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Round 6

February 13, 2012

1)The Sea The Sea (New Haven, CT) covers AJ Roach (New York, NY)

Song Title: Grandaddy

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2) Rick Gottlieb (Hopkinton, MA) covers Tom Smith (Boston, MA)

Song Title: To a Songwriter

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3) Alastair Lawson (Berkshire, UK) covers Ethan Hipple (Tuftonboro, NH)

Song Title: Yolo

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Round 5

January 31, 2012

1) Travis Cyr (Van Buren, ME) covers Wes Hartley (Portland, OR)

Song: Acreless

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2) Greg Klyma (Cheektowaga, NY) covers James Houlahan (Somerville, MA)

Song: Atlantic Street

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3) Fraz Milne (Toronto, On. Canada) covers Noah Zacharin (Toronto, On. Canada)

Song: Angel

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4) Beth DeSombre (Boston area, MA) covers Susan Levine (Boston area, MA)

Song: Michael

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January 16, 2012

1) Randall Williams (Bath, Maine) covers Emily Kurn (Anchorage, Alaska)

Song Title: “I’m Just Like You”
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2)Fred Gillen Jr. (Peekskill, NY) covers Abbie Gardner (Hoboken, NJ)

Song Title: “I’d Rather Be”
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3)Putnam Smith (Portland, ME) covers Nate Spencer (Ashville, NC)

Song Title: “I Hear Bells Tonight”

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4) Connor Garvey (Portland, ME) covers Putnam Smith (Portland, ME)

Song Title: “Arkansas”

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5) Fred Gillen Jr (Peekskill, NY) covers Rich Deans (East Orange, NJ)

Song Title: “You Can Count On Me”
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Also see Hope Machine cover Rich’s Song

January 16th…next round!

January 10, 2012

Hey Songwriters…it is time to get those sweet videos in and be a part of the Round 4 which will be posted on the 16th. Be the first wave of people to use the submit section of the web page!!!!

Round 3

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year! What better way to bring in the New Year but to celebrate with some great songwriters singing other fantastic songwriters’ songs! In an effort to counter the mass of weight put on during the holidays this round (the third) is a bit thinner than the last two…but no less grand! As always enjoy the tunes, learn about new songwriters, and gear up for the next round in two weeks January 17th!

1) Sharon Goldman (New Jersey) covers Girlyman (Atlanta, GA)

Song- “The Shape I Found You In”
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2) David Wilkenfeld (Montreal, Qc, Canada) covers Noah Zacharin (Toronto, Canada)
Song- “All Go Blind”
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3) John Malloy (Westbrook, ME) covers Craig Werth (Newmarket, NH)
Song- “There’s a Hole in My Bucket, Christine”
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4) SLP sarah louise pieplow (Fort Collins, CO) covers Alexis Pastuhov (Fort Collins, CO)
Song- “Someone Somewhere”
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Upcoming Rounds…submissions are encouraged!

December 29, 2011

Hey all! Hope the holiday season is fantastic and the upcoming new year is full of wonderful things. One wonderful thing you can count on is many more rounds of Cover Your Friends. The next few installments should be posted on January 2nd, January 16, and January 30th. SONGWRITERS: Get your video camera going and don’t stop! LISTENERS: Just keep doing that awesome thing you do!


December 19, 2011
Have you ever heard…
Have you ever heard a dolphin sing the song of a whale or the sea urchin hum the tune of a clam?
Have you ever heard a chipmunk reproduce the heavenly chatter of a raccoon or watch a Panda as he raises tribute to the Bard Owl?
Have you walked through a city and heard the homely pigeon come to life through the swooner song of the peacock?
Few of us will ever be so lucky as to hear these natural delights. Yet, in this season of sharing, let us still enjoy the gift of song and dedication to community as we listen to the sound of songwriters covering other songwriters! This round of cover your friends has 10 outstanding videos with one shared goal- to sing the songs of those they enjoy!
P.S. like us on Facebook so you can stay in the loop as this gains more and more momentum! 
1) Carrie Elkin (Austin, TX) covers Robby Hecht (Nashville, TN)
Song: Along the Way
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   *This was recorded while in BELIZE (which is why I’m in a bathing suit on the beach).  There’s a sweet special guest at the end of the video.
2) Jaime Michaels (Santa Fe, NM) covers Jeff Talmadge (Roswell, GA)
Song – “Wild and Precious Thing”
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3) Jenee Halstead (Boston, MA) covers Olinde (Boston, MA)

Song- “Tower on Fire”
4) Olinde (Boston, MA) covers Jenee Halstead (Boston, MA)

Song- “Heart Song”
5) Heather Styka (Chicago, IL) Covers Sue Fink (Chicago, IL)
Song- “Fine Line”
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6) Norman Salant (New York City) covers Jack Hardy (New York City)

 Song- Ponderosa
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7) Jas Ingram Captain Lovehandles (Georgia) covers Theresa Arnold agrlfmtx (Texas)
Song- Leg Meat Chili
8 ) Ethan Scott Baird Pesky J Nixon (Boston, MA) covers Anthony da Costa (NYC) 
Song- Let Me Die in Your Arms
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9) Connor Garvey (Portland, ME) covers Raina Rose (Austin, TX)
Song- Blue Bonnets
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10) Jim Larkin (Lynn, MA) covers Tim Gearan (Somerville, MA)
Song-The Last Time I Saw Her
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December 6, 2011

The First Wave – The Launch of Cover Your Friends!!!!!!!

Well, here they are. The first wave of amazing videos coming in for “Cover Your Friends!”  Watch, share, check out new artists, and get inspired to keep covering your friends!

1) Nels Andrews (NYC)  covering Carrie Elkin (Austin,TX)

Song: “Landeth by Sea” from her album ‘Call it my Garden’

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2) John Malloy (Portland, ME) covers Ben Foster  (South Berwick, ME)

Song: “Smile”

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3) Anna Vogelzang (NYC) covers Anthony da Costa (NYC)

Song: “Love is Impossible”

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4) Justin Roth (Fort Collins, CO) covers Amy Speace (Nashville, TN)

Song: “Real Love Song”

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5) Heather Aubrey Lloyd- of ilyAIMY (Baltimore, MD) covers We’re About 9* & Barnaby Bright** (Brooklyn, NY)

Song: “Writing Gravity”(a mash up of Writing Again* and Gravity**)

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6) Aaron Lee (Delft, Netherlands) covers Jeff Mitchell (Milwaukee, WI)

Song: “Let’s Leave Her Here”

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7) Connor Garvey (Portland, ME) covers RJ Cowdery (Columbus, OH)

Song: “I’ll Keep Trying”

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8) Ryan Fitzsimmons (Amesbury, MA) covers Greg Klyma (Buffalo, NY)

Song: “Helen Rose”

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It all begins December 5th

November 21, 2011

Hey Singer-Songwriters!

Chances are if you’re reading this you play songs. Chances are you also have some wonderfully talented friends who play songs too. Chances are you play a few of their songs OR want to push yourself to learn some of their songs. This blog is set up with the intention of providing an opportunity to cover your friends songs. I know this is not an original or ground breaking idea I just think there can never be too much of this type of stuff happening so if you’d like to be a part of it THAT WOULD BE GREAT and I have enough motivation to get the ball rolling! Here’s how I think it should work:

1) Learn a friends song: A friend can be as liberal or as strict as you would like it to be. I’d say the intent is for you to cover a song of someone you are already enjoying spending time with and want other people to hear their song but if you want to use this as an icebreaker…who am I to say that’s wrong. Also your choice on whether you want it to be a surprise or if you ask them for guidance…

2) Record a video of you playing that song: this can be either in your house, on the stage, or anywhere else you choose…but lets do videos, they are much more fun to watch!

3) Send your video (youtube or vimeo link) to me and I upload it to the blog and to the youtube channel:

4) Send websites for you and who you are covering as well as where y’all are musically based!

5) Share: Subtle last step but very important…share it with other people out there so that it opens their eyes to the other great tunes out there!

I intend to develop a pattern or day that new videos are uploaded but I just figured I’d choose a date randomly to start. It would be awesome if we could get somewhere in the range of 10-20 for the launch so that it starts with some gusto…WHO’S IN?!!!?

Fine Print: Ok…here is the fine print. I have done zero investigation into any copyright laws surrounding this and would ask you to do your own homework before submitting any video that might be an issue. As there is no money going around here and it is intended to garner more exposure and excitement about other people in the scene I hope there isn’t any issue but please accept this responsibility on your own submission…if there is any to be owned.