As I was trolling through my iTunes library looking for songs to do, I ran across this great tune by Bill Fay, from a record called “Nottingham ‘62” that I have because of a CD club we used to do at work. I’m not sure who gave it to me, but it’s a terrific, infectious, and terribly obscure song. Allison backs me up on the Dah-dummms this time, which is always nice.
I’m slowly creeping out of sickness and my kids are with me this weekend, so I wanted to choose a song that they could sing along with. Emmett, Zion, Josiah, Allison, and I are pleased to present you our family version of Michael Hurley’s “Be Kind To Me.” I certainly hope you enjoy it.
In other news… I want to thank you for the great suggestions. However, as this project has taken shape I’m realizing that the time it takes me to put these songs together is MUCH longer than I expected. As such, I’m going to pick the songs myself. Sorry. If you’re hankering for a genre or artist, i still might be able to please you. I hope you understand and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you tomorrow (I promise!)
I’m pretty sure that the late (and uber talented) Jay Reatard would have hated my version of “My Shadow.” How could I stay true to it and still be true to me? And yet, I think i’ve captured something of the essence of the song (sans energy) and included a bit of myself and oddly a bit of Antony too. My harmonies just came out that way, sorry. Every night these songs take longer and longer. While this one wasn’t specifically requested it’s for Chris Stiles and his lovely wife Leslie who are Reatard fans. Anyways, listen and I hope you enjoy!
Tonight I bring you my version of a beautiful little song called “Too Young” by Victoria Bergsman, aka Taken By Trees (and former member of the Concretes). At first I was skeptical whether or not I could add any meaningful flavor to the original, but I am very very pleased about how it turned out. There’s nothing complex about this tune - her version is all about vocal delivery and the melody, so I had to add some things to make mine interesting.
Here we are… the first of 20 covers! When Jane suggested I do “Together Forever” from the Tim And Eric Awesome Show, I was both intrigued and dumbfounded. My version, as you’ll hear, is a bit of a departure from theirs, but I think you’ll appreciate what I did with it - I had a blast! The future’s right now!
In order to get myself into musical shape again, i’m going to be learning a new song and making a simple recording of it each day for the next 20 days. I’d prefer to be writing my own songs, but I’m so out of practice that that’s just not even possible right now, so covers it will be. I’m open to suggestions- just let me know and perhaps I will do it.
I heard John Lennon’s “Oh My Love” for the first time yesterday evening on the radio. it immediately struck me as the kind of song I should learn how to play. Simple and straightforward, the lyrics evoking pretty much exactly how I feel about my love, Allison Bogner. In any case, the audio file above is a recording of me doing my version of the song. I hope you enjoy it.
Last Monday I finally saw “The Wrestler” and I just can’t stop thinking about it. It was such a difficult movie to watch, and while the movie as a whole was very sad, when I’ve pondered it this week it hasn’t seemed so sad. What I liked best was the juxtaposition of Randy and Pam’s characters. They both were past their primes, but in Randy’s case he was living so deeply in the past, having burnt all bridges outside of the industry and was not able to escape. But the movie isn’t fatalistic - which i think is what intrigues me. Had Randy not missed the dinner with his daughter, it could have played out differently. Had Pam let Randy in 3 days sooner, it could have played out differently. This movie makes me think about my own life and the odd circumstances that have come together for good and ill, and I’m thankful for that. This is a movie about life, and in some way it is helping me see mine through fresh eyes.