So Matthew Morrison is releasing an album. As announced recently, he collaborates with Gwyneth Paltrow on a cover of Over the Rainbow. I guess the song has special meaning for him because he performed it for his Glee audition and then they let him do it on the show. has an exclusive preview of the track. Click here to listen.

I get it that we can have attachments to music, certain songs, especially the ones that open new doors. In his case, this song led to the break of Morrison’s career. And on his first major album, of course all that emotion is even more heightened.

But I remember he offered this quote a few weeks ago describing the interpretation:

"I wanted to do a duet with a female. I thought that was a good song to do, and we really did a different arrangement of it. It's a lot of strings, and it's beautiful." (Source)

I suppose you can’t really judge from a short minute clip but there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of difference between Morrison and G and the version that the late Israel Kamakawiwo?ole was so well known for. Even if you don’t know “Iz’s” name, you know the sound. And, really, when a sound is SO associated with a particular artist, I don’t know, I feel like it’s a little … lazy (?)… for lack of a better word… to front like you’re somehow making it fresh.

Or maybe it’s just me?

Am I just hearing things?

Am I being unfair?

Probably. Always.

I’m attaching Iz’s Over the Rainbow, and also his medley of Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World because that’s what I’ll be listening to down at the beach …with a rum punch!

File photo from Apega/