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My Sharona -just shoot me. Play it live?

jpage

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No fan club, I'm afraid. Just a guy on a message board with an opinion. A strong one, but one I have held since I was 19 and one that's worked for me as I have played music. It's also the one thing I will not compromise about in bands. I've played the odd cover or three, sure, for our singer. But it's got to be 99% original music we make together.

It's fine it's not everyone's MO, but I'd stop playing if I could only play other people's songs.
Yeah I heard you. I hope your music is more interesting than your lame judgmental takes on what other people do with their time. No one ever cares what you don't like.

I don't see where you share your stuff--can you direct?
 

paulvcarter

Member
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It's a scary super tight song. I'd not risk it personally, my cover band was never that perfect and I am not good enough to hit that solo 100%......

But that's just me!
 

Bankston

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It wouldn't be TGP if every thread didn't devolve into a covers v. originals argument.

I played the cover scene. I don't miss the grind of load in, set up, etc., but I had a blast most of the time and the extra money was nice. And I still enjoy hearing a great cover band.

Most importantly, I don't . . . and don't think anyone else should . . . look down on musicians who put themselves out there to play music, regardless of whether they wrote it or not. The more music in the world, the better place it is to live.

The only song I absolutely refused to play was Play that Funky Music White Boy and you know what? My refusal lasted until someone requested it or tipped us to play it. So, by all means, if your band is talented enough to pull off a tricky song like My Sharona, jam it!
 

JiveTurkey

Trumpets and Tants
Silver Supporting Member
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It wouldn't be TGP if every thread didn't devolve into a covers v. originals argument.

I played the cover scene. I don't miss the grind of load in, set up, etc., but I had a blast most of the time and the extra money was nice. And I still enjoy hearing a great cover band.

Most importantly, I don't . . . and don't think anyone else should . . . look down on musicians who put themselves out there to play music, regardless of whether they wrote it or not. The more music in the world, the better place it is to live.
Well said, sir!
 

Tony

Silver Supporting Member
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Chicks dig it and will dance. It’s actually fun to play if you have the right players in the band.

It’s one of those tunes that is a bit of a b!tch to learn, but once you have it on lockdown you won’t forget it.
 

TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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Yeah I heard you. I hope your music is more interesting than your lame judgmental takes on what other people do with their time. No one ever cares what you don't like.

I don't see where you share your stuff--can you direct?
I don't share my stuff anymore. The band is done so I figured why bother.

I also find it funny you don't care so much you've responded to me multiple times. I guess you do care!
 

Tim Bowen

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I don't feel they are, though it is a semantic argument I will expand on.
I always felt being a musician was not something you could call yourself. A true musician, like a Dylan, Springsteen, Young, etc. etc. and so on, is just born to create. It's like an urge they just can't stifle. MUSICIAN is like the highest title you can achieve when you have made music that means something.
That word you keep using, I don't think it means what you think it means. Try 'artist' instead. This word also requires additional qualifiers, per context, but nonetheless would be considerably less far afield for the description you're attempting to assign to 'musician'.

See also: 'off-topic tangent'
 

TheGuildedAge

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That says everything anyone needs to know
I've just always been very private. I've written two books as well but I don't share them. Our albums are on iTunes and my books are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., but I never share them, except with a few members who I have gotten to know.

A lady at work used to ask why I didn't promote the band or sell cds at work, but I never felt comfortable with it.

I also said no to the past few books talks I was offered because the book has been out over a year and I am done promoting it.

Odd I know.
 

TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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That word you keep using, I don't think it means what you think it means. Try 'artist' instead. This word also requires additional qualifiers, per context, but nonetheless would be considerably less far afield for the description you're attempting to assign to 'musician'.

See also: 'off-topic tangent'
I freely admit it's subjective, arbitrary, and silly on my end to even attempt to define any of it. I just don't take it as personally or emotionally as some here seem to. Even my wife thinks I am pretentious and elitist, which I can't argue.

It doesn't bother me when I am criticized, but I forget sometimes other people aren't so obtuse to criticism.
 

TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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If you're going to continue on this holier than thou track; you're going to need to provide audio evidence.
That's expected but silly to me. It's just my opinion. I don't particularly care if anyone agrees, nor am I going to start compiling evidence on my end to "win" an internet fight.

I think some of you are taking it far more seriously and personally than I do.
 

RichSZ

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I didn't read through the whole thread but if you can pull it off like this, then you guys are something special:


Matt Starr (the drummer) is out of this world
 

Thumpalumpacus

Senior Member
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Classical music was written to be covered.
So what? That doesn't change the fact that your metrics relegate them to the status of "non-musician". You should either reframe your metrics, or acknowledge that musicians often play music not their own compositions.

This is special pleading, nothing more. You wish to carve out your own exception to your own standard with no justification other than "But they're supposed to play covers in an orchestra!"

Never mind the fact that there are plenty of musicians in cover bands who play, write, and flog originals as well, using the cover band as a means of putting food on the table while they work to monetize their originals. The two approaches aren't mutually exclusive, as you're attempting to portray here.

Elitism says more about the speaker than it does about the categories they define, in most cases.
 
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TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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So what? That doesn't change the fact that your metrics relegate them to the status of "non-musician". You should either reframe your metrics, or acknowledge that musicians often play music not their own compositions.

This is special pleading, nothing more. You wish to carve out your own exception to your own standard with no justification other than "But they're supposed to play covers in an orchestra!"

Never mind the fact that there are plenty of musicians in cover bands who play, write, and flog originals as well, using the cover band as a means of putting food on the table while they work to monetize their originals. The two approaches aren't mutually exclusive, as you're attempting to portray here.

Elitism says more about the speaker than it does about the categories they define, in most cases.
You're overthinking it.
 

TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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I'm taking you at face-value. If you think I'm "overthinking" that, seems like that's your own judgement on your own opinion -- namely, that's it's unworthy of much thought. Got it.
I just don't like cover bands. It's not something I feel is worthy of much thought because many people do and it's not a big deal to me.

My original reason for my tangents is someone implying a song is beneath them in a cover band.

Just play it. Who cares? It'll be over in 4 minutes anyway. I think being in a cover band kind of negates any artistic choice one has. It doesn't have the emotional investment for me as originals would.
 

TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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I'm loathe to call "troll!" but this is a classic troll response: "I got a rise out of you!"
I don't troll. I mean every word I type. Whether that's good or bad is probably in the eye of the reader.

I've had these spirited debates with band members too. It took me forever to go see our old singer's 80s metal band because I hate covers so much. It was kind of a joke. "Fine, I'll come... but I'm not having fun!"
 

TheGuildedAge

Senior Member
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That word you keep using, I don't think it means what you think it means. Try 'artist' instead. This word also requires additional qualifiers, per context, but nonetheless would be considerably less far afield for the description you're attempting to assign to 'musician'.

See also: 'off-topic tangent'
I forgot to add I think artist IS the word I was looking for.

My 8 year old on week 10 of drum lessons is a musician, but he's not an artist.
 




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