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World – Music Video Cover of a Paz Suay Song

This is a cover of a song by Paz Suay, Josh Rouse’s wife, called “World”. I was actually recording into that little mic you can see on top of that candle, a Zoom H2. Then I took that recording into Logic and put some rudimentary drums, bongos, piano, and vibraphone onto the mix. Then I had to sync the video up with the audio in iMovie (No easy task!) But the Zoom gets a pretty nice “room” sound, and overall I think it gives the video a little life and “punch.” Hope you enjoy!

Moving On

This is a cover I did tonight of a Josh Rouse song called “Moving On.” Really it was a test of my iPhone 4 video and playing around with iMovie. Also I made a separate recording track on the iPad, a little closer to me with the FiRe recording app. I was testing syncing a separate audio track with video. Actually I want to record audio into Logic with a good mic and higher resolution but didn’t feel like moving my big iMac to the other room just for the test, but actually I think it came out pretty good.

Song: Mesie Julian

Bola de Nieve - "Snowball" the Cuban "Louis Armstrong" wrote this little cabaret song, "Mesie Julian."

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Download/iPhone/iPhone link

This is an old Cuban song by the artist Bola de Nieve, but what I’m covering here is the Josh Rouse version which is off his latest album “El Turista.” The Bola de Nieve version is on piano and it’s wild! I can play piano a little, but I can’t imagine anyone could play it like him. He doesn’t even look at the piano when he sings. It’s like he, the rhythm, the piano, and the performance are one. Amazing left hand. No one can match it. It’s like the rhythm has a life of its own.

This is the first song I’ve sung in another language. Spanish. Although I think he mixed in a little French with it. I still have to work on the pronunciation, but at least I’ve gotten to the point where I can get through it, and its FUN.

Figuring out the chords has been hard. The verse is straight forward: B7-F#-E. But then it gets jazzy crazy. I don’t think I’m doing it exactly right. I’ve tried to look at some Josh Rouse videos of him playing it, but his fingering looks weird from a regular tuning point of view. He may be using an alternate tuning. I asked on his message board if anyone knew, but so far no one has responded. The chorus is sort of a weird B chord that flattens a note in one bar and then goes to E major 7 to G and back to B or B7. The second time around it ends with a C#m7 and Fmaj7 before landing on the root B chord. When I get time I’ll try to draw out the fingering I’m using. I’ll make a video too.

If anyone out there knows how to play for reelz please leave a comment and let me know!

I’ll keep working on this song and when I feel I can play it  a lot better I’ll make a new recording. I have a list of about 30 songs so far that grows every day, that I’m learning to play, so that eventually I can do a live show.

[Video] A Drive Through the Snow and Musical Accompaniment.


This is just a video I made driving through the snow in Little Rock on 1-10-11 the day after our “Mini” Snow Storm. I played my new song “New York & Light” and the cover I did of “Silent Night” on the CD player as accompaniment. I haven’t made enough HD videos with my iPhone4 so I wanted to start. Then I started playing with iMovie and there’s some fun things you can do in there. So it’s mostly just play and experimentation, but you might find the scenery pretty. Hope you enjoy the song too!

New Song: “New York & Light”

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New York and Light (iPhone/iPad Link) You can download the song if you right click on the link and choose “Save” or “Save As,” and it will download the MP3 file.

So I took the little poem I wrote a couple post’s back “New York & Light” and made it into a song. I had this tune I was working on at the same time, so I applied the words to it. I added a couple more paragraphs for a second verse.

Lyrics:

New York and Light
East Egg above
They dance all night
The Jitterbug.

Their dreams play notes
Her favorite song
Love lines he wrote
She danced along

Chorus:

With eyes like that
That guy could sing
She floats him back
Across the sea.

The city’s moon
It strums their tune.

Verse 2

Long Island Sound
This is the place
It’s where she’s found
Stars light her face.

There’s something there.
Behind her eyes.
Inside her stare
A thousand and one nights.