That's All It Took

April 10, 2021 12:54 PM

With five of us living in a small downtown Toronto house, I don't get a whole heck of a lot of music recording time. I recently had a few days all alone for the first time in over a year (ch-ch-changes!) so me and the dog lit a fire and recorded a cover of a Gram & Emmylou song by way of the George Jones & Gene Pitney original, featuring some guitars and the old family Heintzman piano.

I also shot some goofy video while I was recording.

posted by chococat (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Having video of your recordings is a very welcome change!

I didn't know the original and I liked it a lot. It's always really good great to hear new songs from you.
posted by micayetoca at 12:50 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Thanks, micayetoca.
I haven't had a paying video gig since August so I thought I better see if I remembered how to use my camera.
posted by chococat at 3:43 PM on April 11, 2021

Nice! I was listening to the GP/Grievous Angel CD in the car the other day, and you have a nice take on that song here.
posted by The Vice Admiral of the Narrow Seas at 1:43 PM on April 12, 2021 [1 favorite]

Hey, thanks so much.
Yeah I freakin’ love those Gram Parsons albums. I didn’t even know there was a George Jones/Gene Pitney original version, I found it when I was learning the then I thought it would be fun to do it a bit closer to that one. I had to change the key though ‘cause I can’t sing that high.
posted by chococat at 5:35 PM on April 12, 2021

Love me some new chococat. Your voice, the production, the bounce and the flow, the slide (pedal steel?). So good, as always. Also, hi micayetoca!
posted by umbú at 12:06 PM on April 13, 2021 [1 favorite]

Lap steel! Still learning. Thanks umbú!
posted by chococat at 1:16 PM on April 13, 2021

This is amazing! The lap steel is wonderful, and fun to watch on the video. The video is actually very nicely done and artfully understated, not goofy :D
posted by Corduroy at 7:40 AM on April 19, 2021 [1 favorite]


Breezy but also achingly rich ... like an Aerobar. Aerocat?

Much obliged chococat! A true delight.
posted by BlackPebble at 5:56 PM on April 19, 2021 [1 favorite]

Yeah, this is a delight. And the lap steel playing is great. I could never get the hang of it. I've tried a million times and it just winds up sounding like a noisy cat fight.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:27 AM on May 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Yeah, lap steel is pretty tricky, for me at least. I'm finding it really hard to play anything but the most basic things.
I'm doing the C6 tuning, which can have that sort of western swing sound and is cool for having options for chord voicings at each fret or minor or major chords depending on which combo of the strings you play. But it requires my having a cheaty strip of tape up the neck with chord names at each fret. And forget playing fancy leads or doing those "slant" chords with the bar, it's TOO HARD.
The very first thing I did when I bought it was try to learn Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk", which, as I say in the post, is like the "Smoke on The Water" of the lap steel: everyone has gotta try that riff. Haven't played it since.
posted by chococat at 10:10 AM on May 3, 2021

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