I want to make it clear that this is not, officially, one of my “bad cover” songs. I did not do any of the background music; there are too many effects and layers and sound effects involved, which are beyond my current resources, or at least my current skills.
This is, however, one of my favorite songs, so I downloaded a karaoke backing of it (which was pretty good, I must say), and I just did the singing.
Of course, this song is by Radiohead, written by Radiohead’s members, originally for “Romeo and Juliet” and also appeared on “OK Computer.” I own nothing. I owe much. The rest I leave to the poor.
Okay, here’s yet another of my bad covers of good songs. This one is one of my favorites, and is one of the first I learned to strum on an acoustic guitar. There are issues with the mix/recording, of course, but it’s in tolerable state to let other people hear it, at least.
Of course, the words and music are by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and I do not hold any rights to this. It is an homage, and I make no money from it, nor will I.
[P.S. I just finished re-creating the lyrics and melody to a song I wrote in college called “Breaking Me Down”. I plan to arrange and produce it soon. I think it might even be pretty good.]
In this, more or less unplanned audio blog, I muse on questions of why anyone should pay taxes if those who benefit most from societal structures don’t, and on the nature of rules, the lack of natural justice, and the fact that the world only makes sense when you force it to do so.
I did an impromptu recording of this song with me playing the guitar and singing, before all the other ones I posted. It wasn’t good enough to share with anyone but the best of friends, however, but it did give me some confidence. So, now, I’ve put together at least a passable version worth posting. I hope you like it.
Of the original song was performed by Radiohead, and was written by: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway, aka…well. Radiohead (duh!). I do not own the rights and make no money off this. It’s just for fun.
In this audio blog, I discuss the advice (featured in the excellent book How Not To Be Wrong), that you should try to prove your theorems right during the day and try to prove them wrong by night. I liken this to the very nature of scientific epistemology and the notions of free expressions championed by John Stuart Mill. I decry the tendency of true believers to try to shut down dissent as failing themselves and their own arguments…among other problems.
Here it is, the project that’s distracted me for a week or two now. Don’t expect too much from it. After all, I had to do all the parts and the mixing myself. It would have been nice to have had a drummer (with drums, obviously). I can pull off most all of the other instruments on my own – more or less – but it would have been nice to have had real percussion here.
That being said, I hope you enjoy it. It is what it is; I make no claims with respect to quality, only that it was a bit of a compulsion – which is to say a lot of a compulsion – and it had to come out.
I have no idea into what genre it might fit. Maybe you can tell me?
Okay, here I am messing up Pink Floyd again while I play with my guitar and my cell phone and audio mixing software. I haven’t done the central guitar “solo” and “doo-doo-doo”s, but everything else is more or less here, barring sound effects and any non-guitar instruments.
It’s not much, but it’s fun, and I can’t help wanting to share it.
This is all in preparation for me trying to make a recording of the song “Schrodinger’s Head,” of which I posted my initial lyrics here some time ago.
Something for you masochists to look forward to!
[By the way, as probably goes without saying, this song was written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters after Gilmour fiddled with the main tune on a 12-string acoustic he’d recently acquired, Waters heard him, asked what that was, and thought it sounded great and that he should write some lyrics to go with it. Or so they say in their interviews. ^_^]