Sometimes it pays off to do things other wouldn’t dare to. Sam Beam’s unlikely and exquisite cover of George Michael’s 1988 number-one hit, reworked with celestial organ, clarinet, and strikingly effusive vocals, is a reaffirmation of Michael’s underrated genius as a songwriter.
“I’m kind of just figuring out the themes now of the record, so there’s a lot of — I feel like every word I say is gonna sound super-cliche, but there’s a lot of inner conflict going on.”—Neko Case on entering the studio to make her new record. Morning Edition will document the process over the coming months. In the first installment, we listen to a song that’s not quite finished, not quite recorded, not even quite written. (via nprmusic)