Jennifer O'Connor & Travis Stever - Young Turks (Rod Stewart cover)

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Travis and have been doing a little bit of virtual collaborating during quarantine and he asked me work on this cover of one of his favorite songs from when he was a kid - “Young Turks” by Rod Stewart. I love this song too, so we were passing it back and forth over the internets (him tracking the guitars and bass at this home studio, and me doing vocals and keys in mine. We weren’t sure what we were going to do with it and then when I learned of this project RTP was putting together it clicked how perfect this song is for this particular time/cause. It’s an anti-establishment, battle cry of a song at heart - told through the classic, personal, story-song lense.

Now more than ever, we can’t give up. We have to keep fighting for our lives, our country, our sanity, our freedom. I’m sure that’s probably not exactly what Rod meant when he wrote it, but I think in some ways, it kind of is..”

“Young hearts be free tonight.
Time is on your side.
Don’t let them put you down, don’t let ’em push you around,
Don’t let ’em ever change your point of view.”

Jennifer O’Connor


from Talk - Action = Zero Vol. 2: A Compilation Benefitting Spread The Vote, released August 28, 2020
Drummer that played on it is Evan Rossiter. Sean Paul Pillsworth mixed it.

“Young Turks”
Written by Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Kevin Savigar and Rod Stewart
© 1981 EMI Music Publishing Ltd.


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