Many years ago, just before Cats and I were married, we attended a bluegrass festival and one of the bands played a Beatles song bluegrass style. It worked really well, a lot better than I imagined. Here a couple of genre switching videos to get you thinking.
The most successful group you’ve never hear of doing genre switching IMHO is Postmodern Jukebox. They’ll take a Miley Cyrus song and turn it in to a jazz , a hip hop number into klezmer, etc… Really talented. Give this a try and you tube them for other creations later.
At the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Lady Gaga gave a powerful performance of her song “Hair” in honor of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old boy who recently took his life after suffering years of bullying.
From Huffington Post:
Before she sang “Hair,” Lady Gaga told the crowd, “I wrote this record about how your identity is really all you’ve got when you’re in school … so tonight, Jamey, I know you’re up there looking at us, and you’re not a victim. You’re a lesson to all of us.”
As seen in the YouTube video below, mid-song she stops and says bullying is for losers.
Lady Gaga has made a vow to make bullying illegal.