Sunday, July 7, 2013

Finding the Perfect (Song) Covers for Your YA Novel

In my last few posts for this Musical Notes & Lyrical Lines series, I talked about Building the Soundtrack to Your Story by searching for themes and Harnessing your Inner Teenager by listening to music that, well, makes you feel like a teenager.

This post is kind of going to be a mix of those two original topics but in a fresh and different way. I'm always very interested in any ways that I can find new music or see a unique twist on past music.

So for this first part, let's go over the "teen like" musicians. I say "teen-like" because I really don't know exactly how old they are but their videos and style match what I consider to be reminiscent of being a teenager, so I'm going to go with that. There seems to be a steady group of these YouTube musicians who are very talented and do a lot of covers. I think covers are a GREAT way to learn about a new musician because you already usually know the song so you are able to sing along, but then you get a chance to discover someone new and see their fresh spin on it. A lot of these artists also do their own originals. Most of their music videos have a very "teen vibe" and it really brings me back to those kind of feelings and activities shown in the video to get me in my teen voice mood.

Some of these artists include:

Chester See
Tyler Ward
Tiffany Alvord 
Dan Henig

Then there are groups that do covers either just using their voices or also including instruments. Some of these groups/bands that I listen to regularly are:

Boyce Avenue
Walk Off the Earth

Even though they do mainly covers, these people are putting a LOT of effort into making them unique and fresh. I love when an old song I enjoyed gets a new spin to it and brings it back to life for me. The same can be said for the musical selections you like to listen to when getting in the mood for your book. Maybe a certain song came out as a dance/club song and that just doesn't fit your sorrowful/heartfelt mood. But maybe the words DO fit and you find a cover that does the song in acoustic. If you have never experienced it, you will be blown away how different a song can sound as acoustic ...or even just with another type of voice (male or female, deeper or more soulful).

Without further ado, check out some of my favorites!

Taylor Swift - Trouble Cover (Chester See, Tyler Ward, Lindsey Stirling)

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive Cover (Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling)

Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child Cover (Dan Henig)

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Wanna Have Fun Cover (Greg Laswell) &
So next time you hear a song and just wish it had a different twist to it, check out the wonderful wide world of YouTube for a cover. There are TONS of people out there making quality covers, and who knows, you might just find your next favorite artist!

What about you guys? Do you have any "cover masters" you go to in order to get the right mood or feel for your story?

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