My oh my it's been a long time since I recorded anything... for folks who are new to the blog, occasionally I'll play a song I like on my old acoustic, record it on my dinky recording setup, and post it to the blog. (Previous entries are here; one fine day I'll work out how to automatically reprocess that link into a podcast feed.)
Anyway, here's the latest song:
#36. The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Thanks go to iamtehprincess for suggesting this song, back when I was trolling for songs for my ukelele experiment (I finally settled on ELO). I could never get "District" to sound good on the ukelele, but I was intrigued at the challenge of playing it on guitar.
While I like, say, the Iron & Wine version of "Such Great Heights", I didn't want to go that route. More specifically, what I really like about "District" is how this lyric, long-noted melody goes against this stacatto, syncopated 'rhythm section' that only a synth programmer could love. If I just strummed out the chords, I'd wind up losing that.
Unfortunately, my sense of rhythm is not so good, and it took me a long, long time to get my brain to handle singing the vocal line while strumming that completely screwy rhythm. (For a similar brain-meltdown, see this song.)
As for the results: I dunno. It's a good song, I think I did something interesting with it, and I'm proud that I managed to do it. I still need to keep a steady rhythm, though, and my dinky recording rig has obvious limitations. The results: not bad, but I doubt I'll listen to it much.
As per always, youtube comes through with the original. (Oh, and check out this a cappella version.)
Mood: *shrug* · Music: none