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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Thursday (9/1/11) 9:23am - ... wherein Peter posts a song he can play on an instrument.

Day 26:  A song that you can play on an instrument.

Peter Gabriel, "In Your Eyes"

For a year or two ('07-'09), I would record a song every week on my little acoustic guitar and post it to my blog.  I usually can't listen to these tracks -- they cause me an extreme form of that twitchy, "hearing your voice on an answering machine"[1] feeling.  But sometimes, late at night, I can listen to the mp3s without being wincy and judgmental.  This past Saturday, around 2am, I listened to a dozen or two of these songs, and of those, I liked "In Your Eyes" the best.  It's one of those songs that doesn't really work if you just strum the chords, but I managed to pull in a lot of the song's rhythms and arpeggios and little grace notes.  ("Wait, I *was* just playing one guitar there, right?")

These days I don't play guitar nearly enough; it would probably take me an hour or so just to remind my fingers how the song goes.  And even then, I rarely play songs in public.  Honestly I don't get a lot out of it when I do -- I'm mostly content to record things and not have to put up with, y'know, people.  (I still recall being handed a guitar at a campfire at Camprov, and nonplussing the crowd by immediately busting out "I Want You Back".)

So this little mp3 will have to do.

[1] "Uncle Peter, what's an 'answering machine'?"  Ask your parents, kids.  Ask your parents.

[This entry is part of the 30 Day Song ChallengeClick here to see all the entries I've posted so far.]

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