Exit Music

July 14, 2012 8:40 AM

Not a part of the Monthly Challenge, but the first song I recorded on my tenor ukulele.

I recorded this about a month into playing - it's rough, there are mistakes, and I have since lost access to a recording device, or a proper set of ukulele strings letting me change my tuning easily, so... there's no re-recording it just at the moment.

I recorded a set of rough songs to send to my mom for Christmas, and decided to leave this one out, too sad for her, but ended up being a lullaby for my boyfriend.

You guys will be the first non-family, non-dating folks to hear me play.

posted by nile_red (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Alright, as you're not technically calling it a challenge entry, I suppose I'll let it slip by my previously stated stipulation. That said, I rather enjoyed this take--the tenor uke is so much more pleasant to the ear than the soprano, and your liberties with the melody (I'm guessing they were likely taken because of the range of the song and/or the absurd complexity of the progression; we found out about that bit the hard way when recording our version of this one (which will be up soon)) were a nice deviation from the course.

I do wish the recording had been gained a bit, as it's super quiet, but otherwise, nicely done.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:18 AM on July 14, 2012

This is really sweet, nile_red. I think it's perfect lullaby music.
posted by hanoixan at 10:57 AM on July 14, 2012

This is beautiful. Really haunting.
posted by Elmore at 4:13 PM on July 14, 2012

LOOM, if you're wondering about that progression... it Chopin's Prelude, Op. 28, No. 4 in E minor. I was having fits trying to base my version on that somehow before giving in to the campfire arr.

nile_red, this is lovely. I really enjoy how you worked the vocal melody. And I'm so very happy to no lonnger be the only entry for this song. ;)
posted by carsonb at 5:34 PM on July 14, 2012

hmm, cool! It's still devilishly clever--especially when playing it on an instrument I can't play (not to ever be revealed).
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 5:43 PM on July 14, 2012

Thanks for the comments guys! Of course anyone is welcome to play with the track and fix the quietness, or fiddle with it in any other way, as I am softwareless at present.
posted by nile_red at 6:44 PM on July 14, 2012

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