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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Tuesday (10/28/08) 4:11pm - ... wherein Peter posts a song.

Two months go by, and then I finally dust off ye olde recordinge rigge....

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).

Still stuck in the 80s, I'm afraid:
     #40.  Paul Simon - Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War

I've actually wanted to learn this song for some time.  When I first learned it, I got intimidated by all the seventh chords and gave up early.  But I came back to the song and somehow managed to get all the chord sequences down.

The recording ain't perfect by any stretch.  I sang really close to the mic so (unfortunately) every little intake of breath is plainly audible.  There are places where I flub so many notes on the guitar that it sounds like somebody's grandmother attempting Guitar Hero.  Also, I had to trim down some of this recording's silent stretches.  (I went a bit nuts with the dramatic pauses.)

And as always, the less said about my falsetto, the better.

Still, I'm happy with the results.  The song feels to me like a lullaby, so I went with a more breathy/less resonant singing voice.  I took it easy on the reverb and such -- it makes the errors more apparent, but it gives the track a nice, simple feel.  My accelerando problems weren't out of control this time.  All in all, I can listen to the recording without wincing.

Wkipedia has more information about the song and the album[1], and you can listen to the song here.  (MTV has put their entire archive of videos online!  w00t!)

[1] It seems like most critics rate that album as underrated these days.  That seems self-contradictory.

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