The Beat asked Rodney Crowell (read our print interview here, who’s 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, it’s my opportunity to make what I created definitive. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I miss – but I’ve got a decent track record, I think.” “I learned early on, if someone wants to record one of my songs, I’m grateful for it – it’s a blessing to me and my family. I might have an opinion on how it’s done, but it’s not my business. I just say ‘thank you for recording my song.’ If I think I know how it should go, I’ll do it myself.” “I’ve had some butchered, and I’ve 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 Seger’s 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 We’re Alone and Just Say Yes. “It’s a pretty good song and I overdid it,” he said of the latter. “I’ve got no right to condemn” poor cover renditions.