Jeb Havens, Matt Zarley & Julie Garnye Cover ‘You Will Be Found’

L-R Jeb Havens, Julie Garnye, Matt Zarley

Another week, another Hump Day, another look out the window as the pandemic continues and I contemplate our relative solitude.

Lately, I’ve listened to the urging of my better angels and find myself reaching out to check on friends, or as I call them, ‘family.’

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, says “loneliness is thought to be a biological drive that motivates us to reconnect.”

So, I’ve been making those calls and video chats that get put off to make sure folks don’t feel ‘forgotten in the middle of nowhere.’

Which brings me to this gorgeous new cover of “You Will Be Found” from the mega-hit Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen.

Recording artists Jeb Havens, Matt Zarley, and Julie Garnyé collaborated on the music video long-distance from their respective isolations during the pandemic lockdown.

I’ve profiled two-time OutMusic Award winner Zarley and the handsome Mr. Havens before on TRR, but this is my first chance to share Ms. Garnye’s talents here as well.

All three have lengthy resumes that reflect their vocal gifts and “Found” proves to be the perfect vehicle for the talented trio.

Havens leads out alongside a spare, pensive piano accompaniment, and is soon joined by Zarley and a soothing cello line. Next stop – the chorus, tightly-woven harmonies, and that key change you know is coming.

Like a powerful clarion call, Garnye sings as the beat kicks in:

There’s a place where we don’t have to feel alone / Every time that you call out, you’re a little less alone
If you only say the word / From across the silence your voice is heard

Beat, beat, beat, accelerando, more harmonies (excellent musicianship, btw) and we get to the big gorgeous ending that seems our due.

Big props to Zarley who edited the video. Three solo shots could have been a real snore to watch, but the whole shindig takes on such visual dynamics it feels like having a whole Broadway ensemble on my screen.

Enough of my prattling, though. Hit play, kick back and feel good. The right message at the right time.

Lady Gaga Covers Elton John’s “Your Song” For Tribute Album

Lady Gaga

Check out Lady Gaga’s powerful new cover of the classic “Your Song” (easily one of my favorite Elton John/Bernie Taupin tunes) taken from the forthcoming album, Revamp: Reimagining the Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.

Featuring new versions of Elton’s classic songs from Mary J. Blige, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Elton John & P!nk & Logic, Florence + The Machine, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Q-Tip & Demi Lovato, Queens Of The Stone Age, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, Revamp is set to be released on April 6th, 2018.

John has announced a 300-date farewell tour over the next three years before retiring from touring.

Here’s a tease of Gaga performing “Your Song” from the upcoming tribute Elton John: I’m Still Standing – a GRAMMY Salute to be broadcast Tuesday, April 10 at 9/8c on CBS.

Here’s the full track by Gaga:

#TBT: Greg Laswell “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

After listening to kenneth-in-the-212‘s posting of Robert Hazard’s version of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (which I loved), I’m in inspired to share one of my favorite recordings of the Cyndi Lauper classic.

I love when folks speed up or slow down a well-known track and the reinvention reveals a whole new flavor to the tune.

I found Greg Laswell’s melancholy cover of GJWTHF refreshing in it’s reflective, pensive approach.

It always slows me down and makes me think.

Listen below. Check out more from Laswell on iTunes.

The Shirtless Violinist: “Trump & Putin – A Gay Pride Love Story”

The Shirtless Violinist delivers his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” via a tongue in cheek parody of the current Trump/Putin long distance “love story.”

They say only fools rush in, but when you’re RUSSIAN the rules don’t apply.

Welcome to “Vlad’s Romance” (some might call it a “Bad Romance”) set in an alternate, queer universe where politicians (left, right, and center) all hang out at the same gay night club.

When a drunken, bleary-eyed “Twunk” Trump stumbles into the bar and catches a performance of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” by Russia’s own “Sexy” Putin, the seductive spell can only be broken by one person … but you’ll have to watch ’til the end to see who it is! Here’s a hint: She’s a real KWEEN.

It’s Pride month, after all, and we really want to “Make America Gay Again”

Viral Video: Brandon Skeie Covers Adele’s “Hello”

Hottie Brandon Skeie (pronounced pronounced SHAY-ah) shares his stunning cover of the Adele mega-hit “Hello” – over 500K views so far.

And speaking of hello, hello Mr. Sheie! You can check out more of his cover songs on YouTube PLUS he shares his story of how he lost – wait for it – 100 lbs!

How’s all that for inspiration? He’s racking up a lot of fans on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Check him out.

(h/t Queerty)