Everyone has their thoughts and worries about the Covid-19 pandemic. Abacus Data and Music Canada surveyed Canadians to learn their worries about the music industry during the pandemic. In may of 2020 was the first survey that found that over half of Canadians are concerned about returning to live music venues and wouldn’t be comfortable until 6 months or more had passed.
Teaming up with another survey on consumer attitudes, abacus data and Music Canada launched a survey that found that people are even more anxious about live music venues despite safety measures.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been difficult to do much of anything. This includes making a living. It’s harder for those that rely on groups and in-person connection. As the pandemic continues, it shows the industries that are more vulnerable and susceptible. The Music industry is being hit hard during the pandemic.
A Consumer Reports survey, reports that 90% of respondents noted something that stressed them out over the holiday season. While it wasn’t the top complaint, Christmas music was on the list with 23% of people saying it was their chief complaint. That is after crowds and long lines (68%), gaining weight (37%), getting into debt…
Cover for the cause is a fundraising event connecting artists, fans, and communities. This event, put on by Music Heals, aims to raise funds and awareness for music therapy programs across Canada. It’s a way for artists to not only reach out to their fans but also their community as well. The premise of this event is to raise funds using pledges for various bands to perform covers. It brings publicity to the foundation, to music therapy, and to the bands. As of this posting, $6,293 has been raised so far.
In conclusion, it seemed that these specific cover versions are preferred over the originals. Yet, the reasons for this are extremely diverse. They range from an emotional response, vocal quality, to instrumental and arrangement. Thus, covers can be seen as better than the originals for a vast variety of reasons. However, this article provides the evidence of three songs and two corresponding covers. This doesn’t provide a full view of all songs or all covers. I think it does offer an interesting point that cover songs are legitimate as a musical form. It also highlights that everyone has their own subjective tastes in music.