Published Jul 05, 2010Two weeks ago, we brought you Peter Gabriel's cover of Tom Waits for the Voice Project, an organization aiming to raise awareness for the war-torn region of central Africa that includes northern Uganda, southern Sudan and eastern Congo. The Voice Project has now unveiled the latest chapter in its cover songs series: folk punk legend Billy Bragg covering Joanna Newsom.
According to the organization's website, Bragg first heard of the Voice Project after R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills covered the protest singer's "Sing Their Souls Back Home" earlier this year. Mills then ran into Bragg at SXSW, and the politically active songwriter said he wanted to get involved.
You can watch Bragg's acoustic performance in the clip embedded below, which was filmed in a hotel room in London. He chose to cover "On a Good Day," from Newsom's recent triple-album Have One on Me. In the video, Bragg says, "This song has been running 'round my head for the last couple weeks, ever since I bought Joanna Newsom's latest album. It's a beautiful little song and I think she's a great songwriter... I find it very intriguing."
The song is a poignant ballad about the end of a relationship. Within this context, it could almost be about war.
Head over to the Voice Project's website to read about the organization and see all of the chapters from the series, which includes performances by Andrew Bird and Bedouin Soundclash.