Covers versus original songs Apr 22, 2013 21:26:21 GMT
Post by comet on Apr 22, 2013 21:26:21 GMT
After Hayley's success with Bridge over troubled water in Taiwan.
It would be fair to ask: what are the advantages of singing covers of other artists hits.
Bridge over troubled Water was a huge Number 1 hit worldwide for Simon and Garfunkel in the early 1970s
six million copies of the single were sold, so it is obvious that millions of people have loved and connected with the song over decades
and if they connected with the song before it is likely the next generation of listeners will connect with the song too.
Dozens of other artists have covered the song. Let's just say the song has a great track record. Half the battle is won of it being a sucess again.
You can easily have confidence in the song itself, it has already proven itself.
It helps if the new artist loves the song too. Thats the time to sing it, while you still love it, while you can still connect with the emotion of the song.
Often the cover is a better version than the tentative unproven original version of the song.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is a good example, It had been sung by numerous singers before anyone really hit the nail on the head.
Roberta Flack probably released the most sucessful version. Some of the earlier versions were a bit rough to say the least.
Many artists are very unsure of their own work, Some of the great songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Tori Amos are very insecure about their writing.
Writing and re writing, often over years.
(There was a certain advantage to the Brill Building method of songwriting, usually someone else selected the singer that would best suit the song)
When an artist writes and then sings the first version of a song themselves,
they expose their souls in several ways, their writing and their singing and perhaps their composing abilities as well.
It takes a brave artist to place that much of themselves before the public, open to criticism by all.