Two in one month! I am a recording *fiend*!
Boilerplate bit: occasionally I'll play a song I like on my old acoustic, record it on my home-recording setup, and post it to the blog. You can see earlier entries here, or subscribe to these as a podcast (click here if you use iTunes).
Picking off another 80s song:
#39. John Waite - Missing You
This is an interesting one. Believe it or not, I am trying to avoid the "slow, plaintive acoustic-guitar-boy" cliché with these recordings, but I sort of fell into it on this one.
I started out learning this song after I read this mention from Noel Murray in his amazing "Popless" column at the AVClub. I realized, "Huh. I like that song. Haven't heard it in ages. Neat." I toyed with playing it on guitar. I was surprised to see covers from Tina Turner, Allison Krauss, and (of all things) Tyler Hilton of One Tree Hill fame.
But I had a devil of a time reducing the song down to a single guitar without losing all the melody lines in the synths that really make the song. I finally sorted out a way to fingerpick it so it sounded right. But then it turned all slow, quiet, and painfully earnest.
One disadvantage here is that the stripped-down arrangement draws more attention to the lyrics, and the lyrics are... well, just bad. I'm all for lyrics that stay out of the song's way -- unless you're W. S. Gilbert, please refrain from using your lyrics to show me how clever you are -- but these lyrics are just on-the-nose and boring. And I suppose there are multiple ways to approach a line as thuddingly dull as "I'm standing here and you're miles away." I imagine most people would overplay like hell, and maintain a level of ironic detachment to protect them from feeling anything or (worse) being *seen* to feel anything. I figured I'd just play it as straight as I could. When we're feeling bad, sometimes we just call it like we see it, without the benefit of poetry.
This particular recording went okay, I guess. I had the recording level set a bit lower than I'd like, and I sang so close to the mic I had to go a bit nuts with the de-esser later on, but it more or less sounds like it should. I doubt I'll listen to it much, but I'm happy with doing my own take on the tune.
As always, the youtube provides the original.
Mood: contemplative · Music: none