a vote for democracy: derek webb preps democracy volume 2

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

derek webb democracy volume 2

a vote for democracy: derek webb preps democracy volume 2

throughout 2010, i blogged about derek webb’s latest innovative project called democracy vol. 1. fans were able to cast votes for up to 12 songs that they wanted webb to cover. then, the 12 songs receiving the most votes would be covered by webb for the album. the album was recorded over the span of 2010, with 1 track being recorded and released each month. from january to december, webb released 1 track each month. for those who would like to catch up, here’s the total track listing (with links to my blog posts):

1. the beatles: while my guitar gently weeps
2. coldplay: fix you
3. bob dylan: the times they are a-changin’
4. gnarls barkley: who’s gonna save my soul
5. sufjan stevens: chicago
6. u2: where the streets have no name
7. huey lewis and the news: power of love
8. the beatles: eleanor rigby
9. simon and garfunkel: the sound of silence
10. radiohead: karma police
11. leonard cohen: hallelujah
12. traditional hymn: come thou fount of every blessing

so what now?

well, naturally, he’s doing democracy vol. 2. today, he sent out the final voting for the year’s possible tracks. a couple weeks ago, there was an initial round where each person nominated 3 songs (my 3 votes were cee lo’s f**k you, arcade fire’s we used to wait—which made the final list—and elbow’s on a day like this). that list was then narrowed to the 60 following songs. from this list, each person could choose 10 of them (since the process this year is truncated).

i thought the list was relatively intriguing and since it’s limited to those who “bought into” the project, i thought i’d share it here. there is definitely some overlap from last year with the nominated songs. in fact, some of the songs i voted for last year were included this year again, but i didn’t vote for them (specifically, queen’s bohemian rhapsody, the swell season’s falling slowly, johnny cash’s hurt & bon jovi’s livin’ on a prayer). (i did vote for dc talk’s jesus freak again this year…i just wanna hear how he would handle a song like that…) after hearing a full year’s volume, my mentality changed about the kind of songs i’d like to hear.

so, here’s the list. the songs i voted for are in bold. (as a fun sidenote, i did the math and 16% of the nominated songs are arcade fire songs…wow…)

1. All Along The Watchtower – Bob Dylan
2. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
3. Awake My Soul – Mumford & Sons
4. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
5. Be Thou My Vision – Hymn
6. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
7. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
8. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
9. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
10. City With No Children – Arcade Fire
11. Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls
12. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
13. Creed – Rich Mullins
14. Creep – Radiohead
15. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan
16. F**k You – Cee-lo Green
17. Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
18. Falling Slowly – Once Soundtrack
19. Fire & Rain – James Taylor
20. Firework – Katy Perry
21. Flood – Jars of Clay
22. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
23. Graceland – Paul Simon
24. Hard To Get – Rich Mullins
25. Hide & Seek – Imogen Heap
26. How He Loves Me – John Mark McMillan
27. Hurt – Johnny Cash/Nine Inch Nails
28. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
29. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
30. Jesus Freak – DC Talk
31. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
32. Jesus, Etc. – Wilco
33. Let It Be – The Beatles
34. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
35. Livin On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
36. Message In A Bottle – Police
37. My Body Is A Cage – Arcade Fire
38. Oh My God – Jars of Clay
39. One – U2
40. Poison & Wine – The Civil Wars (duet with Sandra)
41. Ready To Start – Arcade Fire
42. Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
43. Revolution – The Beatles
44. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
45. Sprawl II – Arcade Fire
46. Such Great Heights – Postal Service/Iron & Wine
47. The Cave – Mumford & Sons
48. The Lust, The Flesh, and the Pride of Life – The 77’s
49. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
50. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
51. Theologians – Wilco
52. Thriller – Michael Jackson
53. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
54. To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
55. Trouble – Ray Lamontagne
56. Wake Up – Arcade Fire
57. We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire
58. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, & Understanding – Elvis Costello
59. With God On Our Side – Bob Dylan
60. Wonderwall – Oasis

which of these would you have chosen?
which of these am i crazy for choosing?
are there songs not included that you’d love to hear derek webb cover?


  1. city with no children – arcade fire
    wake up – arcade fire
    we used to wait – arcade fire
    (what’s so funny ‘bout) peace, love, & understanding – elvis costello
    with god on your side – bob dylan
    jesus, etc. – wilco
    hard to get – rich mullins
    revolution – the beatles
    f**k you – cee-lo green
    bad romance – lady gaga

    i think those were my ten nominations (i was in class voting so i don’t remember well what i picked)
    love me or hate me for it
    sad to see my favorite arcade fire song not on there ‘intervention’

    i would have loved to see him take songs by the flaming lips or elbow or kevin max or st. vincent or radiohead or midlake or the replacements or even rework some old caedmon’s call tunes or

    btw thought you nominated kanye west’s ‘power ft. dwele’

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Thanks for posting this as I’m not going to pay just to vote.

    It’s an interesting list. Some of these are far to overdone to take seriously. Others are iconic to the point that I don’t want another version of them.

    It’s funny that with all of the Arcade Fire choices, then song that I think would be the funnest to cover(Modern Man) is not here.

    The only ones that really intrige me are
    Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
    Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
    Firework – Katy Perry
    Hide & Seek – Imogen Heap
    Message In A Bottle – Police
    The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

  3. Tim says:

    I’m excited to see someone else chose “god only knows” maybe i watch too much “Big Love” but I think it would be a good option.

  4. Bill B says:

    I preface these remarks by saying they are solely my opinion. We all know what opinions have been equated too?? And since I have been called a big one a time or two or even three; don’t take offense.

    I liked Democracy Vol 1, but in all honesty, ‘cover’ songs rarely surpass the original. For every stellar song like Where The Streets Have No Name is an equally horrid rendition such as the song Power of Love.

    While looking over this list of song choices for Democracy Vol 2, why accept an Arcade Fire ‘cover’ when you can have the original?? And God help us if anyone dare remake dc talk’s Jesus Freak. TRAVESTY!! Is nothing sacred??

    To Derek: PLEASE stick to making original recordings. You do them so well. SERIOUSLY, I love YOUR music. I have all your albums.

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