Boots Of Spanish Leather

January 25, 2011 9:58 AM

Another "get me out of this musical funk" cover. The more I hear Dylan sing this, the more I think this may be his most beautiful song. Here's my try.

This definitely qualifies as "quick 'n' dirty" so please forgive mixing and leveling issues.

posted by ORthey (10 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

This is truly lovely.
posted by umbú at 11:48 AM on January 25, 2011

Some day I want to be able to sing as relaxed as you do.
posted by umbú at 11:49 AM on January 25, 2011

Very nice. I hope this gets you out of your 'funk' (hard to use that word when recordings like this are still popping out). I just went and listened to 'Fall in Silence' for the first time, and it's great.
posted by Corduroy at 9:49 AM on January 26, 2011

Thank you guys. Umbù, that's a really nice thing to say, especially since I for some reason have always had a lot of trouble accepting my voice as a viable singing voice.

Also, I had a nice revelation while recording this one, which happened because I recorded the main guitar and the vocals at the same time, which I never ever do. I think the fact that I wasn't recording the vocals on their own took some of the pressure off, so to speak. It was more like a performance and less like a recording.
posted by ORthey at 8:05 PM on January 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Wow. This is awesome. Thanks, ORthey.
posted by MonsieurBon at 11:18 PM on January 26, 2011

There's something to be said for separating out the parts of a song and trying for absolute perfection in recording, but.... For me the dynamic interaction between my voice and the instrument makes a huge difference in the way that I sing and play. The whole can be more than the sum of its parts, I suppose, which is one of the reasons that music geeks go out of their way to find perfect bootleg recordings which are blasted by crowd noise and recording difficulties, but somehow get at the soul of a song in a way that the produced version never did. Devendra Banhart's 'Rejoicing in the Hands' was recorded in an old Georgia mansion, just him and his guitar and a few mics scattered around, and it's one of the more fantastic acoustic albums I know.

great song, ORThey; I always look forward to hearing your work.
posted by kaibutsu at 12:24 PM on January 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Whatever you did, it really worked. I love this song, too. So wistful.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:23 PM on January 29, 2011

Man, hearing Nanci Griffith play this song made me kinda fall in love with her. I can say though, that I really like this version better. You've got some real depth man, and the ability to express it.
posted by snsranch at 7:49 PM on January 31, 2011

This is good. I've loved this song ever since the first time I heard it (a cover from the Irish band Dervish). Always glad to see your name come up in the MeFiMusic podcast in my iTunes.
posted by JDHarper at 7:11 PM on February 1, 2011

I listen to this song quite often, still. People always ask me who it is. "Oh, some internet dude who is awesome."
posted by MonsieurBon at 8:18 PM on March 21, 2013 [2 favorites]

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