Original Song: Kenny Loggins "Footloose" (1984)


Doveman is the project of classically trained pianist-keyboardist-singer Thomas Bartlett, who has worked (in studios, stage, or TV screen) with everybody from Antony & the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, and the National to David Byrne, Norah Jones, and Laurie Anderson. The folks at World Café and All Things Considered like him a lot.

They especially liked when he covered the entire Footloose soundtrack, as a tribute to a lost loved one no less, in 2008. And why wouldn't they? Just listen to “Footloose” itself—he not only whispers it; he whispers it really really slow! No hip young person ever thought to do that to a pop hit before! How poignant! How un-Blake Shelton, even!