Reading Time: 13 minutes Stop being a stupid !@%*! and do something about it. Calling myself increasing worse things used to be my crude way of dealing with anxiety, before I could admit to myself self that I actually had anxiety. As it goes … Continue reading A 10 Day Cure For The Unhappy Mind
Reading Time: 12 minutes A blog niche allows a blogger to show their expertise in an area while a tribe allows them to serve the maximum number of people. Continue reading Blog Niche: Finding It Means Finding Your Tribe
Reading Time: 4 minutes Impostor Syndrome can be anxiety provoking but it is also very natural. Fortunately, it’s cure is simple and just as it’s natural. Continue reading Impostor Syndrome: The Simple Reason We Experience It
Reading Time: 4 minutes A game where photographers share the pictures that they took or saw that made them want to be a photographer. Continue reading WP Game: Photos That Inspired You to be a Photographer
Reading Time: 5 minutes Our Tribes affect everything from how we feel to the company we keep. These are 8 reasons to find the right tribe for you. Continue reading 8 Benefits of Finding Your Tribe And How to Do It
Reading Time: 5 minutes This is the final part of designing a logo yourself where we combine everything we’ve learned thus far. Continue reading How To Design Your Brand Logo [Part 3]: Puting Everything Together
Reading Time: 5 minutes Today he is remembered as the “Father of American psychology” but William James’ journey was riddled with illness and depression. So how did he change his fortune? Continue reading William James and The Will To Believe
Reading Time: 5 minutes Vision boards are universally known for goal setting, but they can also damage your self-image and your self-esteem. Continue reading Can A Vision Board Make You Toxic?
Reading Time: 6 minutes An important part of being memorable to customers is understanding what they find desirable, familiar and novel. Continue reading How To Design Your Brand Logo [Part Two]: Creating Customer Profiles
Reading Time: 5 minutes A step by step journey through the process of creating a brand logo for bloggers and entrepreneurs. Continue reading How To Design Your Brand Logo [Part One]: Choosing The Right Font
Reading Time: 4 minutes I decided to ditch typing in keywords in google and went looking for creative inspiration where it all started for me. Art Hop! Continue reading Ditching Google For Real World Creatve Inspiration
Reading Time: 2 minutes Pinterest is perfect for creating an evolving vision board. Though they are typically used for long term planning, I decided to create a six week vision board using Pinterest. Continue reading Six Weeks Vision Board Using Pinterest
Reading Time: 2 minutes This morning I finished the sixth chapter of my book. With a combination of work, business, my brother’s wedding, and my own anxiety I haven’t felt like writing. Turns out all I had to do was get sick for my inspiration to come back. It also brought me to the realization that I like parts of the first version of this story a lot better than this one. The main difference between the two are the following. One is in first-person perspective while the other is in third. One leans heavily into time travel, while the other leans into more … Continue reading [Blog Update] Chapter 5 And 6 Complete
Let’s start with a fact. Whitney Houston’s rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is a far better, and more popular, song than the original.
There I said it.
It’s not the first cover song to surpass the source material and it won’t be the last. Which is why I think it is important to talk about the most prolific example of artists copying one another.
If you’ve read my previous post, you know how I feel about fetishizing “originality” and the harmful impact of the “starving artist” and “creative misanthrope” stereotype.
So as a source of inspiration and a point of reflection I am putting together a list of cover songs that in my opinion are either as good or surpass the original.
Something to worth considering as you go through this list is to consider that, each of these cover songs were re-imagined using the individual artist’s ability, vision, and creative choices.
Or as filmmaker, writer, and speaker Kirby Ferguson puts it:
I think this is mostly what we do. Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another, and admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness. It’s a liberation from our misconceptions, and it’s an incentive to not expect so much from ourselves and to simply begin.
*If you want to see his TED talk, you can find it at the end of this article.
One final thing to consider is that cover songs are usually created (in my opinion) for one of the following reasons
- To boost the popularity of a fading song. (“Thou” covering “Nirvana”)
- To pay tribute. (“Ariana Grande” covering “Aretha Franklin”)
- To surprise an existing audience. (“Disturbed” covering “Simon and Garfunkel”)
- For an artist to prove their mettle by covering a master. (Every Open Mic ever)
There are other reasons too, and I highly recommend trying to figure out what they could be as you read through this list.
Reading Time: 1 minute I realized today that I am backsliding again. Hi, I’m Khan Shadid and I push my luck until I end up crashing into a wall. When I blogged for thirty days straight LAST MONTH it was prove to myself that … Continue reading [Announcement] I’m No Longer Doing Blogtober
Reading Time: 2 minutes A month ago I visited some friends in Sacramento and visited the Crocker Art Museum with a friend of mine. We had been friends a long while but over the last few years we had both become occupied by our … Continue reading [Blogtober] [Photography]- “The Fate of All Young Men”
Reading Time: 3 minutes Find out what’s coming up this October on Notes & Drafts. Continue reading [Coming Up] Growing, Hustling, And Coding
Reading Time: 4 minutes The only thing the dark elves and the faerie elves ever agreed on was what to do with a coward. For a coward the choice was between earth or the dark elves’ way. The first meant to be buried alive … Continue reading Day 28 [Flash Fiction] The Odd Winter
Reading Time: 4 minutes Stoicism Continue reading How To Improve Your Blogging Voice in 30 Minutes
Reading Time: 3 minutes Stoicism Continue reading Day 26[Reflection] Finding Peace in Stoicism