How many people born in the 1800s are still alive? That’s one of those really great questions. Visceral first reaction was to think the number was small. Then I saw the ages and thought through the math, and of my late grandparents, the oldest of whom were born in 1906, and was impressed there were any.
Devin Gallant, a local 11 year old, took me back a couple years with her excellent rendition of Cups:
Recently I’d caught the song on the radio a few times, in parts, the way you do when switching around. It was OK, but I wasn’t that impressed. What I assumed was that I was finally hearing the original, as opposed to the famous cover by Anna Burden that introduced me to the song a couple years ago:
Turns out that Anna inspired an industry of sorts, of Cups covers and video tutorials. She also inspired someone named Anna Kendrick to have a hit. The video is cute, and sounds better to me while entertained by watching it than it did on the radio. On the reasonable assumption that’s the version I was catching.
Devin is clearly talented, especially for her age, but Cups going viral has been done, so not sure how far this will go.
What I found fascinating about Cups is that the original dates back to 1931. What Anna Burden covered was a 2009 update and expansion on that. Not quite as unexpected as a song having been written by a future US vice-president decades before it was a hit, but deep roots nonetheless.