After a week's hiatus, we are back with Episode Three of Completely Covered, and we have Bonne Finken to thank for it.
Finken has made a name for herself through her incredible talent and unflinching, hardline commitment to her ultimate vision for her own sound. Several times throughout the years, Finken has been a heartbeat away from breakthrough stardom, only to pass it up rather than compromise the ideals she has set for herself and her music. Everything she has done--from writing, to hiring producers to deciding which musicians to work with--has been her decision and hers alone. And, if the college station radio play for her album "Fairytales/Love Affairs" is anything to go by, those decisions have served her well.
Finken took some time out of a summer that included gigs at the Iowa State Fair and opening for Joan Jett in Omaha to record a song for us. She took a few more minutes last week to tell us about the experience.
Band Bombshell: Had you heard the song before you took on the project?
Finken: I didn't. I wasn't familiar with the song, and I tried to keep it that way. I focused on the lryics. I never even listen to it all the way through. I listened to the first 20 seconds, and decided I was going to ignore it.
So where did your cover come from then?
It was a dark story for whatever reason that came to my brain. I could hear it pretty easily in my head. I spent about a half hour on the first time, then I immedaitely came up with the water theme. I came up with this story of a girl who had been left out to sea—figuratively and literally—by her boyfriend.
The sound is kind of a departure from your usual stuff. It's not what I was expecting to hear.
It might be a departure, because I did everything. A lot of the times things that I do will get changed or altered just by having other musicians involved. But this is all Bonne.
You had a lot going on this summer, all right about the time that we first gave you the song.
Yeah. I had to put it away quite a while, because the summer got busy.
With everything going on, was it hard to focus on the song?
No! I wish every song came that quickly. It was really fun, to just get handed a concept.
You mentioned having to put it away for a while and come back to it when things slowed down. Did you still like what you'd started, or did you retool?
I still liked it. When I was first doing it, I knew that it was going to be dark. I was trying to just build a song and use some of the pieces from the original. In fact, I'd say the time away helped make up my mind. When I first put the idea together, I was kind of like “i don't know...” But when I came back, I actually liked it even more.
Do you think you'll play it live at some point?
I think I will.
Do you think it will it fit with your live show?
I think it will. I always have something up my sleeve. There is so much that goes into creating a new show, so my live shows are usually a year or two behind my brain. This was able to be a little purer, since it was just me. I didn't have to wait for someone to practice it, and I didn't have to wait for 10 other songs. It's a more immediate snapshot of my head. That was a fun feeling.