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January 14th, 2006
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Stage Fright

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Date:January 15th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
Going against the grain is also good advice. I often say that I love weird covers; what I usually mean by this is that I love covers that deviate sufficiently from the original to be interesting. They don't have to be actually weird; it's just an easy shorthand. Taking something that's usually done by the opposite gender, or in a different range, or with different instrumentation than you do, and making it work. Right this moment I've got a cover in the works that's usually done by a pretty deep gravelly growly baritone male, with a full band and sort of cha-cha percussion, and singing it myself in a nice sexy smooth low-end soprano with only a single guitar for accompaniment.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but it usually intrigues people to hear something old done in a new way.
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Date:January 16th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Although I certainly do hear covers that don't work from time to time, I personally really like hearing distinct versions of songs I'm familiar with. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that my average audience doesn't feel the same way -- when I do a song they are familiar with (from other people's versions) I often seem to get a worse reaction than when I do something they haven't heard before. I've had people specifically tell me I'm doing the song "wrong" because I'm not doing it the same as it is on their record.

I figure the only time a filker should strive to sound just like the record is when they're doing a parody; if they're doing the song straight, if I want to hear the record, I can play the record. But it doesn't seem like other people feel the same way.
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Date:January 16th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
I could ignore the specific comments (which are quite few); what I can't ignore is the inattention and no more than polite applause. (Filk audiences are too nice and supportive to throw fruit, boo, or even not applaud, but there's still a big difference between the applause for something they really like and the applause when they're just trying to be generally supportive.)
Date:January 17th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes that apparent inattention may come from politesse. Sometimes it's from thinking things through, or being forced to think about a song instead of just enjoying a rollicking ride.
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