When we play a Beggar’s Carnivale, we usually learn about 10-15 songs per show. Some we write, some are existing originals, and many are covers, as requested by performers. By and large, our covers are exactly what you’d expect of us…Tom Waits, Devotchka, , Gogol Bordello, etc.
Sometimes, the requests are…out of our comfort zone.
But we persevere, and do our best to make them ours.
When Jeez Loueeze approached us with Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins, my first reaction was one of dread.
A Disney song? Us?
But then I remembered something. I am a rather large fan of Dick Van Dyke. He’s one of the last great song and dance men in Hollywood.
Plus, how can you say no to Jeez?
So we learned it. Played it. And honestly, it’s become one of my favorite songs to sing, original or otherwise.
So, enjoy, download it while you can.