Covers by Matt J. Fuller
Selfless Cold and Composed
My cover of the 1997 Ben Folds Five song “Selfless Cold and Composed” uses a MIDI arrangement I found on a Ben Folds fan website, www.thesuburbs.org.uk. The original recording was released on the album Whatever and Ever Amen. Ben Folds released his own solo version a few years later featuring just voice and piano. My cover uses piano, bass, drums, and a string arrangement during the bridge and playout.
Walking in Memphis
I often describe “Walking in Memphis” as my go-to karaoke song. The original was written and recorded by Marc Cohn in 1990 and released as a single in 1991. My cover uses a full-band MIDI arrangement I found online.
Come On Get Higher
“Come On Get Higher” was co-written by Matt Nathanson and Mark Weinberg. It was released on Matt Nathanson’s album Some Mad Hope in 2008. My cover of “Come On Get Higher” uses a full-band MIDI arrangement I found online.
The Way I Tend to Be
The original version of “The Way I Tend to Be” was written and recorded by Frank Turner on his Tape Deck Heart album in 2013. My version uses piano instead of the original guitar as the primary accompaniment.
Although “Sky High” was first released on the Ben Folds Five album The Sound of the Life of the Mind in 2012, the song was originally written by Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee. Jessee’s band, Hotel Lights, included a version of “Sky High” on their 2016 album Get Your Hand in My Hand. My cover uses a full-band MIDI arrangement I found online.
Like many people, I am a fan of the 1984 song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. My favorite version of the song was made by Rufus Wainwright for the Shrek soundtrack in 2001, however, many, many more versions of “Hallelujah” have been recorded over the years. My favorite podcast, Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History, has an episode devoted to the song “Hallelujah” where we learn that Leonard Cohen wrote up to 70 verses of “Hallelujah” over a five-year period. My version uses the typical five verses with a piano-only accompaniment.