Sunday, November 13, 2011

Can't Help Falling In Love | Over and Over Again

Waikiki Beach
"Can't Help Falling In Love"  was on the "Blue Hawaii" movie soundtrack

During the past few weeks, the local tv airwaves have been flooded by ads for the new movie "Like Crazy", a love story. It was accompanied by a new cover of the classic "Can't Help Falling In Love" song. The movie has garnered some positive views but we have decided that it would be a new entry in our DVD rental queue instead.

What amazes me is that "Can't Help Falling In Love"  is the movie's theme song. This song that has been covered  for 50 years starting with Elvis Presley's golden standard in the film "Blue Hawaii" in 1961. The song is like the Energizer Bunny rabbit, never running out of momentum and favor starting with Elvis' generation to our current generation X and Y members.

If one wants to be a successful song writer, I suppose a song like this would be the paramount product. It would propel one's career trajectory into annual royalties until the song passes into the public domain.

Ingrid Michaelson's projection of  "Can't Help Falling In Love" for this new movie hasn't really grown on me yet. Only time would tell.

My favorite version is still Elvis's. Over the years, I have enjoyed multiple renditions ranging from UB40's reggae signature remake to contributions by Andrea Boccelli, Chris Isaak and even the Swedish A-Teens group who performed a cover for the Disney movie "Lilo and Stitch". One version that really threw me for a loop initially was the speed up celtic version performed by the Lick The Tins group. I  really like its fast beat and tempo.

If you have enjoyed listening to "Can't Help Falling In Love", which is your favorite version ?
Which recent song do you think would still have momentum 40 - 50 years from now ?


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