I've been listening to this song ever since you pointed it out to me, i've had little time to review but today is the day I keep my silence.
You've got an incredible voice for sure, and I think this songs strength shines out really at 1:40. Your voice really expresses itself well here, and the cello added some much appreciated bass layers to the song, and even though I felt it was powerful, I also felt myself wishing that there was just a bit more you know? I'm thinking swelling Double Bass strings, or perhaps even further louder cellos. Why? I felt this song's timbre was slightly too treble based. I'm using bass oriented headphones right now and still I feel there was a slight lack of bass.
Remember these are all personal opinions, let me tell you know technical wise, structure wise of course, there is no fault in this song.
Swelling cellos at 1:38, ace man, +30 respect points!
And then of course my own orchestra voices begin to speak and I wonder what this song would sound like with some further instrumental additions. In the original I felt the lonely few instruments were what made it strong, the additions in this song take away from the lonely feeling, yet do not fully give me a satisfying full experience.
I'm talking some fuller string sections, violins thrown into the mix, perhaps even a small solo with the main theme pure orchestra, some low brass, some ever gentle flutes, some sorrowed oboes...
it is definitely an inspiring cover, as well as an inspiring song...
Always rooting for you Jazza, keep up the good fight! You will be missed severely by at least one person when you leave for your service.