musical influences

Because my answers were more "off the cuff" than usual, they were less guarded, less polished, more pointed, than if I had shaped them into an article. Having just re-read them, I find them to be more fun to read, too.
In most forms of art, the idea of copying implies a forgery and a criminal act. But the case is different with pop music, where a cover song is viewed as an homage to one's influences.