Greg Laswell

Is it possible that all great voices in the ever burgeoning class of singer songwriters are required to cover Cyndi Lauper’s classic song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun? Awhile back Ben Gibbard weighed in with his opinion on how the song should sound. Then along came Mike Grubbs {aka Wakey!Wakey!} with his brilliant take. And because I’ve posted both of those tracks in the past I was nudged ever so gently toward another singer with a crystal clear voice who has taken his own tack toward this classic bopper tune.

I must add that I feel Greg Laswell has taken the most subdued and melancholic approach of the three I’ve mentioned and in some weird way this tragic spin on what was once an awkward and hyper anthem for the empowerment of the girls feels just right. The other track here hails from Mr. Laswell’s most recent EP, How The Day Sounds (amazon) (itunes), and it’s the lead off track on what is quite possibly the perfect album for a Friday afternoon. It’s uptempo enough to keep you awake and yet subdued enough to keep you mellow enough to have energy left into the wee hours of the morning.

mp3 : Greg Laswell – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper Cover)
mp3 : Greg Lasewll – How the Day Sounds

Enjoy your weekend world. And while you’re listening to these songs by Greg Laswell find me a job.

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5 thoughts on “Greg Laswell”

  1. I’m glad to see Greg Laswell getting some attention! This LP is fantastic, and it bodes well for the full album, Three Flights from Alto Nido, coming out on July 8.

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  2. I thought it couldn’t get better than Through Toledo and How the Day Sounds…until I got my hands on an advanced copy of Three Flight from Alto Nido. It doesn’t disappoint at all. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a CD and then just played it all night long over and over that same night. Oh wait, I can remember…it was Through Toledo.

    Once again, Greg has managed the oerfect fusion of melancholy, upbeat, and poignancy.

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