James Taylor, a six-time Grammy winner, is often cited as one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. It’s no wonder that many of his songs are highly recognizable.
In this video, singers Peter Hollens and Tim Foust cover one of James Taylor’s songs. However, these artists did not choose one of Taylor’s biggest hits. Instead, they chose an underrated tune.
Hollens sings “You Can Close Your Eyes” acapella. He is accompanied by three Tim Fousts. Through editing software, Hollens sings while surrounded by three versions of Tim Foust singing different harmonies.
The choice to perform Taylor’s song acapella makes perfect sense. “You Can Close Your Eyes” has very comforting lyrics, so the smooth acapella style complements the words.
The first verse begins, “Oh, the sun is surely sinking down / But the moon is slowly rising / So this old world must still be spinning round / And I still love you.” The singer tells his lover, the world is still spinning, life still goes on, and he still loves her.
These immutable truths lead to the chorus: “You can close your eyes, it’s alright / I don’t know no love songs / I can’t sing the blues anymore / Oh but I can sing this song / You can sing this song when I’m gone.”
It’s clear that the singer is close to death, so he longs to bring comfort to his beloved. He assures her that everything will be okay, so she can close her eyes and relax. He gifts her this simple song as a sweet reminder of their love. Peter Hollens and Tim Foust perform a lovely rendition that is sure to calm an anxious heart.