Students blend songs for originality
I-Cover, a BYU-Idaho show featuring cover performances of popular songs, came back for another round Nov. 9. Todd Taylor, a senior studying biology, was in charge of I-Cover this semester.
He said preparations had been underway since the beginning of the semester, and that this semester they were going for a folksy theme.
Twelve bands performed at this year’s show. Three bands did medleys or mash-ups of different songs.
Mackenzie Wright, a freshman studying vocal performance, was part of the band Lobos. The band mashed up two songs: “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” by John Mayer.
“One of our FHE sisters really loves the song ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.’ ‘Say It Ain’t So’ just fit perfectly. The Wolf Shirts were our favorite,” Wright said.
John Biddle, a sophomore studying accounting, was a member of Perfection Theory. They mashed up five songs, including “Shadow of the Day” by Linkin Park and “Smile Like You Mean It” by The Killers.
“We just realized that all those melodies meshed in with those four chords. We just thought, ‘Why not do a mash up?’” Biddle said.
Grant Stoker, a junior studying business management, was the lead singer for The Perfection Theory.
“Once I had the list of songs with the same chord progression, it took 10 minutes. It just flowed,” Stoker said.
Joey Lindsay, another member of Perfection Theory and a senior studying communication, said he enjoyed performing in the show.
“I just love performing in front of people. There’s a certain energy to it. It gets me pumped up. It’s cool to see people react to the music you play,” Lindsay said.
Evan Nay, a senior studying exercise science, performed in the band Pale Blue Dot. It chose to perform “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift.
“We thought it would get a good reception. Everybody knows that song and we wanted it to be something that we could nail, because I think something easy done well is better than something hard not done as well,” Nay said.
Brittany Hurlbut, a senior studying elementary education, was a member of the band Thank You, Pedestrian. She enjoyed dancing and working the crowd, even while pregnant. They performed “Lisztomania” by Phoenix. Hurlbut said she wasn’t as worried about nailing it as she was about having a good time.
“We wanted one that was really upbeat and fun to dance to. I really like working the pregnant belly. The energy here, you feel it from everybody,” Hurlbut said.
Many students said they had a good time listening to renditions of many student’s favorite songs.
“It’s just talent. Kids come out and have talent,” said Chris Davis, a junior studying business management.
Some students enjoyed the variety of instruments present in some of the performances, including The Locals’ rendition of “Lovers’ Eyes” by Mumford & Sons.
“They were all great singers. They had so many different instruments. It was amazing,” said David Bohn, a sophomore studying electrical engineering.
Many students were able to enjoy the music performed.
“It’s the best I-Cover I’ve been to yet,” said Kristi Shaffer, a sophomore studying math.