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Five Recorder Covers You Never Knew You Wanted To Hear (And Probably Still Don’t)

Posted on June 7, 2013 by

By Shannon Carson

I think I got lost in the dark part of YouTube again.  I’m drowning in a sea of suggested videos entirely made up of people playing pop songs on their recorders.  I don’t know how I got here, and I definitely don’t know how to get out!

First of all, why anyone uploads a cover of popular song played on THEIR RECORDER I’m not sure, but I’ve found some great ones, and if I have to hear them, so do you.  I think there was one video that started it all, and let me tell you, it is both an auditory and visual masterpiece, but don’t take my word for it!

1. My Heart Will Go On

Yes, that’s right, a cover of the always popular “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.

This video has it all!  At first you think he’s been stood up, then he takes us on a stroll down a beach, we go for a ride in his car, we stand a top building while he shoots us sultry looks.  What more could you ask for?!  I don’t think there is a single thing that could be added to this video. Here’s my problem though: I actually have no idea what a recorder is supposed to sound like when it’s supposed to be good.  I’ve just never heard a “well-played” recorder, I guess.  Or, if I have, I didn’t know that’s what it was supposed to sound like.  Does anyone know if there actually is a way to make the sound of a recorder appealing?  If so, I’d say I want to hear it.. but I really, really don’t.

2. Bad Romance

Next up, we have a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”  I think the worst part about this one is knowing that the girl in the video had to record this at least three separate times to put it together.  I’ve barely listened to this one full time through, and it was too much.  See for yourself.

3. Someone Like You

Now we have Adele’s “Someone Like You.”  I never imagined this one would be covered by a recorder, but boy am I glad it was.  This one is probably the best sounding out of the list but the music bed underneath the recorder may be a little deceiving. In any case, this recorder cover should probably have a lot more views. I mean c’mon! I can feel my heart breaking to the sound of the recorder!!

4. Harry Potter!

I’m not sure what my favourite part of this video is: the fact that it’s Harry Potter, that the boy in the video is young enough to have no idea what YouTube even is, or the bedazzled recorder he’s playing on. I mean, at least what he lacks in talent, he makes up for in feathers!

5. Gangnam Style

Last but definitely not least is Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”  Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. Someone actually covered this with their recorder.  It’s a shame that this got lost amongst all the videos of colleges and universities making their own version of the original music video.  Plus, not only is it a video of the song being played on recorder, it’s also a tutorial for all the other budding, Psy-loving, recorder-owning musicians of the world!

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