For the 2003 Blogathon, Scott Andrew and Shannon Campbell, who have never met in person, spent 24 hours writing and recording songs together. It's a great idea, with great results. (Not least: Over a thousand dollars for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.)
Around the time they were laying down the last tracks for "Southdown", it occurred to me that (a) I really liked it, (b) the Creative Commons license was designed to encourage reuse, and (c) if I started then, I could have a cover version of the song together by the time they finished the blogathon the next morning.
(Well, I ended up doing most of it the next day. I'm lazy.)
I wanted my version to be complementary to Scott and Shannon's, so I followed two self-imposed rules:
So where their version is completely acoustic--guitars, voice, and harmonica--mine is all synthesizers except for an electric guitar played with an odd technique. This is not my usual style, which made the whole process experimental and fun.
So anyway: Here's my version of "Southdown".
|Sounds by Erik Ostrom.|
|Song by Scott Andrew and Shannon Campbell.|
This song is available under a Creative Commons License.
(Note: This is a different license from my usual.)
|Go read the blog and listen to the original.|