All musicians do cover songs. No matter how talented you are, like Jimi Hendrix, who charmingly covered Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower, sometimes you’d just hear a nice tune and you want to make it your own. And how many people know that Killing Me Softly by The Fugees, one of my all time favourite songs, is a cover song from 1972 by a country singer Lori Lieberman then soul singer Roberta Flack? What can I say… Lauryn Hill has totally stolen the song!
A true musician often revisits, reinterprets and re-examines. Sometimes we find cover songs that have totally different style than the original, such as a folk song turning into jazz, a pop song turning into heavy metal.
Musicians who do good cover songs are able to perceive the goodness in a song. In our mind, we have this power to perceive with our senses. We have this idea of the ‘perfect forms’ or the ‘perfect reality’. And doesn’t it apply to all aspects of our lives? Don’t we all perceive the ‘perfect ones’?
My Favourite Things, by John Coltrane (original by Sound Of Music) totally opens my ears.
Daniela Andrade, a musician that I came across on youtube, has made me realize how a good pair of ears can hear things that others might not be able to hear. It’s definitely the first time I hear Billie Jean (original by Michael Jackson) in such a way that I finally realize what this song is talking about…