover)

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