Open Arms and Pop Tarts

It’s generally a pet peeve of mine anytime a classic rock song is covered by some R&B or pop tart. They never get the inflections right, and they usually throw in that horrible R&B vocal fill, you know the one I mean, “OH-oh-oh, OH-oh-oh, OH-oh-oh”. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm pretty much nails it on any song she touches. Miley Cyrus, however, is a complete failure (no surprise there).

The one on my nerves currently is any cover of Journey’s Open Arms. Firstly, that’s one of the greatest rock ballads ever recorded so it better be a faithful (Faithfully?) adaptation in the first place. All over YouTube are numerous clips from shows like The Voice where some wanna-be pop tart does some mechanical or soulless version of that amazing song. I’d say Steve Perry would be turning over in his grave except for the fact that he’s still alive.

Journey deserves to be remembered better than that and we, the public, deserve better. Unless you’re one of the losers that watches those voice competition shows, then you deserve the trash you’re hearing, LOL.

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