With nine albums over their rock music career, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is the only Guns N’ Roses song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It happened in 1988.
Many bands and musicians have tried, and many failed, to produce epic covers of the song.
My favorite is from the Postmodern Jukebox, a group of rotating musicians performing classic songs with different genres. I’ve seen PMJ in concert twice. That’s a testament to their wow factor.
In 2014, jazz singer Miche Braden joined PMJ and sang her version of the GNR classic.
In the above scenario, PMJ found an original song, maintained the lyrics, changed the arrangement and harmony, and used different people than GNR. It sounds like a lot of work, and it probably was, but they didn’t write the song.
As I watch U.S. states struggle with high coronavirus cases amid citizenry not wearing masks and not maintaining distance, I look to other states with very low transmission. Surely this is an example, similar to PMJ, for a high-risk state to adapt a low-risk state’s policies for its own purpose.
This concept of adapting and adjusting, without recreating, can be replicated anywhere in life.