Was Bob Dylan joking when he invited Michael Bolton over? It’s a funny story, regardless…

Oct 1, 2014 By Abraham 0

In a collaboration as laughable as it is unlikely, Bob Dylan and Michael Bolton got together about 25 years ago to write a song. Their day-long writing session resulted in “Steel Bars,” which was one of the singles from Bolton’s 1991 “Time, Love, & Tenderness,” which you may know as the album with his version of “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Here Michael Bolton shares his experience of working with Bob Dylan. Bolton’s amusing reminiscence of their hours together comes complete with a spot-on voice impression and some cute cartoons…

Elton John Writes Hilariously Impressive Song on the Spot. Look What He Used for “Lyrics”…

Oct 1, 2014 By Abraham 2

In 1997, at “An Audience with Elton John,” actor Richard E. Grant hilariously put Elton John on the spot…

I’ve heard that you write your songs very, very quickly. And I’ve brought some words along and hoped that you could put some music to them. Would you do that?

After a quick facepalm, Elton asks him what the lyrics are. To which Grant replies…

Um, well, it’s from… It’s the… It’s the instructions from my oven.

The crowd erupts in laughter and Elton agrees to give it a go. After starting slowly, he finds his stride — as if the music were already latent in the dry prose of the manual — and by the end the improvised song is a virtual masterpiece…

10 huge pop songs rewritten as sonnets. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is actually really moving…

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

Usually, song lyrics don’t stand alone as poems to be simply read aloud without music, let alone read silently from a page. But what if some of our favorite lyrics (or at least some incredibly famous lyrics) were re-imagined as renaissance-era sonnets?

It sounds silly… It is silly. But the genius behind Pop Sonnets has discovered that ridiculous as the idea is, it’s still pretty awesome.

While some of the results are funny, others actually work surprisingly well…

Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”

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Will Smith, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

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Singer channels both Freddie Mercury and Pavarotti at once in a 1-man “duet”

Sep 26, 2014 By Abraham 3

Marc Martel is an incredible singer. We’ve seen him before as the guy who auditioned to be Freddie Mercury in a Queen tribute band by perfectly covering “Somebody to Love.”

In this video, he performs the aria “Nessun dorma” as a duet by Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury. And to add to the impressiveness of his impressions, he not only imitates their singing styles, he imitates their facial hair. He sings Pavarotti’s part with full beard and Mercury’s with just a mustache…at the same time.

This is a single take. Except for two words of added harmony vocals at the end, it is “one continuous performance from start to finish.”…