Pearl Jam – Better Man (CELLO + PIANO COVER) – Brooklyn Duo

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Better Man by Pearl Jam, arranged and performed live on cello and piano by Brooklyn Duo.
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Here’s another throwback! Pearl Jam was one of the biggest bands around when we were young kids and this is one of the most iconic songs from the mid-90s. It’s hard to compete with Eddie Vedder’s infectious vocal lines, but we thought it worked great on cello and piano and we tried to capture the essence of the song. Also, Patrick borrowed a cello from a friend for this one – can you guys hear the difference? What do you think?

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Brooklyn Duo:
Marnie Laird, piano
Patrick Laird, cello

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Lyrics:

Waitin’, watchin’ the clock, it’s four o’clock, it’s got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
As he opens the door, she rolls over
Pretends to sleep as he looks her over

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man

Talkin’ to herself, there’s no one else who needs to know
She tells herself

Memories back when she was bold and strong
And waiting for the world to come along
Swears she knew him, now she swears he’s gone

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man

She lies and says she still loves him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man

She loved him, she don’t want to leave this way
She feeds him, that’s why she’ll be back again

Can’t find a better man

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Patrick performs exclusively on Pirastro strings (http://www.pirastro.com)

Brooklyn Duo uses Earthworks and Neumann microphones.

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Brooklyn Duo Bio:

Founded in 2014, Brooklyn Duo has quickly established itself as one of today’s most successful classical crossover ensembles. Through its creative arrangements and live video performances, the piano and cello duo has garnered a huge following, with over 600,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 150 million streams annually on platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio.

On a whim, the couple arranged and recorded two pop covers and released them on YouTube. Shakira noticed the duo’s cover of her song Empire and promoted it to her 130 million-plus fan base, saying: “We’re loving Brooklyn Duo’s piano/cello cover of Empire! Great work guys.” The boost that resulted from that exposure and the positive response they were getting on YouTube encouraged the couple to continue creating videos.

Since then, Marnie and Patrick have released over 80 videos on their Brooklyn Duo YouTube channel and 7 albums of covers, spanning artists from The Beatles to Metallica to Taylor Swift (who also tweeted about them, saying their cover of her song “Blank Space” sounded “like a song people should walk down the aisle to”). In 2016, the couple started a second YouTube channel, Brooklyn Classical, with the goal of introducing classical music to a larger audience. With this new channel, Marnie and Patrick aim to showcase high quality, live performances of classical music. Brooklyn Classical often hosts high-profile guest artists, including the world-renowned Dover and Escher string quartets and percussionist Ivan Trevino.

In 2017, Marnie and Patrick partnered with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble Connect, a collective of some of the best young musicians in the U.S., to produce a cover of a-ha’s “Take On Me”. The video went viral and garnered millions of views in just a few months. Popular classical music stations Classic FM and WQXR regularly share Brooklyn Duo’s music on their social media pages, with Classic FM calling the duo “masters of the artfully planned pop cover.” One of their covers was also recently featured in an episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

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