Imagine Jack Johnson sans Curious George

I have no idea how I missed this hidden gem buried deep in this compilation album of covers of John Lennon songs. But it doesn't really matter - this is an excellent example of better late than never.

And speaking of excellent example - this cover of Imagine definitely qualifies. Matter of fact, I think it's one of the best and there have been lots of versions to choose from over the years.

Avril Lavigne covers it too on the same album and it's good but it didn't strike me as really unique - mainly because the piano arrangement reminds me of the original.

That's where Jack Johnson's version veers into almost-better-than-the-original territory. He takes a very classic piano-forward song and replaces it with a beautiful acoustic guitar arrangement that is pure magic.

And you know what the funny thing is? I didn't think about Curious George once.