Is there a song you'd like to hear someone cover? I'm your man. I can never promise quality. And I certainly can't promise you'll like it. So suggest a song and if I pick it, you'll hear my interpretation.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July's Cover

So this thing has hit a wall, huh? It's not you guys, it's me. I'm liking the cover challenge. It's surprised me. I've learned of new songs/bands, and even uncovered (get it... un...COVERED) some new ideas about recording and such. And though life has been pretty hectic lately, it's about to get hecticocitified by a trillion billion. Though, I vow to have a cover done in July. All 1 week of it. But the suggestion does come from last months comments. And just so you know, I have had a few other suggestions. But I'm not going to post them now because there weren't many. Not for the want of quality of the suggestions. Some very cool, very unique suggestions (Sorry, Joe).

But this month gets a heapin' helpin' of me vs. Terence Trent D'arby. My sister suggested this jam. She had the record when it came out and played it like crazy. Is that the chick from Law and Order in the video? I hope so. That's one hell of a resume, if it is.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

You can't do that!

Like hell I can't! It's my cover challenge blog and I'll cry if I want to.

So the deal is I had something very specific in mind for "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes". But I may need to take a counterpoint class before I start thinking I'm Brian Wilson. So about the 20th of June I realized it wasn't going to happen. Do I pick a song from the list? Do I just cover any old song I want? Then my weekends were gobbled up with my graduation and other exciting morsels and I had run out time. So all you get is this golden oldie. And when I saw "all" I mean, "you totally win".

In the spring of 2001 I was living with a friend in Mesa. I don't remember all the specifics, but for some reason I used a bunch of instruments that don't belong to me. And "a bunch" is really just a guitar and keyboard. The guitar was a nylon string that belonged to my friend Jon. We both loved the way it sounded, but you could never get it to stay in tune for an entire song. But intonation is optional and this song wouldn't be the same with a regular guitar. The keyboard is from my nephew, Alec. He was 6 or 7 at the time and was too old for this baby toy. I inherited it and put it to extraordinary use on this magic jam.

The song is a cover of "Let's Twist Again" by Chubby Checker. The lyrics are from memory as I was playing and singing kind of free-form. Then I overdubbed some keyboard chops that are sure to blow a mind or two. The background vox were more of a mistake. I think I was singing along while I was waiting for my big keyboard solo. When I went to mix down the song I left them in because they're kind of quaint. Like a country kitchen. Imperfect but homey. Enjoy.

Let's Twist Again by Eric VanAusdal