I’m sorting through some old documents, and I came across an unused draft for the Epilogue of my book A Philosophy of Cover Songs.1 This draft was a bit ponderous, but I still like the last line.Continue reading “How it might have ended”
My paper “Popular music and Art-interpretive Injustice”, co-authored with Evan Malone, is now accepted and forthcoming in Inquiry.Continue reading “Art-interpretive injustice”
The heart of a lion and the wings of a bat
Continue reading “The heart of a lion and the wings of a bat”
Limozeen’s so-called cover of “We Don’t Really Even Care About You” takes disaffected, lo-fi ‘90s indie rock and belts it out in the style of an ‘80s hair metal band—as if Poison were to cover Pavement.at Aesthetics for Birds
Polite interviews King on Swift on Swift
In a recent episode of Polite Conversations, Brandon Polite interviews Alex King about the appreciation conditions for Taylor Swift’s mimic rerecordings of her earlier tracks.1 A couple of really nice points come out in the episode.Continue reading “Polite interviews King on Swift on Swift”
The cover song beat
I was invited to appear on a podcast about covers songs, and we recorded it today. It was great fun.1
I intend to post here when the episode is released, but I had similar intentions about some other things I forgot to mention when they happened.2Continue reading “The cover song beat”
A thing I’ll be doing in June
This is going to be a thing.
The Ethics of Cover Songs
Friday, June 10, 3:00-5:00 EDT via Zoom
A cover song, on a typical definition, is a recording of a song that had earlier been recorded by someone else. Philosophers of music considering cover songs have debated the adequacy of this definition, argued about the aesthetic evaluation of covers, and worried about their metaphysical status. This panel asks instead about ethical issues that arise from recorded music. Are there obligations which artists have when recording covers? If there are, do they arise from general ethical considerations or from norms within musical communities?Continue reading “A thing I’ll be doing in June”
Celebration and title ruminations
I just found out today that my book on the philosophy of cover songs has been accepted for publication! Both referees said that the manuscript could be published as is, but of course went on for pages with comments about how it might be improved.Continue reading “Celebration and title ruminations”
Season songs’ revenge
One side effect of the pandemic is that I’m out and about less, so I hear less programmed Christmas music. Here’s a flashback to pre-pandemic times, when I did a series of posts about my favorite holiday songs. I’m not sure the list would be any different this year.
I recently signed up for the free trial of Apple Music. It’s like the old days in some ways. Less so in others.
Current music: Little Simz, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Current mood: nostalgicContinue reading “🍏🎵”
Cover songs book progress
I’ve mentioned in passing a few times that I’m writing a book on the philosophy of cover songs. I now have a complete draft, which moves it to the rock tumbler stage in which I roll around the prose to remove rough edges and add polish.Continue reading “Cover songs book progress”