It's funny how music catalogs so well where I am, where I've been, or even where I'm headed. In this season of job interviews, of sentimental doors closing and exciting new doors opening, there is so much about which I could write (& I likely will at some point). But for now I'll leave you with a few songs (recorded iPhone-style). New & upbeat diddlies are on the way, of course--how can one *not* feel inspired by all this sunshine we've been having as of late? >>>Ukulele bits Given that my tenor uke had been gathering some dust, I decided to break it out at the end of January for a test-run cover one evening. Because everyone sits around playing ukuleles in their living room, right?? (Don't answer that.)
This piece is one that keeps coming back to me this year. It's by an artist named Priscilla Ahn, and when she sings she absolutely gives me chills. (I've recorded it since for piano, but figured I'd share this one first...as both a starting place, and something a bit more akin to the original work.) I only hope to one day be as masterful on the guitar as she is! Not to mention, branch out into some lesser-used instruments: her incorporation of harmonica in the original "Dream" is stunning, for instance!
Please pardon the apparent frog in my throat that day. When I get the piano version up, I'll post it, too (really want to do her song a little better justice!):
These days, I find joy (=peace=happiness=emotive connection=love=life=God) in music, especially when played with others. Last night, I had the pleasure of playing a small set with some amazing friends where I go to grad school. Half semi-spontaneous jamming, half planned vocalizations, here's what transpired from the iPhone cut (which was behind us, so it only got the monitors and unbalanced instruments)--but the actual take will be available sometime in January, woo.
First, the song I wrote a few weeks ago--slightly tweaked at the last minute, and with some mandolin added over it by my buddy Ted. I retitled it (for now) as "Anew", but due to the recording nature, I'd recommend just fast-forwarding until you can hear music:
Second up on the list was a Once medley I convinced the others to do. It's a combo of "Falling Slowly" and "Lies"--it's hard to hear the vocals since we're not getting the actual sound system, but you can still get the idea. We had so much fun running this one:
Third up was a duet between the amazing freshman Ashley and myself, featuring Ted on mandolin, Drew on flute, and myself on piano. She started losing her voice *right* before this (slightly chopped off bits of her range, silly colds), but she still sounds quite lovely in my opinion:
Finally, we did a recap of "Grace Like Rain"--a couple singers switched up AND a mandolin added in. Is it obvious we sorta dig this one?
All right, that's all I've got for now--but totally still open to suggestions on that "Anew" song...I sent it out to some music friends of mine that gave some great ideas in return, but it's still just...missing something. I guess we'll figure it out soon enough. But time to get back to the finals paper writing! Peace & love & happy December'ing.
I haven't been able to play with my old band at school in a while, and we're doing a gig for a bunch of high school kids this evening, so we decided to whip out an iPhone to record ourselves sans sound system during practice. This is the recording that was left behind. Our voices were basically squeaks by this point and our fingers and strings tired (which only contributed to my buzzing guitar which was waaaaaay too close to the speaker to sounds normal), but if I listen to this one with headphones, it was still a fun snapshot of the how jam sessions can just...take you over and take you somewhere else entirely.
Oh music, you're too great.
In other news-- Tomorrow I teach my last day of my first class! It's so cool to see folks grow like that in their writing. If this was just one semester for them, who knows what else they can all accomplish in their college years to come!