“Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me”
- ABBA, “Thank You For The Music,” 1977
Covers is a collection of unwarranted and undesired collaborations with musicians. Though much of my practice involves my working with other people to develop something together, through Covers I am forcing myself into an involuntary relationship with musicians by performing (and providing an alteration to) their music. Each individual cover selects fragments of the song’s lyrics to act as the conceptual structure of the work, as well as its title.