Is Connor Brennan A Good Musician? Let's Check The Tapes

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Is Connor Brennan A Good Musician? Let's Check The Tapes

Connor B., Cat Connor, the one who can't button up a shirt to save his life, the Jed we actually like — no matter what you call The Bachelorette's Connor Brennan, one thing we can all agree on is that he is one of the least cringe-worthy musicians ever to grace the franchise. He's self-deprecating, has a legit day job, and a sweet sense of humor. But is he actually good? I decided to do a deep dive into Connor Brennan's performance videos to find out.

In addition to his six songs on Spotify, Connor has plenty of videos showing off his musical talents online — mostly covers and a few originals scattered here and there. And I'd expect a lot more to come now that he's back home performing post-Bachelorette fame. While we wait for him to release more, let's take a look at Connor's best musical performances on the interwebs.

The Bachelorette Songs

So far, we've seen Connor B. perform two original songs for Katie Thurston this season, and, being the gentleman that he is, he did us the courtesy of uploading full versions of each to his official Instagram account. (He knows what the people want.)

Katie's Song

After last week's episode, when he performed a song for Katie during the rose ceremony, Connor shared the full version of the song he wrote for Katie, "Goodnight." As he explained in the caption, he wrote this after they first met on Night 1 and he was "just wishing I could stay up all night talking with her."

Rating: If you can get past the cringe factor of being sung to personally by a man with a ukulele, it's pretty sweet. I give it an 3.5/5.

Best Lover Group Date Song

Connor's other original Bachelorette track was more of a parody song, written in an effort to prove to Katie that he was the perfect lover during a group date competition.

Rating: This song is when Connor went from Cat Man to actual contender in my book. He got to show another side of himself here, and he absolutely nailed the tone. 5/5

The Originals

Connor has a few original releases floating around, including two music videos for his solo songs "rough draft" and "Back to You," and a song from his new band, Sweet Josephine, called "River."

"River"

Sweet Josephine posted this original song to Instagram last week. If you like two-person harmonies and songs with a country flair, this one's for you.

Rating: 3.5/5

"Rough Draft"

Connor's latest single as a solo artist, "rough draft" was released in November of 2020, and is pretty standard singer-songwriter fare. With its haunting background vocals and Death Cab for Cutie vibes, it sounds like something you'd find on The O.C. soundtrack.

Rating: 4/5 (Note: Bonus points were given for his Harry Potter glasses.)

"Back To You"

Connor shared this video in March of 2020 of a love song he wrote for a woman also named Katie. (I think he has a type.)

Rating: 2.5/5 The idea here is very sweet, but the lyrics are super cringe.

The Live Streams

During the pandemic shutdown, Connor also performed a series of live streams with Piano Fondue where viewers could make his set playlist. There are six solo-shows, all over an hour long, covering tracks from Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and Elton John's "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters."

Connor Brennan Live 6/28/2020

In his very first live stream with Piano Fondue, Connor covered The Lion King's "Hakuna Matata" and Dirty Dancing's "I've Had The Time Of My Life," but the main appeal to this one for Bachelorette fans is his shirt. Clearly, Connor's love of unbuttoned shirts is not just for show. Doesn't the shirt he's wearing here look familiar?

Rating: 5/5 Long live the unbuttoned button down!

Connor Brennan Live 7/26/2020

This one's fun because he streamed from his childhood home and his mom, Lisa Brennan, even comes out to join him in singing "Rainbow Connection" around the 22-minute mark. We love a musical cat who can have fun with his family in these pandemic times. (And this isn't the only time Connor has recruited his family for an online performance. In December of 2019, he shared this "Brennan Family Cover" of "Ho Hey!")

Rating: 4.5/5

Connor Brennan Live 1/23/21

This video should start around the 23-minute mark, when Connor gears up to perform "My Shot" from Hamilton. You're welcome, Internet.

Rating: 2/5 Some people just...shouldn't rap in public, you know?

Final Verdict

So, is Connor B. a good musician? I say yes. His music isn't necessarily my style (I'm more of a Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Xtina fan myself), but any man that can go from playing a Disney song to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" on the piano without missing a beat is worthy of respect.

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