Review Of ' The Defense Of Cover Songs '

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Don Cusic argues in his article, “In Defense of Cover Songs,” that cover artists should be awarded the same legitimacy as songwriters, while critics believe otherwise, saying that singers should write their own music. Cusic believes that being a cover artist does not take away any credibility from he or she as an artist. Cover songs have existed for just as long as original music and they prove to be an outlet for singers who are not able to write their own songs. Even great music legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Elvis Presley have created cover songs. Cover songs are so relevant because they are still currently taking place in the time that is lived in today. This article is able to shed light on this topic. Cusic is pioneer in Music…show more content…
Cusic then lets the reader know that cover songs are able to be hits in several genres at once, even though they are not performed by the same artist. Then, Cusic asserts that a cover song is a history lesson for a new audience that has never heard the original song. These new songs and hits are able to generate new revenue from their sales and they also generate a new market for cover artists. Cover songs are also beneficial because listeners enjoy hearing a new artist perform familiar music to get them acquainted with that artist. Cusic also goes on to explain how buyers may feel cheated when they buy an entire album, buy they only enjoy the hit single. He then states that just because an artist has added is or her own written songs on an album, it does not mean that those songs will be his or her strongest. Cusic now informs the reader that there have been songwriters who write songs specifically for other artists to sing. There have even been artists who have accepted their talents as a singer and not a songwriter, not feeling the need to be a co-writer on their albums. He then moves on to say that if an artist is caught in a time warp, he or she should find great recordings to cover. Doing so does not make he or she any less of an artist. Little Richard was not given the recognition that he deserved due to the segregation of the times. Instead, singers who covered his songs received the credit. Singers have
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