Cover Stories

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

The thing that clicked for me is that listening to a shitty cover doesn't diminish the original for me. I forget it pretty quickly unless it's sooo bad as to be remarkable in its own right. Even then, it becomes it's own thing.

And, just because a book is great doesn't mean the movie is going to suck. It simply means there's a super high bar to hit. But, there's no requirement to hold onto every detail of the original.

Words and images are different tools. They works in different ways. Trying to covey the same feeling in the same way in different mediums is doomed to fail. Akin to dancing about architecture.

Also, it's art. Who the hell wants to make the exact same thing again? That's for the assembly line. Not the creative.

It's the same song.

Except it's totally not.

Except for the part where it is.

I think of the first version like a book. The printed page. More subdued with a low reading light. The second version is like a movie. The mechanics of brining in The Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes having the same vibe impossible. The say way staring images is different from staring at text.

You have to do something different because you're using different tools on the same source material. So, make it your own.

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