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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.


Banksy Adventures

7 May

On one of my trips to San Francisco, my friend and I decided it would be fun to map out all of Banksy’s artwork and create an adventure out of it. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last 10 years, Banksy is a British artist who is made famous for not only his artwork, but the messages behind them and his sneaky tactics. Nobody knows who he really is.

I’ve looked at his book Wall and Peace and every single creation has a story behind it, a meaning. I couldn’t wait to see his work with my own eyes.


I realized how respected this man was; they placed plexi glass over the work so people wouldn’t destroy it.

Mission & Erie

This originally was just his tree and the bird. When we got there we were shocked to see the transformation. I’ll admit I was kind of sad, but at least his work is still there.


This made me sad, I would assume that some young kids just don’t know the significance of Banksy. However, once I got home it dawned on me that with the area he chose and the message he made, it was most likely offensive to someone.

After hours of walking, eating, and drinking, we decided to call it a day, but we had to see the rat 🙂


There is more Banksy art in SF that we did not see, some we couldn’t find and some had been painted over.
This man is so sneaky and creative, it’s unreal. I heard about his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop and I ended up getting it for Christmas. I’ve watched it 6 times already and without spoiling any of it for you, all I’ll say is GO BUY IT!

I wish Banksy would sneak into Seattle. I find myself looking at large walls thinking, Banksy would love this!

Ta, Mear

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