“Cover Me” Sundays – “Rhythm Changes”

Numerous songs have been written to the chord changes of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”. By utilizing a technique known as contrafact, musicians would compose entirely new melodies over top of Gershwin’s change and have the ability to claim a new copyright for themselves (fortunately you cannot copyright chord changes). Here are a few examples of songs that employ “Rhythm Changes.

And even this gem…

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.