I was sitting in a coffee shop this morning and their sound system played Cher's dramatic (perhaps bombastic) hit version of Diane Warren's If I Could Turn Back Time and I have to admit that I actually listened to it for the first time - it's v-e-r-y pretty.
FYI, I've been collating - as a low-priority project - an album's worth of reasonably well-known songs that I'm presently calling SLOW, done, well, er...slowly - guitarist Adrian Belew calls it "The Naked Song" but in my case, they'll probably just be slow!
If all goes well, these covers may see the light of day towards the end of the year. [It should be noted that this "project" has gained much energy from me being mightily impressed by the covers work of my cyber friend, Michael Thorner.]
Anyway, If I Could Turn Back Time is now one song that I also intend to mangle - the list now also comprises of:
- Do You Know The Way To San Jose '68
- This Guy's In Love With You (beautifully covered by Thorner)
- Little Green Apples '68
- Rainy Days & Mondays '71
- This Time (by New Zealand band, Dragon)
- Who Listens To The Radio '78 (by Australian band, The Sports)
- Private Eyes '81
- Like A Virgin '84
- Eternal Flame '88
- Santa Monica '95
...with probably another few to come.
So - back to the coffee shop - on returning home, I googled to see if anyone else had done a piano-based cover version.
If I Could Turn Back Time - Suzie Bradford
Washington, USA's Suzie Bradford [of The Side Project] - has posted a version, which was the only piano-based one but in my eyes, it's pretty damn good!
I would / will do it differently but I'm presenting it because she's really made the song come alive for me.
I hope you like her version of If I Could Turn Back Time, too!