I was watching "How I Met Your Father" the other day. I heard the opening theme song, which is, of course, a cover of the "How I Met Your Mother" theme song, "Hey Beautiful", originally performed by The Solids.
I was thinking to myself, "Tony, that sounds a lot like Lennon Stella."
I decided THIS AFTERNOON to check to see if I was right.
Originally performed by Robyn & Erato, Lennon and Maisy Stella posted this video in 2012, when they were 12 and 8, respectively.
31 million views later, they were cast on the ABC drama Nashville - in fact, the notoriety they gained from this video was instrumental in their work visas being granted (they are Canadian and needed those to work in the US). Their careers have soared from there.
I can't describe this any better than the YouTube description does.
This is a senior songwriting and recording class from Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario. Most students in this class are in the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program, representing several arts disciplines, including instrumental music, vocal music, strings, visual arts, dance, drama, and production technology. This year we are excited to be able to sing/play indoors but we still faced the challenge of recording music together live due to indoor distancing requirements, co-horting and contract tracing. Many hours were spent planning, arranging, learning the parts, performing, mixing the recordings and video editing for this project and we are proud of how it turned out. We chose “Up We Go” by the Lights because the chorus lyrics really spoke to the class considering the time we are all living in:
“Everyone here is ready to go
It's been a hard year with nothing to show
From down this road, it's only on we go, on we go"
In 1971, Olivia Newton-John released her debut album, called If Not For You. This was a covers album, with mostly recent songs featured. This Gordon Lightfoot classic had been a huge worldwide hit the year prior, so it was ripe to be covered.
To her credit, ONJ understands the mournful feel of the song, and she covered it well.