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).
I did some experiments with the teensy recording rig this weekend. First off, I re-aimed the microphones to try to get a better vocal/guitar balance (still not quite there yet). Second, I verified that I can record to my little netbook instead of using a proper laptop. This was the result:
#45. The BoDeans - Lookin' for Me Somewhere
This is probably the simplest song I've put up on the site. It's just three chords -- I, IV, V -- and the structure is dead-simple verse/chorus with a tagline. But honestly, this is one of those songs that makes me think we need to show a little more respect for simplicity. Writing a simple song that still holds together is pretty much the toughest task there is in songwriting, and a teacher spends 90% of any improv-singing class convincing the students to simplify, simplify, simplify.
This song also got me to thinking about how much country music seems to be... well... smug. It seems like a good percentage of what's out there is committee-designed to reassure an insecure customer base -- flyover-state folks who are convinced that somewhere out there, New Yorkers are making fun of them -- that they're a-ok. It's nice to see a song (from the late 80s no less), that just sits back and talks about the writer's crush on Emmylou Harris instead of the usual "I'm so glad I'm a
gamma child red-state country boy" party line.
I'm okay with this recording. My sense of rhythm is still crappy, but I just started practicing with a metronome app, so maybe that'll help. The new mic setup is a little better than the old one, but I'm getting a weird flanginess to the sibilants; it might be a phase problem. Last complaint: playing this at the 'nut' (AKA fret zero) of the guitar puts this towards the top of my range, which sounds especially light-and-wussy. I knew if I transposed the song down, the chord voicings wouldn't sound right. *shrug* All is compromise.
That said, I still like how it came out.
The original album version is here, though the version on their live album is far better.
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