OK folks a bit later than normal but here are my final dry run recordings, for the JGC OM last weekend.
As I mention at the time, when your favourite bands have three lead guitarist, who are often playing harmonised melodies and lead lines alongside each other, breaking that down to a one man show is next to impossible. Multi track projects fine. Open Mic or just playing with just an acoustic forget it.
So having played a simple version of Every Mothers Son for OM 16, I went through my Lynyrd Skynyrd collection and started to compile what I could call my Simplified Skynyrd Songbook. At the moment there are eight tracks and a few possibles to add. So for this OM I decided to pull out a couple of favourites.
As the title suggests, these have been really dumbed down, as I still struggle to play more than simple rhythm while singing. The intro/outro for Curtis Leow was a hybrid cut to get the feeling of the original but in real “kiss” fashion.
And sorry to disappoint folks who mistook choking for a new vocal style but there’s no rasping in these two. But listening back it would seem things were going south when I recorded the first and that was early on in the day.
080723 All I Can Do Is Write About It
So that was ticked off and put to one side and it was back to the nemesis. Could play it fine without sing, could play it fine with the intro and outro but could I play the one lick/riff between the first chorus and next verse with out screwing up. No siree, not while that darned camera was rolling.
With 90 minutes to go before we opened for soundchecks, I decided against using my monitors (now realise mic position needs improving) and went back to IEMs. Hats n headphones don’t mix : Ran through with the chorus/verse bridge and bombed. Tried it at the next lower octave, so I was closer to the open E chord, bombed. All doable but not after I hit record. As soon as I focused on the opening line of the next verse, I crashed and burned.
So a hasty rearrangement to chug on the E had to be adopted and that’s what I went with.
080723 Curtis Leow Final
Here’s the simple piece I omitted, kind of butchered the original. And now you know why bands have lead singers !! Simples.
Guess this will have to serve as my July offering. There are a few Blues items to be recorded but guess that will have to wait until the calendar rolls to August for being posted in another Diary Chapter. So you’ll have to make do for now.