Almost three months after his untimely death, Spotify has released two live recorded songs from Mac Miller.
The songwriter swaps melancholic strings for an intimate piano in this acoustic rendition of “Dunno,” the tenth track off his most recent album Swimming. Personally, this is my favourite song from the record, so I lost my shit when I heard this. If it’s even possible, this version is even more emotional than the original; there has been speculation that this track is dedicated to Ariana Grande, reminiscing on experiences the couple shared. The stripped down version allows the listener to hear Mac’s raw vocals combined with a sole piano. I prefer this piano rendition because you can feel his emotions through the crescendos in the piano and it focuses on the lyrics, which share such intimate details and thoughts.
This track, like many others, proves Mac’s wide range of vocal talent. Not only can he masterfully weave in (and pull off) clever wordplay in his raps, but he also sings like an angel. Mac shows a more self-reflective and vulnerable side in Swimming, with tracks like “Dunno,” “2009,” and “Come Back to Earth.” This isn’t the first time Mac has demonstrated his piano prowess; back in 2012, he shared a video of himself covering Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?”
The second track is a stripped-down, slightly more lighthearted cover of “Nothing From Nothing,” originally sang by Billy Preston. This recording also shows off his vocal versatility and offers a change from his last live recording session with NPR Tiny Desk:
If you’re like me and still grieving Mac’s death, take a moment to remember him as the funny, light-hearted soul that he was and watch some videos of him vaping 🙂
Read our tribute to Mac Miller.