So I've been doing my own arrangements on songs for a long while, which is all well and good. I like doing it. However, I have recently come to realize that while that opened a lot of doors for me initially and that it was a good idea when I started, I am now using it as a crutch that is keeping me from pushing to improve. So now I'm stepping up to take some of the songs I already do and make them more "covery". I still obviously can't make my guitar be a mandolin, banjo, two guitars, bass, horn section, harmonica, and drums, and so some arrangement is still necessary. But still. There it is. Trying to work in those signature riffs and melodies. Wish me luck.
I'm starting easy with "Jolly Mon" by Jimmy Buffett and improving upon "Distantly In Love" by Jimmy Buffett and Steve Goodman.