We all have our own personal version of every song. Whether it’s because you don’t really know the lyrics or the fact that you love to belt out alternate harmonies in your car, there is something inside of each of us that makes each song we hear unique to us. Maybe you play drums on your steering wheel, identify with certain idiosyncrasies or turns of a phrase, or maybe you just close your eyes and let the music overwhelm your senses. Whether or not you admit it, we all somehow make music our own.

Luckily for the entire world Mike Grubbs isn’t afraid to take a song, make it his own slice of heaven, and release it to the masses for free. For the past few months Grubbs, aka Wakey!Wakey!, has been putting out an incredible array of cover songs under the album name Wakey!Wakey! Wednesdays. Ranging from The Decemberists to Alicia Keys, from Cyndi Lauper to the Beach Boys, no stone has been left unturned in this exploration of just what a cover song can really be. And what he has come home with is ten songs that the test of time will prove stand proudly next to their original recordings, and in some cases eclipse them altogether. Now that the compilation is complete, with his brilliant rendition of Everlong by the Foo Fighters, I can safely say that this is the best cover album I have ever heard.

All the tracks in one zip file : here {zshare = left click}

mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Apology Song (The Decemberists Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Two Headed Boy Part 1 (Neutral Milk Hotel Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Say It Ain’t So (Weezer Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – California Girls (Beach Boys Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – New Partner (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Live Cyndi Lauper Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – No One (Alicia Keys Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Letters Home (Joie DBG Cover)
mp3 : Wakey!Wakey! – Everlong (Foo Fighters Cover)

The tracks here are posted in the order that they appeared over at Wakey!Wakey!’s myspace page. My hat is off to you Mike Grubbs, you have made a wonderful work of art for all of us to hear.

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    1. Wow, I felt like I was reading something I wrote myself. I, too, moved from center city Philadelphia to the country and got my first chickens last spring. Everything you say is 100% true. The one point I would add is that chicken keeping is highly addictive. Once you raise a few, you quickly want more. I started with 25. I let a broody hen hatch 5 more over the winter and just bought another 12. Now, I just have to resolve my mean rooster issue. Thanks for a great piece

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