Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I love Derek Webb. Loved his first album all the way to his latest album Stockholm Syndrome. He sometimes feels like a spokesperson for the way I am thinking, he articulates my feelings very well. When I heard that he would be doing an follow up album called Democracy Vol. 1 I was thrilled, even more thrilled to hear that they would be cover songs of the fans choice.
One song that I was really excited about hearing him cover was Fix You by Coldplay. Friday, he released the demo version of the song. I hate to say it, but it leaves a LOT to be desired.
It didn’t help that he tweeted this either:

It was a bummer to read that and a bummer to hear his version. It is very difficult to tackle such a big song, and in all reality you just cannot convey that emotion with an acoustic guitar and a track. As I was listening to Derek’s version I was reminded of the beauty of this song and just the power of this song. I looked it up on youtube and found this awesome video:

That emotion cannot be tackled. I remember seeing them live and just sitting there with 40,000 people at the MGM grand in Las Vegas singing as loud as we could, it was amazing.

Here is my question…what are some timeless songs of our generation that can never be reproduced?

Here are some off the top of my head
Fix You by Coldplay
Waiting on the world to change by John Mayer
O Praise Him the David Crowder Band
Switchfoot Meant to Live



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Kyle Reed is a connector looking to connect with others. A 20 Something that is blogging his way through life and looking to connect through community. Also a team member of the 8BIT Network and brand evangelist. Find me on twitter: @kylelreed, lets chat.
  • http://twitter.com/Zacinator Zac Cross

    Well I would say anything by Radiohead, but I actually like a lot of Radiohead covers. Especially ones that interpret them in their own ways. Such as making it more Jazzy or having a girl sing. Look on youtube, you will find tons. None of them measure up to the real thing, but they are still pretty decent.

    Perhaps the reason they sound decent is because the bands covering them have actually listened to the original song. It seems lame that he hadn't even heard the song before covering it (haven't heard the cover). Seems like a recipe for disappointment.

  • http://godlysheep.com Brett Barner

    Good call on Fix You by Coldplay. Would disagree on Waiting on the world to change by John Mayer (sorry, was never a big fan of that song. His worst single IMO), but you redeem yourself with O Praise Him the David Crowder Band. And Switchfoot's Meant to Live is still a cool song.

    Ok, not really mine (or your) generation, but I'm sure you've heard it: Let My Love Open the Door by Pete Townshend. I don't know why, but I love that song, and I think it would fall under the “timeless” category.

    Obviously coved multiple times (Including even Audio Adrenaline), but my favorite is Sondre Lerche's version for the movie, Dan In Real Life; which you can hear here –>> http://bit.ly/cfP1nq

  • http://twitter.com/joannamuses joanna

    Probably not one you've heard as I think it was only popular in Australia, but the song Blow Up The Pokies by the Whitlams (

    ) captures a depth of emotion I don't think could be reproduced. The song is a lament at not knowing how to help a friend with a gambling addiction. (pokies is Australian for poker machine or slot machine)

  • http://www.contentunderpressure.net/ Josh

    I will say, with confidence, that Fix You will go down as my favorite song of all time when it's all said and done.