I sometimes get the urge to write songs and so I jot down some words and improvise on guitar to see where it goes. Sometimes I get a groove that works and sometimes I don’t. Often times I forget the write the music and set it aside and then forget how I exactly played it. Lesson learned –always write the music when you do this.
I don’t have a lot of originals but then writing a good song is a lot harder then one might think –at least in my opinion. I guess we have to hurt or be fired up about something really bad to get the words and sometimes the words just want to evade us.
I’ve written a song in an hour with music and it’s also taken me a few days to get a song written and to music. Some here have the music and other’s don’t because I never wrote it down.
As for cover songs I like –it runs the gamut. I tend to put my own face on many cover songs because that is the only way I can play them well which is admittedly not kosher with some folks. But for me being, an artist rather than a copyist is just what the difference is between and artist and everyone else. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but that is the joy of music and how to learn it best in my opinion.
You do what you do best. That is what I respect whether it is a good cover artists or someone like myself that adapts a song to my style and way of understanding it. Some are good at both and others at one or the other.