"Lust for Life" Covers Which Themselves Will Cover Your Doubt About This Album's Quality

"Lust for Life" Covers Which Themselves Will Cover Your Doubt About This Album's Quality

Please Lana turn it around.
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Some of Lana's recent releases ("Lust for Life," "Stairway to Heaven") have been....not great? Whether because of rushed lyrics, increased intervention of pop producers, or a substandard mixing that has yet to rival the rich orchestrations of "Love" (released just a month ago! What happened?), Lana has been putting out some suprisingly "meh" stuff lately. Granted, her music has a way of growing on people, but if you want to appreciate her new releases without actually listening to them, here are some great musical fanfic pieces celebrating the "Lust for Life" that could have been, and might still be.

1. "Lust for Life" Harp Cover by Winterly Heights

Music software has improved so much that fans can produce lush, Paradise-style orchestrations even when Lana doesn't want to. This ethereal instrumental brings to mind the airy version of "Young and Beautiful" that played in The Great Gatsby - and the best part is a sly insertion of the chorus from "Without You" as a counterpoint/throwback to Born to Die.

2. "Coachella - Woodstock in my Mind" Orchestral Cover by Antonin Charvat

Lana has said that she originally intended the album, which is angling to be her most political, to have an early Joan Baez feel, but abandoned this idea. It's my personal opinion that "Coachella - Woodstock" had the potential to be Lana's greatest song in years, but the cheap-sounding, completely automated production, uber-specific and cluncky lyrics (rhyming "Coachella" with hella"), and pretentious title kept it from achieving whatever timelessness that Lana was going for. What hurts is that she was so close. If it had been more acoustic, and if it had some of the poetic vagueness of a Dylan song instead of "I was at Coachella," it really could have been a song for a generations, whatever that means. Anyway, this grand orchestral cover - by Charvat, who never disappoints - is great. Especially the plaintive, spaghetti-Western-sounding trumpet (!)

3. "Love" by Sara King

One of the biggest, most popular covers, but stellar production quality and great vocals/instrumentals are so hard to find on YouTube covers.

4. "Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind" by Simi x


A little coffeehouse, but retains the extremely anthemic melody of the original with a more acoustic, actual-Woodstock feel.

5. "Love" by Vivace


The video is extra but the harmonies are good. I give you two woman going ham with harmonies on the second "coffee shop" to keep from laughing but I think that's what that song needed to remind us - after listening to it 50 times - just how ridiculous "coffee shop" sounded on the first listen.

6. "Love" by Chester Lockhart

Lockhart approached the "coffee shop" line with suitable humor and irony in this edgy soft industrial-techno cover that sounds right out of a Berlin club in the 80s.

7. "Lust for Life" acoustic guitar cover by Egor Koshelev


Did you ever wonder - hm, what sounds is Lana going to experiment with this time? Oh, nothing? Just try to replicate Born to Die? Well, imagine she went the Eagles route with this one. Has she ever covered "Hotel California?" Why doesn't she do that.

Cover Image Credit: Just Jared

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

Cover Image Credit: OrderOfBooks

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