Just because it’s already been done doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t do it. And maybe you could even do it better. “It” isn’t the same thing for everybody. But “it”, for me, is music. So, I love to hear stories about people who took a song and made it their own.
This hit song, from 1956, had already been done.
And imagine you wanna record a song because you like it. But other acts, much more famous, have already recorded their versions. What do you do? You turn that song on its ear and make it your own.
These names are from way back in the first half of the twentieth century. So you might never have heard of ’em if you’re young and/or uniformed. But picture Louis Armstrong, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey, and Gene Autry singing that song you like.
Most people would just say something like, “It’s not in the cards for me.”
But not the Fat Man.
Nope. Antoine Domino Jr. (aka Fats Domino) sat down at his piano and came up with his own rendition of “Blueberry Hill.” And it went to number 2 on the Billboard Juke Box chart for two weeks. AND it was number 1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks.
From 1956 into 1957, the song sold more than 5 million copies around the world.
And it was later recorded by Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and even Led Zeppelin. But it was the version by Fats Domino that Rolling Stone Magazine ranked No.82 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Not bad for a shy, fat guy from humble beginnings in New Orleans, Louisiana.
So, when you look at something you’d love to do that’s already been done, don’t think of it as out of your reach. Because you might be just the right person to take it to a whole new level.
And, if you’re a Christian, remember what you CAN do.
Keep in mind, not everything depends on you.
You can still give it a go and have a whole lotta fun
‘Cause everything under the sun has already been done.
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