Bring me lil water Silvie

August 6, 2008 7:54 PM

More three part me... Took the arrangement from the Wailin' Jennys

This was the first song I ever heard from the Wailin Jennys and it had me at the opening chord. I wanted to see if I could duplicate it.

I'm used to making up my own harmonies (which is easy) or picking out polyphonic parts in a song (which is also mostly easy). It was kinda hard to figure out what the parts did since the harmonies were so close and moved in lock step.

First time working with a click track on this song as well. I think it worked pretty well, but it took some getting used to.

Bonus points : Thats my dryer on percussion in the background. (He can't keep a beat, but he tries really hard)

posted by ibfrog (6 comments total)

That was beautiful! Great job. I think the first time I heard this song was when I checked out the disk Folkways: A Vision Shared from my local library. The version on the disk was sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Anyway, this is really nice and easy on the ears. Thanks for sharing.
posted by Sailormom at 8:04 PM on August 6, 2008

I like the ambient noises in the background -- I kind of got obsessed with them on listening. They could be the sound a back of a chair makes when someone shifts weight, or they could be an oil pump way in the distance. They really added to the feel of this being some field recording, which I enjoyed very much. The harmonies were excellent -- a little bit old-timey gospel, but sort of 70s country rock as well.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:12 AM on August 9, 2008

Nice. I wish I was that good at harmonizing with myself.
If you like harmonies like this you may like The Love Hall Tryst - that's what it immediately reminded me of.
posted by smartyboots at 12:12 PM on August 11, 2008

I have to say, this recording made me want to experiment with harmonies myself.
posted by NemesisVex at 10:47 PM on August 11, 2008

Very nice, thx for posting it, ibfrog.
posted by micayetoca at 10:51 AM on August 27, 2008

Really beautiful.
posted by eurasian at 10:45 PM on October 22, 2008

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