In covering a song, the goal is to try to make it his own, according to Noel Cabangon.
And while other artists---in an attempt to put their own flavor to already popular hits---end up changing or adding too much embellishments to the material, Noel prefers to keep things simple.
"My rule is to veer away from the original. I have to be creative in coming up with ways to render a song differently---the song has to sound new once the public hears it. Sometimes, I change the time signature or tempo," the seasoned singer-songwriter said in a recent interview.
"Still, I prefer simple or minimal arrangements," he added. "And I make my them as heartfelt as possible."
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