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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Monday (8/25/08) 1:38pm - ... wherein Peter posts a song.

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.

Oh well.

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.

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