Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Mouthful of Cavities" (Blind Melon)

This Blind Melon tune has been one of my favorites for years and years and years. Something about the timbre of it is just right for that ... poignantly melancholy state of mind. "Mouthful" is also fun to play. I enjoy its little walk-downs and especially the rhythm of the slide from C to D.

The problem is the late Shannon Hoon has a much higher voice than I do, and no matter what--nearly every one of Blind Melon's songs is just out of my singing register. Go up a little, down a little--hard to get my voice to sound right with their music, which is a bummer because their tunage is rather outstanding, I think. I love playing and listening but the song's just aren't easy for me to sing.

As for this recording, it sounds like my low E is a little high. I didn't notice it at the time. Alas. It's all for fun anyway.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Fall Down" by Toad the Wet Sprocket

This next installation is another cover song -- and it's a request! I've been trying to alternate original material with cover material, but really--so much of my creative energy is devoted to writing that I have little left for music. And, I'm really terribly bored playing the old material, some which is recently old, some of which is ancient old, and so my drive to drop in originals is waning.

So, lyrics to "Fall Down" by Toad the Wet Sprocket, my second Toad cover. As far as I can tell it's like the vast majority of their other songs--not too complicated and rather catchy. Per my usual way I took some creative liberties with it but maintained what I think is still the meat of it. The ending I blame on the red I was drinking at the time. I didn't really see the volume coming, and then poof! it was there, and I went with it.

I think the Toad has a new album out or soon coming out? I'd be curious to see what they're up to after like ... 20 years.