#241 BREAK MY HEART (ROBOTEYES COVER). bored and feeling up to a challenge, i asked ryan of roboteyes if he wanted to hear me cover anything—and he said “break my heart.” not really a surprising choice, but it left me more than a little agitated. (because while i love covering songs, it’s an entirely different story when you know without a doubt that the original artist will for sure hear your version—the feels! it’s indescribable. already dealt with this when i covered loonie’s “tao lang” and leadership by assault’s “sober up,” though.)
anyway. here’s my take on “break my heart.” can i just say that this song is EXACTLY in my key? holy shit.
#240 I FALL TO PIECES (PATSY CLINE COVER). getting the hang of the new mic. finally done with the physical adjusting; now it’s more of handling how the raw track interacts with post-processing. right now when i try to apply reverb it’s a little wonky. my guess it that this is a lot easier than it sounds, haha!
the setup was in place so i could record backing vocals for WGWGSA, but i hadn’t done something in a while so i figured i could use the practice. :)
#239 ‘TIL THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG (DAVE CLARK FIVE COVER). so my brother started recording his vocal takes here at the hills (also known as my music room) a couple of months ago, and last thursday he brought along a condenser mic borrowed from a friend of his. we set it up and it worked fine with him, but when i tried to record with it the vocal takes sounded terrible!
long story short, i was troubleshooting the entire morning, and JUST NOW got it working right. won’t trouble you guys with an explanation because now that i know what the problem was, i feel really stupid—like i was counting to potato for hours.
ANYWAY. this is an old song that i’ve always loved; figured it was an easy song so i ran through all my mic tests this morning using the verse/chorus/end. my dad plays this on the guitar and sings it a lot; probably every other time he sits down to practice. don’t anyone tell him that i sang it though—he’ll just get all mushy and i’ll get all embarrassed. hahaha!
here is me through a condenser mic. hopefully there a little bit more bass in my voice; god knows i need it.
#237 JUST GIVE ME A REASON (PINK FEAT. NATE RUESS) (COVER). started as a study/demo for my band (because one of them wanted to cover this), but while i was finding out if the original key would fit my voice, i thought, “why not?”—and just straight up recorded the thing. i KNOW the bridge isn’t right, and the chorus should repeat more after where i ended; but this ismeant to be a duet, come on.
it may be a pop song, but boy does pink use her vocal range in this one. the verses are just a hair too low for me to sing comfortably, and the bridge is just a hair too high too high to belt without taking more than a few seconds to rest before recording—probably should have just punched in.
aw, my silly covers! they get more downloads than my original stuff.
actually. hmm. i don’t know how to feel about that now.
#232 UN-THINKABLE (I’M READY) (ALICIA KEYS COVER). holy shit, this was hard as fuck. alicia keys is understated but no less fierce in this song — the range needed for this is wider than i currently work with, which made covering this a bitch and a half. my cousin recently posted a video of her singing this, so i thought i’d give it a shot (the song got stuck in my head); not knowing that it would permanently damage my self-esteem.
…okay, that’s a little too dramatic. what this cover DOES do, though, is remind me that i need to be stricter about my vocal exercises. there’s too many sour notes here to count, and i was so focused on just getting through the song that i barely put any feeling into it. hopefully i post a better cover/original soon.
#231 HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS (COVER). thought i’d cover something for christmas. don’t know how (not) online i will be in the next few days, so i’ll just go ahead and greet everyone a happy holiday season right now.
thanks for listening. <3
#229 I DON’T CARE (ELLE VARNER COVER). haven’t been practicing my singing nearly as much as i should. this girl kills me! so much emotion in her voice. going through her songs makes me want to be a better singer.
if you haven’t listened to elle varner, please do so now. can’t even begin to do this song justice. sang it my way, changed up the chords, messed up some lyrics… you know the drill.