With the completion of our ‘”Uncovered’ Uncovered” discussion–concerning the piano/vocal “undressing” of October Project songs—it is time to open up the musical wardrobe and play dress-up. Over the next few weeks, we will feature interviews with artists from the “October Project: Covered” album, on which some of OP’s favorite artists and dearest friends custom tailored their own take on an October Project song.
This week, we feature Amelia’s Dream’s “Be My Hero.”
Covered Spotlight: Amelia’s Dream
Why did you choose the song that you covered? What does it mean to you?
I have always been interested in the hero archetype and how it is so uplifting. To me the song “Be My Hero” points to the larger truth that the hero lies within. Ultimately we need to find strength within ourselves.
How did you arrange the song to make it your own, fresh song?
Harold wanted the arrangement to retain the organic nature of the lovely OP version while introducing some electronic elements as a setting for my vocals. I still enjoy listening to it.
What are you doing now?
Answering questions for your blog (lol :). Harold & I have a new project called Parents With Angst which picks up where Amelia’s Dream left off from the context of being parents.
Who or what are your current inspirations?
I am inspired by the talent on shows like American Idol, X-Factor and The Voice but my two iPod favorites are still Coldplay and The Swell Season.
Who would play you in the ideal movie version of your life, and what would the title of that movie be?
I am often the person who speaks up to correct bureaucratic problems and I take on issues I think are socially unjust. In that spirit a strong role model of mine is Erin Brockovich so I would have Julia Roberts playing me in a movie titled Amelia – To Infinity And Beyond!
J.W. Harvey on Twitter: twitter.com/xjwharvey
Contact J.W. Harvey: James@OctoberProjectMusic.com