I don’t like New Years’ resolutions for a very good reason: all too often they are “made to be broken,” so to speak. And with a baby on the way, I know I don’t have the luxury of making goals that are outrageous (performing in ten different establishments every weekend) or aren’t going to be feasible to keep, long term (like writing the next Great American Novel while simultaneously recording three more CDs, all while juggling the Day Job and Infant Wrangling).
That said, I do like to make
resolutions goals regarding career-oriented topics, like finishing up long-overdue poems and stories, writing songs, or just practicing more.
This last summer I saw several musicians doing cover song challenges, basically, setting a goal to learn songs by other artists and post YouTube videos of the results. I am interested in such things, because I love learning cool songs by other people, and I have a YouTube channel…
The things I’m not so sure about are:
-Aren’t cover song videos overdone?
-Aren’t they kind of illegal if you have your own work that you’re promoting?
-And, does anyone watch them? (I.e. are they a waste of time?)
Thoughts, anyone? I would be more than willing to do a “cover-song-a-month” challenge if I thought I could get away with it.
[edit, 1/4/2013] I knew it. YES, cover songs posted or performed publicly are illegal. Blatantly so if you don’t fork out the $$ for licenses.
Guess I’ll have to come up with some other YouTube/music related challenge for my goal this year. Maybe one new, original song a month? That would at least get me playing/writing a little more than I am currently…