One of my favorite timewasters is looking up acoustic covers of my favorite songs on YouTube to get some ideas of how other people arrange them and to play along until I get ’em down. I gotta tell you, some of the best musical talent in the country can be found on YouTube. And sometimes, that talent gets discovered and makes it big. Just look at Justin Bieber – he started off recording videos of himself playing cover songs on street corners for pocket change when a music industry insider came across his YouTube channel.
After one meeting, Justin’s mother allowed a man named “Scooter” to fly her 13 year-old son out of the country and take him to Atlanta, to hang around with thirty-something rappers and hip-hop producers. Next thing you know, Justin Bieber is an international sensation, having gone from cute, talented Canadian kid to a scrawny, tattooed wigger with a lesbian hairdo.
Sorry. That’s Miley Cyrus. This is Justin Bieber:
Anyway, I was looking at the “Suggestions” sidebar and I see this young gal, Kelly Rosenthal, has some guitar videos up of her doing famous classic rock riffs. Pretty cool – so I look at the other videos she has listed and see that she has formed a trio with a couple of other girls and covered one of my favorite songs – “Gravity” by John Mayer. Check it out:
Man, that kid can play. And her friends can sing, too. Probably what I enjoy the most about these types of videos is seeing how much folks like myself just enjoy playing music and belting it out. If you have friends you can share music with, it makes it even better.
By now, you’re probably complaining, “Where are the chicks that ROCK? The title specifically mentioned chicks who rock. And John Mayer ain’t rock.” Fair enough. I present Meytal Cohen, badass Israeli chick drummer, covering another of my favorites, “Five Minutes Alone” by Pantera:
She’s trying to crowdsource funding to produce an album, so if you’re interested in pissing away your hard-earned money so she can chase her rock-and-roll dream, you can throw her some bucks. On second thought, that seemed too cynical and harsh and belittles her talent, ambition and entrepreneurial spirit. Also, she covers “Cowboys From Hell” while wearing a bustier. NOW how much are you willing to bid, friend? Rock n’ Roll lingerie ain’t free, you know. Ask Lita Ford.
In conclusion, fuck American Idol. It’s always been a half-assed karaoke contest, and anyone with true musical talent gets the fucking hook well before the last rounds. Do your own talent search – you might be pleasantly surprised.