Today would have been the 50th birthday of my favourite singer. Shannon Hoon. I put together this cover/tribute over the last week to pay my respect to Shannon and Blind Melon; a band that has been super influential to me growing as a musician.
This song means the world to me. You hear people talking about not changing who you are, be yourself...yada, yada. When life is hard...you have to CHANGE. Change is inevitable. Change yourself to be a better version of who you once were. You don't like how things are going in your life...change it. Be your own best friend rather than your worst enemy.
"Change" is my all-time favourite song and It took me a while to finally be able to sing this second verse. I only really began to get it a few years ago. When I was 18 or 19 I sent an email to Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon about the audition they were having for the new singer of the band. I had sent him off a really rough demo of the first song I had written completely on my own titled, "Hit The Wall." He emailed back saying that he liked my voice and was interested in hearing a cover of, "Change." At that time I couldn't hit the second verse and didn't ever send him a version of it. Hopefully this video makes it to the Melon crew someday.
All the instruments and mixing were done by myself using garage band on my MacBook. I never wanted to go with anything too fancy. It was a project I wanted to tackle mostly on my own (I had the help of my girlfriend for video intent.) Everything visually was shot with an iPhone.
Happy 50th birthday, Shannon Hoon.