I recently listened to some contemporary renditions of a few classic jazz standards.
Among the standouts, were a performance of Nature Boy by Kurt Elling and a version of Mona Lisa by Greg Porter.
As a jazz music lover, I didn’t need to hear those two singers in order to know about the aforementioned songs.
I’ve heard Nature Boy and Mona Lisa dozens of times.
Yet, there was something about the mood and energy those two singers brought to the songs that made me feel the truth and beauty of music in an entirely different way.
The same lyrics are sang in all performances, but it’s a very unique experience each time.
Here’s today’s two cents:
Dare to say what has already been said.
The old and obvious truths are often the likeliest candidates to be forgotten.
Moreover, personal transformation and societal revolution is not the by-product of our having heard it before, but rather the outworking of hearing it in a way that resonates.
Never underestimate the power of your voice.
There are many that have heard, but some of them will never understand and remember until they hear it from you.
At least that’s the way I see it.
P.S. You don’t need to be better than the original guys. You just need to be authentically you. Besides, you probably wont be very good at creating anything if your primary drive is to be better than someone else.