[Jandek] COVERING JANDEK SONGS.
simon.greenwood at mac.com
Fri Mar 2 01:06:19 PST 2007
I knew that someone would say this even as I wrote the mail... it's
not that the music couldn't be transcribed or the words be written
down and sung by someone else, but that it isn't necessary.
It is a natural habit of most musicians to want to play other
people's music, and there's nothing wrong with that at all, but it
would seem to me that the way in which Jandek's music is made and the
philosophy behind its creation makes covering it unnecessary from the
point of view of the creator: the music exists at the time of
creation and the recording exists as a document . I have had an
interest in free music for a long time, and one of the aspects of
that is that the act of creation is more important than the
documentation. This is the opposite of modern popular music, and also
something that the Representative seems to appreciate very well.
In short, I'm not saying 'don't cover Jandek' or 'you can't cover
Jandek' but more 'why cover Jandek' as I believe that is counter to
the thinking behind the music. The best way to do it would be to take
a lyric and reinterpret it with the instrument(s) of your choice.
This would be more true to the artist's intention. Or something.
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