Tunes are perhaps the most emotive yet the most fleeting part of songs.
Words may need adjusting here and there to cope with the vagaries of language change but the cultural significance of certain melodies and musical styles changes much more dramatically. And so while people are often very tightly wedded to ‘favourite tunes’, it’s worth being open to new tunes for good old songs.
It’s not for the sake of people who know and love the old songs so much as for those who don’t love them yet, but who might if they were not married to off-putting music. That’s the philosophy we have anyway. These won’t be to everyone’s taste, but why don’t you listen and give them a try? We’re not suggesting banishing the old tunes, but just doing something different from time to time.
Instrumental versions below because I haven’t really got vocal versions yet that I’m happy with. If you really want a vocal version then just ask. Or even better, record a version of you singing/playing along to the backing track and I’ll mix contributions together for a crowd-sourced band mix.