Friday, November 17, 2006

My bed's so cold at night

All right, so no, this isn't the song I said it was going to be--I really do think that will be tomorrow! This song just seems a better fit for today.

We are now, what, four months into this blog, and I have not posted a Darren Hayes song. Does anyone else find that hard to believe? I have no good explanation for that--all I'll say is that some artists are just so...magic...that you're hesitant to even try to write about them, because there's just no way you can do them justice. It's sort of a shame that the first Darren song I'll post here is a cover, but it's such an exquisite cover that I really don't have any regrets about it (plus, hopefully it will help me work up to being able to write about his own songs). Anyhow, Darren first became famous as a member of internationally successful duo Savage Garden, perhaps best known for the ballads "Truly Madly Deeply" (the "I wanna stand with you on a mountain" song) and "I Knew I Loved You." After releasing two albums, Savage Garden split up and Darren has gone on to have a solo career. He's so far released two albums and is working on his third, which is going to be a double album.

Lost Without You (Live at the ARIAs)--Darren covers Delta Goodrem's "Lost Without You" at the 2003 ARIA Awards (the big music awards ceremony in Australia). He's accompanied only by piano, but that's all he needs. Gorgeous. Really. Whether you do or don't like Delta, give this song a listen. It is a ballad, and, though it was sung in support of Delta, who had cancer, when you just listen to it, there's something tragically sad about it. I'm not the only one who loves this performance--it recently was part of the top spot on a countdown of the ARIAs top twenty moments (you can watch the top spot of the countdown here).

Finally, for the sake of completeness, here's Delta's closer to mid-tempo original version.

Lost Without You

To buy Delta Goodrem's album Innocent Eyes, go here (physical) or, for just the song "Lost Without You," go here (digital).

Next up: I really think it will be that song in Spanish; it, too, is a live performance.


J'ason D'luv said...

I just posted about Darren's live DVD coming out next month, plus a link to a new interview with him about coming out!

Paul said...

i have had Darren's version of this song for a while and find it just deliriously heartbreaking and gorgeous. I think Born To Fly and Lost Without You by delta were two amazing ballads... i look forward to new music from him and her. Have you heard the piano only versions of these two songs by her? Lovely...

yes this time next saturday will be in gran canaria sunning my pasty white body... don't worry blog will still be going ;)

I suggest an electric blanket or hot water bottle if your bed is col ;)

Poster Girl said...

Woah--there must be an aura of Darren in the air! :) Thanks for linking to the interview--he auditioned for Rent? 'N Sync wanted to use one of his songs? And that's just the little random trivia in it!

"Deliriously heartbreaking and gorgeous" is a perfect description for it! I haven't heard the piano only versions.

Given that the smoke detectors around here go off whether you're popping popcorn or opening the refrigerator, they'd probably sound an alarm even if we just carried an electric blanket in the door ;)