Here's is a two part video of my band performing a medley that includes 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago, Brainstew by Green Day, Babe I'm gonna Leave you by Led Zepplin and an Original tune called Island Jam. Its one of my favorite tunes to play.
Glad I looked back at this thread. You guys are indeed a talented group and play a good variety of tunes!
I must ask,... which one of the band members are you?
I've always loved playing the guitar and it's my opinion that practicing every day for 100 years will only make you very good at copying other people's art unless you're an artist and then it doesn't take time it just happens. It's like these videos and the argument itself. Exact duplication is not the same as art. it may take more talent or even the same skill, but it's not art. It's a song that any normal person can copy if they set their mind to it.
The genius is playing it the first time.
You make a very good point here. Maybe I'm confusing 'art' with 'skill'.
I think it takes MUCH more skill to duplicate a song exactly the way it was originally recorded (especially if it includes vocals; for obvious reasons) than for an 'artist' to simply do his own thing on stage.
I never excelled at playing music because I was always concerned about perfection. When I listen to my favorite songs, I don't just hear guitar riffs, bass licks, voice inflection and drum beats. I listen to the exact moment every note is struck, how long each sound is sustained and the volume level of all these parts compared to the other.
In short, I've ruined music for myself!
So when someone recreates a song (or a part of a song) exactly the way I remember it from the original, it really impresses me.
Is it 'art'? Obviously not by the very definition.
Is it an incredible demonstration of technical and musical skill?
This is my favorite cover of Sam Cooke's Change Is Gonna Come. I think it's a great cover, since he takes a song with such meaning to the civil rights movement, and turns it into one of intense spiritual meaning. He transforms the song from one of eventual upheaval of an oppressive system to one of eventually overcoming sadness, of fighting to keep living.