Cover songs. It’s a funny thing. Listening to a song and then trying to imagine how to make it feel like something you would have written, to make it feel like your own. Otherwise, what’s the point of covering a song? Certainly not to make it sound the same.
I have to say, I’ve got a soft spot for Billy Joel. He’s got a lot of bluster and seems slightly cantankerous, which is a pretty good thing for an artist. You know what you want, right? And he seems pretty authentic which is saying a lot. Authenticity rules, my friends. Don’t let ANYONE tell you otherwise.
So, how did we come to cover the original badass piano man, you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
The stars aligned. The sky broke open and inspiration knocked me on my ass. I couldn’t imagine singing his melody in the exact same way he did- so I tweaked it to how I prefer to sing- with some languid, lilting, sighing sadness. Then we stripped it way down to bare bones, because I personally believe any good song should be able to withstand it. Just the melody, just the words. Maybe a hint of adornment, you know like a pair of earrings or a barrette, or a killer pair of boots. Mike came over to my little studio one evening and he chiseled out a lovely melancholic guitar part, and then I built some layers around it.
But what is really the magical bit for me- is that after breaking it all apart and wearing it down to the beginnings… well, the song really started to make sense to me. The lyrics made me feel something. Nostalgia. Something bittersweet. Something forgotten and something remembered. It’s pretty easy to be caught up in the minutiae and stress of our everyday lives. But the secret, I think, is to get lost in those tiny little moments of everyday. Pouring cream in your coffee and reading a magazine across the table from a friend. Making dinner and taking it over to your girlfriends place for a potluck. Walking around the reservoir in the morning and listening to your favorite podcast. Playing with your dog. Because I promise, a few years from now (or MANY years from now), you’ll be looking back and wishing for those moments again.
“THIS IS THE TIME TO REMEMBER BECAUSE IT WILL NOT LAST FOREVER”
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