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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: May 20, 2014

Like a version…ALP heads under the covers for some favorites

Something, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what, got me thinking about cover songs the other day. I started thinking about how, in some cases, I even like the cover better than the original.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite covers and invite you to think about some of your own while you lend an ear to these.

“American Tune” by Paul Simon. Covered by Indigo Girls

American Tune lyrics

“Stolen Car” by Bruce Springsteen. Covered by Patty Griffin

“You Got the Silver” by The Rolling Stones. Covered by Susan Tedeschi

“A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell. Covered by Tori Amos

A Case of You lyrics

“Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd. Covered by Dar Williams & Ani DiFranco

“Time” by Pink Floyd. Covered (and amazingly re-imagined) by Mary Fahl

“Femme Fatale” by The Velvet Underground & Nico. Covered by R.E.M.

“Mad World” by Tears for Fears. Covered by Gary Jules

“Across the Universe” by The Beatles. Covered by Fiona Apple

“Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Covered by The English Beat

“Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen. Covered by Concrete Blonde

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