Well now the official video has been posted, here guess its time to roll out the old dry run rehearsals, of which I have a selection for you this time around.
More than one you ask ? A long story as always, so stick the kettle on.
So as I said at the OM I started working on this back in 2016 when I had just started the old IM course. Could not work out why the heck it sounded pants, until one of our old regulars @stitch pointed out it was in Double Drop D tuning (never heard of it !!) and also kindly tabbed out the reference video I’d been following, which was free from explanatory notes, just some geezer playing very very slowly. Anyway after a while I was able to play it but back in those days the thought of singing and playing was a distant pipe dream.
Coming out of Open Mic XI (11 / eleven ) and having been singing and playing for almost two years, I decided that this song would be the one for the next OM.
Getting the lyrics to match up with the riff style pattern proved a bit of a challenge but I finally sussed it out. Then came the dilemma, which acoustic to use. So 10 days before showtime and reasonably comfortable with the song I did a Dry Run on all three, then whizzed them over to my daughter via YouTube, to see what her preference was.
Optional viewing for you folks though but Mr @Durquhart may appreciate !
So the starter was my “new” Takamine GD30CE
I had to get hold of a Bill Hicks Capo for the Tak as the other 2 I had did not sit well with the radius.
followed by my Fender T-Bucket with a new set of 13s on
and lastly my ancient Encore W265 which I’ve had since the late '90 (1990s not 1890s !!)
Anyway after a couple of day the kid advised Fender. Hmmph !! So I said the Tak sounded better, so after another day or so of “discussions” she gave up arguing with this stubborn old fool. See what you think. Great all sorted, churn it out once a day for a week and good to go for kick off.
Then messing around with OBS one day I noticed a new audio input option, to capture application audio. So I immediately thought that will be handy for backing tracks. So decided to fire up EZDrummer2 on the PC desktop and generally mess around with samples and surprisingly capturing the sound on the OBS video. Cushty !!
So the plan was to park that for a future day/project but scrolling through the EZD2 samples stumbled on a set called Rebel Rock - old peeps here will remember the old Studio slogan - how could I resist. Tinkered around a little, thought of Hollis Brown and what old Mr Zimmerman might have thought and then hatched a mischievous plan for the Open Mic.
Out with vanilla and in with If Dylan Went Down To Dixie (The Ballad Of Hollis Brown)
trouble was, it was a grin a minute drum track and proved hard not to play the song without a crazy smile on my face, especially given the subject matter. Anyway the plan was “that will do nicely”.
The downside was when I went to check the recording levels in Zoom, I found the drums were coming a few milliseconds out of sync with me and the Tak, so for the show it was back to Plan A, which was actually Plan D after all the acoustic juggling.
So after much messing around trying to resolve the drum issue, I gave up a couple of hours before the show and decided it would have to be Plan D after all and plain old vanilla circa '64. Just in case anything went astray with the comms I decided to do one final Dry Run as per OM set up, with all inclusive IEDs and my usual titfer !
Come show time, a good time was had by all.
And the moral of this oh so long tale ? Never give up on your dreams, always keep that song you wanted to play close to hand and close to your heart. Oh and don’t p!$$ around with new technology the week before your next gig !!
See you on the flipside peeps.