Covers Corner: “Soak Up the Sun” by Soccer Mommy

This came on my radar while browsing Twitter (now X) recently. I hadn’t thought of this song in years, but as soon as I saw the title, very clear childhood memories came rushing back. Amazing how transporting a song can be, you know? It’s also fun because this isn’t, say, “Yesterday” or “Wonderwall” or the like – it’s a pop song, for sure, but a more obscure one that isn’t an intuitive choice for a cover. Soccer Mommy hits it out of the park (or the field, as it were).

I may have talked about this in other Covers Corner posts, but I’ve noticed that covers tend to articulate lyrics more. This song is no exception. I like that, though. It turns the song into something more reflective and relatable, like a song that a millennial would write about not having any money but wanting to live life to the fullest anyway. After all, “it’s not having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got.” Soccer Mommy’s version is quieter, too, or at least more restrained and understated. Sheryl Crow’s version was louder and full of abandon. In that way, I like Soccer Mommy’s version better. Its reflectiveness suits me and I find it more relatable.

What do you think?

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