What is TheCoverStory?

The title says it all: this is a place where you can find amateur covers of the music you love, created by people who love music for people who love music. Read on for a more specific manifesto of our goals and philosophies.

Here at TheCoverStory, our goal is to create a “performance space” for amateur musicians wherein others can discover and share reproductions and reinterpretations of their favorite songs.

We hope to create this “performance space” by sticking to three main tennets:

1) We want to give amateur musicians a place to display their practice, works, or masterpieces.
2) We want to discover reproductions and reinterpretations of our favorite music.
3) We want to share all of this with you, the reader, at no cost, through user-generated media outlets.

WE  WANT TO GIVE AMATEUR MUSICIANS A PLACE TO DISPLAY THEIR WORK, PRACTICE, OR MASTERPIECES.

For many people, and for us personally here at TCSB, music is the joy of our lives, but not the center. We have occupations and jobs, and then we have hobbies. Our goal here is to create a space where other people who create music as a hobby (not a career or occupation) can share their work. Professionals have designated spaces and opportunities to share their work, whereas amateurs often do not. Therefore, although we may occasionally mention or link to a professionally-done cover, we will never feature a professional cover in a single post. There are other places to find such covers. Please visit our friends on the Blogroll to find these covers.

We realize that, although the distinction between “professional” and “amateur” is mostly a matter of paid or non-paid, there is often a blur between this line. For example, we can recall the “starving artist”– a professional who struggles to find the right outlet for sharing his or her work for pay. On the other hand, thanks to sites like YouTube, Last.Fm, etc, s0-called amateurs can share their music for free, and they often enjoy a large audience that regularly views their works.

When it comes these cases, we will usually post a cover if we like it. The most important thing is that the artist shares his or her music for the sheer joy of creating music.

WE WANT TO DISCOVER REPRODUCTIONS AND REINTERPRETATIONS OF OUR FAVORITE MUSIC.

We could have a long discussion about what makes a good cover. Some think that a good cover must reinterpret the music and do something different–otherwise, it’s just the same as the original, so why not listen to the original? After all, isn’t it much better to view Van Gogh’s “The Sunflowers” than to look at a simple reproduction on a computer? Frankly, we mostly agree with this sentiment. We believe that reinterpretations of music are generally more interesting than reproductions, and we tend to search for creative reinterpretations more often than simple copy-cats.

However, we do find great value in a well-done reproduction that does little or nothing different from the original–as long as it comes from the desire to create music and shows technical skill in creating the reproduction. It’s something like listening to your friend, brother, or neighbor play that song you love in your living room, on the front porch, or at down at the beach with not a care in the world except the joy of creating music.

WE WANT TO SHARE ALL OF THIS WITH YOU, AT NO COST, THROUGH USER-GENERATED MEDIA OUTLETS.

We think that one of the great things of modern technology and communication is that almost anybody can publish almost anything. It’s what’s allowing us to create and maintain this blog, and it’s what allows amateur musicians to share their work with the world. This is a fun activity for us because we love to share the music we love!

Because all of out material is user-generated, we do not distribute any original files that we do not own without explicit permission from the author. We always link to a third-party hosting site where you can contact the amateur artist–consult these pages if you want to download files. You can also visit our friends on the Blogroll to find professional covers for download. But remember, these blogs share music with the intent to promote the original artist, so please consider purchasing the music if you really like it!

Here are some resources where you can find covers. Be sure to check out these great blogs and websites!

Cover Lay Down: a blog that features “folk covers of familiar songs” and “reimagined versions of folk songs. Because in the folk tradition, music belongs to the community.”

Cover Freak: “Songs that don’t sound like you remember.”

Cover Me: “Songs done different.”

Coverville: A tri-weekly podcast that’s all about covers.

HypeMachine: Search for a song or artist, and you’re bound to come up with a few covers or remixes.

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2 responses to “What is TheCoverStory?

  1. This is the first day I’ve come across these and I’ve been digging through these cover blogs. I may be interested in participating, contributing or downloading, but I wanted to find out more on the liability/licensing side of this. If this is just sharing of artists’ performances of their covers without any compensation taking place is this ok? Do they or do I need to cover the licensing to the writer or publisher of the original?

    Thanks for the input,
    John

  2. Thanks for your question, John.

    Just a note, I haven’t updated this blog in almost two years, so I’m a bit out of the loop these days.

    I can’t give any certain answers to your questions, because I don’t know them. All I can tell you is that the amateurs featured on this blog do not receive any financial compensation from the blog. The writers simply embed the videos that other people have made publicly available for sharing.

    When our writers embed, they only link to third-party websites where that information is available to the public. Users who upload copyrighted material to these third-party websites are responsible for complying with copyright law.

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