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And the winner of the 4th Almost Annual Lakers Cover Bruce Contest is...


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LoverInTheCold: Richfield Whistle!!!!

Congratulations on a well-deserved win! Last year we had a version of one of Bruce's most famous songs take the prize (Dancing in the Dark), and this year the winning song hasn't even been released by Bruce. It goes to show that in this contest, it's all about the talent and the interpretation skills demonstrated by the contestants.

And as usual there was no shortage of either. Richfield Whistle won by only 1 point to the two runner-ups: Empty Sky by Jerm23 and Open All Night by Okely Dokely. Altogether it was a close race with 8 songs ending up within 10 points of the winner.

But let's not get too hung up on points. The contest element is just an excuse to put a spotlight on the musical talent that the Lake is so full of. So thank you to everybody who participated! It has been a real pleasure to listen to every single contribution. In fact, listening to all the songs inspired me to create some artwork for this year's contest album. I can't imagine where else I found the inspiration :).

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For the winner @LoverInTheCold I have used the same design to create a unique t-shirt that will only be printed in one copy.

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Please send me your size and shipping details and it will be sent to you shortly.

Finally, for those who care, here is the distribution of points:

Richfield Whistle: 59
Empty Sky: 58
Open All Night: 58
Johnny Bye Bye: 53
Night Fire: 53
Soul Driver: 52
Fire: 50
Nothing Man: 50
Cover Me: 49
Kitty's Back: 47
Dancing in the Dark: 40

Once again, thank you to the participants, those of you who voted, and everybody who added their thoughts and comments.

Download all the songs with embedded artwork and album tagging.

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Thanks, everyone! I'm honestly humbled to be in such great company. I very much loved each and every one of your selections and the time and care you took with them. Already looking forward to next year or even a year round thread devoted to covers. :)

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Hey ho let's go !!! 

Congrats everyone !!! I am very proud to be near all of you. Great feeling to be part of this fan's contest with "strangers" who are not in fact... And thanks CosmicKid for the artwork, realy close to Bruce's new realese :D... 

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Thanks to everyone who voted for my version of Empty Sky. So close to getting that awesome t-shirt!

This song means a lot to me as I was present at the World Trade Center the morning of 9/11. Anything I ever sing from The Rising album is coming 100% straight from the heart. 

 

 

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All my congratulations to @LoverInTheCold. You get that tune out of the vault and manage to give us a sober and very well executed rendition. Maybe I heard this song one day when listening to outtakes... but I really discover it through your cover.

Also all my congratulations to all other artists. I know how difficult and time-consuming it can be to re-invent and cover a song from an artist. And then to make it available for listening by huge fans of this artist ! From experienced to less-experienced musicians, playing with other musicians or with coping with their laptop and dedicated  software, it's a pleasure to listen to you.

And many thanks to CosmicKid for making that "contest" possible !

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Seeing as it's now the off-season, if any of the other participants post covers to Facebook or SoundCloud, feel free to look me up. I'd love to hear your continuing work.

I post a lot of Bruce covers on my FB and most of my own stuff on SoundClound personally.

facebook.com/jake.mathison

SoundCloud.com/jkmathison

Even if we never have a continuous covers thread here, it'd be cool to keep the camaraderie going!

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35 minutes ago, LoverInTheCold said:

Seeing as it's now the off-season, if any of the other participants post covers to Facebook or SoundCloud, feel free to look me up. I'd love to hear your continuing work.

I post a lot of Bruce covers on my FB and most of my own stuff on SoundClound personally.

facebook.com/jake.mathison

SoundCloud.com/jkmathison

Even if we never have a continuous covers thread here, it'd be cool to keep the camaraderie going!

Anyone can do it and ask for it to be sticked. I might get it started by cheating slightly and posting a version of You Can’t Sit Down that one of my bands recorded a good few years ago.

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41 minutes ago, Tom-Joad said:

Anyone can do it and ask for it to be sticked. I might get it started by cheating slightly and posting a version of You Can’t Sit Down that one of my bands recorded a good few years ago.

I would have started a thread but I didn't know how everyone felt or if it would damper next year's contest. Looking forward to your new cover!

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3 hours ago, LoverInTheCold said:

Seeing as it's now the off-season, if any of the other participants post covers to Facebook or SoundCloud, feel free to look me up. I'd love to hear your continuing work.

I post a lot of Bruce covers on my FB and most of my own stuff on SoundClound personally.

facebook.com/jake.mathison

SoundCloud.com/jkmathison

Even if we never have a continuous covers thread here, it'd be cool to keep the camaraderie going!

Great idea. There go my covers: https://soundcloud.com/joeljzg

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