Steven Hayward Ph.D.

Host, Critical Karaoke and A Day in the Life

Associate Professor, Colorado College

I’m the fiction writer in the department, and teach most of the prose fiction workshops. My grad work was in Renaissance Drama, so I love teaching that as well. I’m Canadian, so you’ll often find me teaching something connected to my home and native land. I’ve published two novels, Don’t Be Afraid (2011) andThe Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke, as well as a collection of short stories. When not in the classroom I’m mountain biking (Colorado Springs has some seriously incredible trails), or skiing, or playing the guitar, or playing squash with my friend and English Department colleague George Butte (who is always able to beat me).

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On this episode of Critical Karaoke we are talking about “cover songs.”  Songs that were written and recorded by one artist, but go on to be re-recorded and re-performed by many other artists in many other genres—it is kind of like karaoke of existing songs, but it is critical?  Join us as we discuss covers of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet; "King Porter Stomp," first composed and performed by Jelly Roll Morton; and “The World Turned Upside Down” by Leon Rosselson.  All than and more, including a special "cover band" name pop quiz.