The Beat asked Rodney Crowell (read our print interview here, whos written hundreds of songs that have been performed by himself and numerous other artists, about the difference he feels between songs he records himself and songs covered by others. I look at it this way. When I record one of my songs, its my opportunity to make what I created definitive. Sometimes Im successful, sometimes I miss but Ive got a decent track record, I think. I learned early on, if someone wants to record one of my songs, Im grateful for it its a blessing to me and my family. I might have an opinion on how its done, but its not my business. I just say thank you for recording my song. If I think I know how it should go, Ill do it myself. Ive had some butchered, and Ive had some done so much better than I could have. Asked to elaborate on that last thought, Crowell, as you might expect, pointed to what he felt were standout versions of his songs by others and lesser version he did himself. He offered no perjorative statements on poor cover versions. Bob Segers Shame On the Moon exceeded 10-fold what I could have done. More recently, Norah Jones version of Bull Rider reintroduced me to my own song. I forgot how it went, and now I want to learn it. Crowell cast a critical eye on his own versions of Now That Were Alone and Just Say Yes. Its a pretty good song and I overdid it, he said of the latter. Ive got no right to condemn poor cover renditions.