Creativity isn't limited to creation.
Sometimes how you approach something changes it.
For example, in music, there are some pretty famous covers that "beat" (or revitalize) the original.
- Aretha Franklin's Respect (An Otis Redding song) is so familiar that it seems like it's the original.
- Disturbed's The Sound of Silence (A Simon&Garfunkel song) has a whopping 236 million views on YouTube.
- Johnny Cash's version of Hurt (A Nine Inch Nails song) has over 50 million views on YouTube.
If you want to stretch it … how about a death metal version of Mary Poppins?
Some bands exist primarily to do covers. Few do it like Postmodern Jukebox, which an avid following – and an abundance of talent.
Here is one of their hits, a torch song inspired version of "Creep" by Radiohead. Worth a listen.
As I was putting this together, I came across a different version of Creep played on a Gayageum (a traditional Korean instrument).
Different … but interesting.
There are many ways to approach almost everything.