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Author:  Jonmark
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Date:  11/11/2007 5:00:59 PM
Subject:  Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark?
Has nothing to do with performance rights.
Playing "normal" restaurant/bar situations, covers are expected... in fact they are often referred to as "cover" jobs.

In some songwriter oriented situations, playing songs, other than your own, is frowned upon.
To be fair, it stems from a well meaning attempt to emphasize unknown songwriters material, mostly in acoustic circles. I have had ground rules laid out to me that stressed playing ONLY your own songs.
Ground rules I've been known to break.

It's important to note here though that I don't consider myself first and foremost a songwriter.
That makes me unusual in many of the situations I'm describing. Mickey, for instance, described himself as a songwriter above all, then a singer guitarist.

I judge my abilities in a different order. Singer/guitarist, technician-audio engineer/producer, and lastly, songwriter.

As such, I've spent many years accumulating obscure songs by both known and unknown writers, that I take pleasure in presenting to the folks I get the chance to sing for.

Having said all this though, I've probably made much-to-do out of little with this rambling, since I left the "cover" business over a year ago and find myself playing very little in the intervening period.

Even odder considering my next album... the one we've been babbling on and on about for a couple of years now, contains only one song by another writer.

In the immortal words of Gilda Radner... never mind. :)

 Where did the music go? by Gloria Comingore  at 11/10/2007 1:52:49 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Doug at 11/10/2007 2:07:16 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Gloria Comingore  at 11/10/2007 2:23:51 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by larry larry at 11/10/2007 2:54:05 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by larry larry at 11/10/2007 3:04:23 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by buckman at 11/10/2007 3:09:18 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Doug at 11/10/2007 4:51:24 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Jonmark at 11/10/2007 5:56:30 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Karen R  at 11/10/2007 6:40:32 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by BarbraG  at 11/10/2007 8:30:43 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Doug at 11/10/2007 9:37:42 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Texas Granny at 11/10/2007 9:59:26 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Jackie at 11/10/2007 10:56:26 PM
 Re: Where did the music go? by Gloria Comingore  at 11/11/2007 10:36:01 AM
 No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Ginny G. at 11/11/2007 11:55:15 AM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Texas Granny at 11/11/2007 1:29:48 PM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Jonmark at 11/11/2007 5:00:59 PM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by larry larry at 11/11/2007 5:38:18 PM
 You underestimate yourself... by Ginny G. at 11/11/2007 7:11:02 PM
 Jonmark, the underestimating post was for you... by Ginny G. at 11/11/2007 7:13:05 PM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Texas Granny at 11/11/2007 8:22:06 PM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Jonmark at 11/12/2007 6:52:19 AM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Doug at 11/12/2007 10:45:59 AM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Jonmark at 11/12/2007 10:20:30 PM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by Doug at 11/13/2007 12:21:12 AM
 Re: No covers allowed, Jonmark? by larry larry at 11/13/2007 4:09:17 PM