So, during the first recording session for the album I’ve been working on, I did a cover of Fiona Apple’s song Valentine. I was really hoping to include it in the final version of my album. I’ve loved this song ever since I first heard it in 2012 and what better way to honor a song than to have an insufficient musician like myself attempt to play it? 🙂
However, after I did some research, I realized that there’s this little thing called copyright. Based on what I’ve read, indie acts (meaning everyone who cannot afford to bring a lawyer into the mix) can include a cover in an album as long as they pay a minimal fee, give any royalties made to the original artist, and keep the melody and overall arrangement the same. I didn’t mind the fee (I think it was only $15) and definitely didn’t mind giving money to Fiona, but I did have a problem with being told to essentially copy someone else, especially an artist as powerful as Fiona Apple. I know that, had I tried to do it Fiona’s way, I would have completely failed, because no one but Fiona Apple can be Fiona Apple.
So, long story short, I decided to just post it on YouTube. I’m pretty sure I won’t get sued….hopefully.
If you’d like, you can listen to my attempt below:
I apologize in advance for the quiet audio. It was recorded using the old microphone.