Over the next 7 weeks, I’m releasing a new EP of cover songs I recorded myself called Cover The Cost. The EP is a collection of 7 classic tunes that I’ve put my own spin on, one from each decade (50s, 60s, 70s… all the way to 2010s) beginning with the 1950s.
Beginning Friday April 1st, I’ll be posting one song a week (and some music videos) for you to enjoy for free on my website. If you enjoy the songs from Cover The Cost, I’m inviting you to make small donation to help with the final expenses of producing and distributing my full-length studio album, which I've been working on for the past year.
When you listen to Cover The Cost I literally mean I MADE IT. I played every instrument you hear and sang every note - one reason I could make it free!
However with my studio album - as many of you know - hiring musicians and renting facilities can be expensive and so if you listen or download Cover The Cost please consider donating towards helping finish the full-length studio record.
Stay tuned! Over the next 7 weeks, you’ll find a new song every Friday here at keetoncoffman.com and sometimes a video to accompany the tune.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. Sign up to receive the songs delivered to your inbox each Friday and please drop a $20 “in the jar” at www.keetoncoffman.com.
Enjoy the music, and thanks for helping me Cover The Cost!
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STYLE / TAYLOR SWIFT / 2014
I’m closing out Cover The Cost with Style by Taylor Swift… it’s my favorite from the EP. I hope you like it, too.
I’ll be taking a break from posting for a few weeks to complete my full length album - many of you have donated through Cover The Cost to help me do so… THANK YOU!
REHAB / AMY WINEHOUSE / 2006
My friend Craig (who also happens to be my drummer by the way) had the idea for this video. It’s his house, and he set it up so we could capture the entire performance in one take. Craig shot the video for me one afternoon in a few hours - simple as that. I tried to pay him, but he refused - so we settled for lunch on me at Texas Roadhouse.
He’s the coolest, and you should come see him play drums at one of our upcoming shows. I love my new band.
Anyway… see if you can find the two pictures of Amy Winehouse we hid in the house. I miss her music.
Enjoy friends. Hope you’ve had fun with Cover The Cost so far - just one more song next week! Please consider donating to help me finish the full length studio album I’ve been working on this year.
BETTER MAN / PEARL JAM / 1994
Beauty is not void of struggle.
Is it possible to feel both the beauty of God’s plan for us, and the effects of our broken choices, all at once? I feel the tension of these two realities each morning when I wake up. We sense the warmth of God’s light, but only through the gaps in the woven branches above us. We breath deep His Love, and still, we strain under the weight of our limitations. The sunlight hits our face, and we experience the rich warmth in which we were intended to live.
But for now, we struggle.
I Corinthians 13:12
WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME / U2 / 1987
I’d like to begin my explanation of why I love this song with a bit of a weighty idea. Please stick with me here.
God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11
Set eternity in the human heart…
Art is my proof that my soul is real. Proof that what I feel and love and hope and wish to see and experience is actually meant to reach out further than these few years I walk this earth. So often, it takes music to remind me of this. To pull me out of my racing rhythm and hell bent focus and clouded thinking to breathe…. and to lift my eyes and imagine for a brief moment that perhaps it’s not just a feeling. Where The Streets Have No Name, then and now, helps me realize He has set eternity in my heart. Not simply a pulse… but Love itself.
Have you felt it, too?
FIRE AND RAIN / JAMES TAYLOR / 1970
Fire and Rain found me my freshman year of college. The song and I had met countless other times - my parents listened to James Taylor of course, and I dug classic rock radio too. But I think I just had some more time to sit with songs in college. And it was there that Fire and Rain told me I was gonna be a songwriter. It told me who I was in a lot of ways actually. It introduced me to that space you live in where in one hand you hold hope and in the other you hold hurt - and you hold on the best you can.
GET READY / THE TEMPTATIONS / 1966
Some songs just sound perfect. That’s the essence of Motown for me. It sounds perfect. Don’t change a thing…Please! But by today’s recording standards this song is far from “perfect.” Noisy rooms, out of tune instruments, guys crowding around a mic because they couldn’t afford any more space on the board. I don’t care. I love it. And Get Ready comes in at the top of that list. Motown keeps teaching me that perfect ain’t what I always think it should be. Sometimes it’s just right where you are, heart and soul, all you got to give.
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES / JOHNNY CASH / 1957
I find myself in this song every time I sing it. I think Johnny Cash let his audience see a side of him most singers weren't comfortable with. We'd probably call it a "Dark" side, but he'd just call it being honest. I love the music he put out at the end of his life as much as this song too. His covers of Hurt (Nine Inch Nails) and Rusty Cage (Soundgarden) cut me straight through. I'll sing this song for as long as I live.