But Sing You Sinners isnt like Rod Stewarts recent albums, where well-known standards sound pretty much like the way youve heard them hundreds of times before. Most of the tracks on McKeowns project are little-known nuggets composed by some of the eras biggest names (like Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter). McKeown chose them because of their obscurity. If a song filled up my computer screen when I [searched] for it on iTunes, I wouldnt cover it, she says. Its a good thing that I dug deep because I found some really cool stuff in the corners.
Even the songs you probably are familiar with -- like Get Happy, made famous by Judy Garland -- take on a different vibe here. Many could easily be mistaken for a McKeown original. I wanted to find songs I could play my way, she says. These songs [connected] technically and emotionally.
McKeown says this is it for the oldies. She doesnt plan to milk the concept for another five years. She says Sing You Sinners was intended as a one-shot CD to give her a much-needed break from the writing-recording-touring grind thats consumed the past 10 years of her life. Creating music thats entirely my own gets exhausting, she says. I feel rejuvenated now.
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