Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Bon Iver: Justin Vernon the Conqueror!

I don't even know how to start this, or how to describe how I feel about today's video. Bonnie Raitt- I can't make you love me is one of my favourite songs. The first time I heard it I almost teared up. It's one of those songs, the lyrics, the way she sings it, it all comes together to produce something that grips onto your heart and refuses to let go.

Many have tried to do covers of this song and i've hated ALL of them. None of them captured that emotion present in the original- to me at least. And then a few weeks ago through a youtube suggestion I saw that Adele did a cover, watched it, and even then I was like *shrugs shoulder*. But then last night I saw the video posted today. My dear dear Justin Vernon of the beloved Bon Iver came and indeed conquered. 

It was all so unexpected. Poor unassuming me clicked play, I saw him there at the piano... I was sceptical. I mean I love him but this is I Can't Make You Love Me that we're talking about here. Then he started singing and I was shocked, for some reason I wasn't expecting the falsetto even though it's one of his trademarks. And then I was annoyed at his timing and then I fell. Hard. 

My face became distorted- when I hear something I love, like really love, I get this look on my face- It's like a mix between confusion and pain, like i've just smelt something bad- and I just soaked it all in. His tone, his sincerity, his interpretation. It was just as believable as Raitt's and just as moving. 

It's one of those songs that just make you stop. So I thought i'd be the good Samaritan that I am and share this gem with you. 

Oh and for the record I went back and re-listened to Adele's cover. I take the *shrug shoulder* back. I like it, it's just one of those songs that I don't fall for instantly but more upon second hearing... My love would've probably come faster if she slowed down a bit. I felt like it was a bit rushed. But yeah, Justin Vernon just cemented his place in my heart today. 


  1. Omg thanks for the reccomendation I absolutely love ths version and I wouldnt have discovered it without this blog........ I swear I have listened to this 10 times today slready please keep up the good work xxx
    p.s I also love the original and adele's version

  2. No problem, I'm glad you like it. I'm in love with this version as well! And yeah I admit I was originally a bit harsh on Adele but I get kinda protective over the original ;)