“I’m a Dreamer” – Sandy Denny


My favorite Sandy Denny song, released before her tragic death in 1978. Denny is probably most famous for her duet with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle for Evermore.” But she was also the lead singer for English folk-rock legends The Fairport Convention during their most acclaimed period between 1968 and 1971. Her best-known song, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” has been covered by everyone from Judy Collins to Eva Cassidy.

If a biopic of Denny’s life had ever been made, Emily Watson would’ve been the definitive choice to play Denny.

“Clouds” … aka “Both Sides Now” – Hole


Hole’s pulverising Velvet Underground-style cover of Joni Mitchell’s most famous song. From Hole’s 1991 debut album “Pretty on the Inside,” this will probably piss off a lot of fans of the original. I don’t think it approaches Judy Collins’s very famous cover version from 1968 (one of my Top 10 favorite songs of all time), but I have to give it up to Courtney and company for their original interpretation here.

“Both Sides Now” – Judy Collins

Aside from “Send in the Clowns,” this cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic song is arguably Sweet Judy Blue Eyes’ most famous song.  I first heard this on the radio when I was 7 years old, on some errand with my father. When the song was over, I remember telling my Dad “I really like that song.” My Dad smiled and said “I really like that song too.” No smirk. No smart alecky comment. Just a genuine mutual appreciation of a great song.