The scene is set: an elementary school jungle gym. It’s about 12 o’clock in the afternoon and lunch just ended and recess ensued. Children sit around in a circle, singing songs and clapping their hands together. I remember from when I was in elementary school back in the day, there was always one song that was sung with the same repetitious hand claps and snaps: “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it, roll it and mark it with a B; put it in the oven for baby and me.”
YouTube sensations Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Alex G, and Madilyn Bailey take the Patty Cake song to a whole new level in the cover of Adele’s “Send My Love.” Performed in a park, just like in elementary school, these four sit two across from each other with microphones angled into the center and a camera circling the quartet. A small breakdown in the center of the song shows a unique form of clapping and trading partners before the singing starts again.
Honestly, this cover might even sound better than the original; sorry Adele. The sounds are beautifully acapella and softer, more delicate than the original. With lyrics saying “send my love to your new lover/treat her better,” it seems more of an acoustic song than how the original sounded with its upbeat, typical Adele songs.
Personally, I can’t stop replaying the song. There are just some days where you need an acapella song to lighten your mood and though the lyrics are quite sad, this cover seems to lift my spirits a little. Though, let’s be real, with voices like theirs, I’d listen to anything and everything they put out on YouTube. Check out the video below, it’s sure to blow your mind!