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Ben Folds and You Tube Covers (some good news)

Alan Hargreaves
Senior Principal Technical Support Engineer

I was watching Sky News Australia a few minutes ago and they ran an interesting story.

It seems that Ben Folds tried searching for his name on You Tube. Instead finding recordings of his, he found lots of fans doing acapella covers of his work.

Now many artists would consider asserting their songwriter copyright on that material. Not Ben. He decided to make an album with the best of these people. Here's a link to the story carried last month in the Daily Princetonian.

I did find one part amusing, ...


The Nassoons caught Folds’ attention with their version of his song “Time” from his 2005 album “Songs for Silverman.” The group’s version of the tune was arranged by Nassoons music director Jonathan Schwartz ’10.

Moonlighighting Jonathan? ;-)

On a more serious note, I think it's wonderful to see artists/songwriters encouraging this kind of thing.

There's more on the project at his web site.

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