From A Basement In North Bergen, New Jersey

I was a music madman over the weekend. 4 hours on Saturday night and 3 last night spent trying to record a new version of Cut It Off, one of the songs I wrote during my prolific Songwriting 101 college class. I never was in love with how this one came out originally: It was early in the semester and I was afraid of putting myself completely into the recording as they were being (gasp!) listened to by the entire class! I got over this fear pretty quickly, but never went back and fleshed this nice idea out. And, after 7 hours the results are …

… eh. I like the structure and parts, but I really let the tempo get away from me. Listening back all the tracks are fighting to stay together. I’m not sure it’s anything more than a snapshot of the song at the moment for me not to forget how it goes.

In other music news, I made my first contributions to the latest in online procrastination: I uploaded videos to YouTube. Back in July, I randomly videotaped myself during one of my practice sessions. When I was done, instead of watching the playback, I just ported it over to my computer. I thought I had a bad night and felt I was performing to the camera a little too much. Four and a half months later, I finally gave the video a watch and liked what I saw. There were a bunch of mistakes and it’s weird (this obviously wasn’t supposed to be for public viewing based on what I’m wearing), but I thought it might be a good presentation for putting together a band. Now, along with the couple of recordings I’ve made the past two weekends, I can give a more accurate account of what type of music I’m looking to play.

Two of my Craigslist ad respondents sounded halfway promising, but wished to hear what I sounded like. My goal is to write these two back with links to these videos and my songs. Then, I’ll repost my ad – edited to be more exact with what I’m looking for – along with these links, as well. Hopefully, the replies will be more my style this time.

Here are the two songs I taped broken out into two, separate movies. The first is “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and isn’t the best thing I’ve ever done (I even realize this and stop halfway through). The second song is “You Shook Me” and is quite a bit better than the first video. Enjoy … warts and all!

Notes: I was an idiot and first uploaded the second video as “I Can’t Quit You Babe” complete with incorrect title. Also, after my first big gig (talent show during senior year of high school) I was told I lift my leg when I play. I never realized it … but it does make it’s appearance during “You Shook Me.”

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  • Zepmoon
    Monday, December 3rd, 2007 at 16:28 | #1

    Way cool. Your rendition of Since I’ve Been Loving You is almost as good as when you debuted that song as Zepfest 1997. But I liked You Shook Me even more.

    One thing, given the very low quality of YouTube sound it is hard to distinguish you from Jimmy Page in the background. If you really want prospective band-mates to get a feel for your style and talent you might want to do a few short acapella clips. Just you laying down some riffs or little rhythm guitar.

  • Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 at 12:34 | #2

    you know i hear male dogs don’t learn to lift their legs until they see another male dog do it first

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