While I appreciate that some of my supporters out there want to hear something original from me when it comes to music, I like continuing to do cover songs. I just like playing them. Why do I continue to play cover songs? Well for a few reasons really. First of all, they are fun to do. Secondly, I enjoy performing cover songs that people know well and love. Thirdly, I just want to sing all the songs that I’ve loved over the years. I’ve listened to so much music over the years of my life and I pretty much want to sing all my favorites. Another reason I play covers is to show people that I can play like a real musician. I learned that when you’re a musician and you can do covers well then you’re a real musician.
I want to learn as much cover songs as possible. From old stuff to new stuff yes that means music from the 50’s all the way to today. I have been learning a lot of cover songs lately. Right now I’m just trying to memorize all the lyrics by heart and memorize the guitar parts too. I’ve been learning a lot of stuff by Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground, I know a few songs by the Clash, know several David Bowie songs, a few Ritchie Valens songs, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, etc. A few weeks ago, I just learned Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” and Oasis’s “Wonderwall”. I’ve also been working on my own version of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” which a lot of cover bands play a lot.
I don’t know what happened… it seems nowadays that nobody wants to hear cover songs anymore. People want to hear nothing but original music from musicians nowadays which to me is strange. In my opinion, you should never neglect cover songs ’cause I’ve always believed it was important to do both originals and covers as I’ve always done both. I’ll get back to songwriting at some point when inspiration hits ’cause I only write new stuff when I’m inspired. For now, I’m just trying to learn and memorize as much cover songs as I possibly can.
Cover songs are awesome and I’m going to keep doing them no matter what anyone says. At some point I want to start learning some Kiss songs, Alice Cooper and I want to learn more Grateful Dead songs as well. Even though I know several David Bowie songs, there are still more songs I want to learn of his… I want to learn the Bowie songs “Heroes” and “Quicksand” at some point. I’m a Bowie superfan and I would like to put on a David Bowie tribute show at some point. I think that would be fun, I’ll figure something out. The Bowie tribute show would probably be live on the internet.