Tonight I put up the following away message:
We never did much talking anyway… don’t think twice, it’s all right.
There wasn’t any particular meaning in it — it’s just a song I like that mentions not talking, which seems appropriate for an “Away” message. But then someone IMed me with the following: “Ironically enough, I’m listening to Vonda Shepard right now,” which confused me a little, given that I had no idea Vonda Shepard covered that song. Ignoring the fact that she meant “coincidentally” not “ironically,” what does it say about the world when someone credits Vonda Shepard with a Bob Dylan song? (As it turns out, she had no idea that it was even a cover.) This is almost worse than those people who think that “Across the Universe” was written by Fiona Apple.
There are three B’s of classical music that every budding pianist learns about — Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms. Well, I think people ought to learn the three B’s of 20th century popular music as well — The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys. And don’t credit their songs to sub-par cover artists — at least not around me!