One of my frustrations with performing is my seeming lack of the skill to make a song my own, whether a cover or original. I start out in the character of the song’s narrator, but break character and lose my audience along the way. I just can’t maintain the attitude all the way through. It doesn’t matter whether the song is supposed to be clever, passionate, macho, or ironic. The greatest singers and pickers seem absolutely sincere 100% of the time. How do they do it? How do you do it?