Writing/Essay/Journal
The New Standards play existing songs that they are passionate about and feel they can bring new emotion to. Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Do you ever imitate anyone else in speech, dress, or habit? Why do you want to imitate them? How does it feel when someone imitates you? What role does simplicity play in each of the forms of art? What do you think would be most challenging about this form of art?

Activity
Start with an existing piece of music or art and create your own “cover” version. How do your unique elements add to or change the feel of the piece.