One of the (few) positives of the year that’s been, is that, like the rest of us, musicians have had to work from home, meaning that we have been privy to a whole lot of unique and intimate fly-on-the-wall experiences that may never have been captured, or even happened otherwise.
The latest of these special performances is Brandi Carlile's stirring, piano-led rendition of Tears For Fears’ 1982 ode to chaos, “Mad World.” Joined by cellist Josh Neumann, seated at a candlelit piano, Carlile’s angsty take on the track brings a whole new context to the track, three decades on from its original inception.
Tears for Fears’ singer, Curt Smith, was so taken by Carlile’s moving delivery, he gave her version his own personal seal of approval. Watch below.
I approve of this tweet!… Curt Smith (@curtsmith) September 15, 2020
During the downtime, Carlile has performed a number of virtual concerts from her home in Washington home. But this particular song choice came with a special message for US fans in regard to the upcoming Presidential election.
“It’s a mad world, but we’re in this together,” she said following the performance. “Vote.”
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