Stream: Sondre Lerche Covers Beyonce
    • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011

    • Posted by: Ed McGarrigle

    For some reason, it seems like the holiday season inspires musicians to put out some covers. More often than not, it's usually just some Christmas carols and whatnot, not acoustic covers of mega-superstar's top singles. Well, it looks like no one told Sondre Lerche that. Lerche, who has somewhat of a tradition doing covers around this time of year, decided to give us his version of Beyonce's "Countdown."

    Lerche's version was recorded in his father-in-law's basement with just an acoustic guitar and a few gender based lyric changes. This is his statement about his song of choice:

    "This year, its officially a tradition: for the third time my annual Christmas gift to you is my humble solo acoustic version of someone elses song; my favorite of the year, no less. In 2011 there was a tie between two incredible songs (Changes by Sandro Perri being the non-Beyonc one), and both proved equally impossible to tackle or do justice to alone. But its what I do, and there are worse jobs, so I did it. I took the liberty of making some gender-oriented changes to the lyrics to better accommodate my macho-persona (although I wouldnt dare tamper with Beyoncs appeal to all women to show their man they are the fliest simply by grinding up on it girl, show him how you ride it). That being said, the trick is to get passed the novelty-factor and just sing a beautiful song at the best of your abilities. Obviously, a significant part of this songs appeal and ecstatic energy comes from the dizzying vocal performance and the mind-blowingly cool production work elements and talents useless to even attempt replicating (especially not in my father in-laws basement). But as long as theres a song underneath, theres a way. Thats how I operate. Its what I do. Thanks for all the good times this year and for listening. Happy Holidays, y'all."

    Hop on over here to stream Sondre's "Countdown" cover.

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