Remember your favorite late ’80s rock ballad by Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”? Remember slow dancing to it and wondering how Axl Rose’s snarling voice could capture such tenderness? If yes, you’re in for a treat! (If no, better bone up on your rock history, kid.)
Postmodern Jukebox presents a cover of the song in New Orleans jazz style featuring Miche Braden. Backed by Dixie-style trumpet and clarinet instead of Slash’s blazing guitar licks (I just said “blazing guitar licks”), Miche Braden nails it.
Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee explains what he’s trying to do with his website which produces jazz-style covers of popular songs:
“My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities — just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours — and it is through this exploration that the gap between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art can be bridged most readily.”
Great idea! And he’s churning out some delightful, creative, unexpected musical collaborations.
Jazz pianist Scott Bradlee wasn’t always so openminded when it came to music. He admits, “I wasn’t interested in listening to anything that might appeal to those that I deemed to possess a less than refined palette of musical taste.”
Weird. That’s just how I feel about jazz.
But Bradlee came around to an appreciation of other genres as he started working on YouTube videos for Postmodern Jukebox. He says, “I decided to drop my preconceived notions and examine contemporary pop with an open mind.”
Get ready to drop your preconceived notions about “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and enjoy Miche Braden’s rendition of it in New Orleans jazz style. It’s fantastic.
Watch a great 1950s Doo Wop cover of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” here.