Bought, Stolen or Borrowed

21 Mar


You either love ’em or hate ’em, but I personally happen to find them fascinating. An artist carrying out their own rendition of another artist’s work. It could be a painting that was originally done by oil, only to be reproduced with charcoal or pencil. It may be a book that was originally written so technical and vivid, only to be watered and bloomed into an academy award-winning film produced by Peter Jackson. Or last but not least, it may be a song – a song that was initially performed by a group, only to be covered acoustically by an artist sitting on a couch at Cherrytree Records.

Most people can’t break away from the original, “should’ve left it alone – they ruined it.” I believe this can be true in certain circumstances. Let’s face it, a Van Gogh is a Van Gogh and unless you’re down at Palettes and Pairings with your friends painting a version to hang in your bathroom, the original should never be depicted.

I can’t forget when my dad first heard Puff Daddy – I’ll be missing you. I believe he got up from his chair and immediately poured himself a Crown Royal on the rocks, “Are you kidding me? This is just awful!” What’s funny about it is I actually loved the song, and even more so when both him and Sting performed on stage together at the 1997 MTV Music Video Awards – epic!

See the thing about music is that no matter whom the artist, he or she is where they are today because of the artists who lived before them and influenced them to do what they do. Who invented the twelve-bar blues? Who first busted out the paradiddle on the snare? (Nick Cannon? Sorry, lame joke! Go ahead, throw a tomato at me). My generation is Puff Daddy – I’ll be missing you, while my fathers generation was The Police – Every Breath You Take, and guess what my grandfathers generation was? Ever heard the hymn by Albert E. Brumley – I’ll Fly Away? The police were not the only influencers providing ideas for Sean Combs.

This is a cover because the original is from 1929 and I can’t find a copy to post on here.

Alison Krauss – I’ll Fly Away (Brumley Cover)

99% of the music being created these days is in some way a reproduction of something that was. Your favorite new album sitting in your ipod right now most likely has over 50 different samples in it. I find it fun to come across an old song and think to myself, “wait a minute that sounds like Jay-Z.”

Here are a few live covers I’ve stumbled on recently. I’ve become completely obsessed with Billboards – Mashup Mondays Covers. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to share with me some of your favorites and/or your thoughts.

Sara Bareilles – Single Ladies (Beyonce Cover)

Florence & the Machine – I Don’t Wanna Know (Mario Winans Cover)

Bilal – Tainted Love (Gloria Jones Cover)

Hope you love them as much as I do. There are many more where those came from, just hop on youtube.

Happy Listening,

Ps. Do me a favor and go type in your favorite song on You may be surprised.


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