All right, I uploaded this to Soundcloud last week, but I never got around to finally publishing the blog post. So, I never shared it on Facebook. So....on to what this song is.
Last week's song was a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel song "I am a Rock". Now, the original version of the song, I am a big fan of. However, being an EXTREME introvert, I always thought that the music was too subdued for the lyrics that were being sung. It is really a pretty song but lacked the emotional depth that I felt the song should have had. So I asked myself how would I have done it?
This brings me to my philosophy on covers. I think that cover songs (songs that I do that were originally done by another artist) should not be a re-rendering of the original song. I really don't think that I would add too much to a cover of Metallica's "Master of Puppets". I would approach it very similar to how they did it. In the end, it would sound like I was trying to redo what they did - and I don't think that I would out do them. So - the result would be rather pathetic.
BUT, if I take a new twist on an old song, that gives it more of a new feeling and creates something different and new. And it makes both parties just a little less embarrassed about the whole mess.
That is sort of what I am doing here. The original artists were very good singers and harmonized well. And, much better guitarists than I am - at least in a folk style. I would just be embarrassing myself (and others) by trying to repeat their performance. So, taking the observations that I made above and my natural tendency to remake things in metal, I decided to go a different route. I did a punk/metal route that is more natural for me and more authentic to the emotions underlying the lyrics. Vocally, I tried to go for a more maniacal and over-the-top style - somewhat like a madman trapped in a room within his castle.
I also did a little 70's type thing with the lead guitar. The guitar part pans left and right and generally just noodles throughout the song. I heard something like this done on a Jimi Hendrix track and I thought that it would be a nice period-era technique to throw into the song as well.
Well, I hope that you enjoy! And if you have other cover song ideas, please feel free to leave the suggestion in the comment section.
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