May 6, 2007 2:52 PM

I recently dislocated my shoulder, and assumed music was out of the picture for a month or two. But I was getting pissed off at not playing, and discovered if I capoed everything up really high and didn't play anything too fancy, my arm could handle short bursts of pickin'. So I made a simple song, part French and part English.

posted by ORthey (15 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

I can't decide whether I like the sound of French being sung or understanding the lyrics better. This is a lovely compromise.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 3:16 PM on May 6, 2007

Nice! I love that whistling that accompanies the singing, gives it a curiously mournful-and-happy vibe at the same time. Your playing is great too, so maybe you should dislocate your shoulder more often!

Suggestion: add a whistling tag and join us cool kids over in that little corner of the intertagtubes.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:38 PM on May 6, 2007

And, hey, you're already one of the inner circle over there at the whistlin' wigwam anyway, so what're you waitin' fer?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:54 PM on May 6, 2007

I was just getting ready to post something but saw this first and played it. My wife said, "Wow". I said, "Dammit, and he's playing with a broken arm too!".

ORthey, you are just incredible! In nice to be in such company.
posted by snsranch at 6:37 PM on May 6, 2007

My wife said, "Wow". I said, "Dammit, and he's playing with a broken arm too!".

Yeah, I thought the same thing. Very cool song, man. And I'm glad to see people are starting to come back, it was dead for a few days around here.
posted by micayetoca at 6:51 PM on May 6, 2007

Love the vocals on this one. The lower register works great with the higher tones of the guitar + banjo.
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:05 PM on May 6, 2007

Wow, it's like Dylan and Cohen got smushed into one person, and that person is sitting on the porch of the shack just past Lafitte's Landing.

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:42 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]

This is a wonderful song. It's probably a byproduct of your injury, but stripping it down to the essentials elevates it. If you haven't checked them out already, you should listen to some Calexico.
posted by redarmycomrade at 8:15 AM on May 7, 2007

posted by By The Grace of God at 10:50 AM on May 7, 2007

Thanks for the awesome comments, everyone. Each one makes my shoulder feel just a little bit better.

And for the interested, here's a rough translation of the French part:

Start being patient
You think, you think
It’s just a stranger
Who’s dancing, who’s dancing
See you soon, little one – it’s me, it’s me
Who’ll wait for you at the end – it’s me, it’s me

How’s that, you don’t believe me?
It’s more towards,
More towards me, to your left
My – my brother
Went for it without a name
Went for it without a talent
posted by ORthey at 1:52 PM on May 7, 2007

This is great; just wanted you to know I listened and liked it.
posted by chuckdarwin at 12:58 PM on May 11, 2007

Love it.
posted by ColdChef at 8:52 PM on May 11, 2007

Wonderful... Not my thing at all.. but.. at the same time its growing on me. Not sure how to classify the genre.. but I would listen to a CD of this in my car and enjoy it.
posted by SirStan at 6:51 PM on May 12, 2007

That is some excellent freaking song writing... nice work!.. let me know if you need some help re-dislocating your shoulder after it heals... and I love the french...
posted by lancer1966 at 2:01 PM on May 16, 2007


thank you
posted by nicolin at 2:59 AM on June 30, 2007

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