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Merritt Rewriting someone else's song (85* d) RE: Rewriting someone else's song 09 Nov 02


Many perspectives here.

I often change everything about a song. Lyrics, rhythm, chords, melody..so it suits me. And then I change it again.

I can play stuff "just like it sounds," but have zero interest in replicating material. This does not mean that I don't love the original; I often do. But someone else already does the original. If the author of a tune I was playing in some pub came up to me and told me I was doing wrong, that person would have the stage in a heartbeat to present the original.

The crux of the biscuit, for me, is that my relationship with a song is not linear.

Anybody's free to interpret my original stuff altho', picking up on someone's comment above, >I< rarely play/perform it the same way twice anyway.

And, really, at the end of day, nobody gives a rat's *ss what I play in my living room, or some little bar in rural Wisconsin.

- Merritt

"It's all one big note." F. Zappa


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