Beatles Blackbird cover

The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a special cover of Beatles’ song Blackbird, from the White Album. I actually started working on some of the licks for the second guitar part a couple of years ago but then left it alone and came back to it just now. If you don’t know the original (you should), check it out on your music streaming service or watch on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Man4Xw8Xypo

I changed the structure of the song a bit, added 4 backing vocals and a second guitar part, which adds quite a lot, in my opinion. I’m really happy with all the licks there. Not so happy with my singing, but it’s not my forte.

The other thing that was quite new for me is investing in mixing. I used plugins from Slate Digital bundle, watched some videos to better understand how to mix and master and I’m actually quite happy with the result. It took me quite a while to mix it, several evenings.

I wasn’t recording videos of myself working on it, so the video is the whole project playing in Logic Pro X with the mixer and the tracks visible. I only added some nature and bird videos to make it more interesting.

Oh, and there’s a small surprise from my daughter in the end. Hope you like it. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel, to see there when new videos come out. Enjoy.

Participating in #JustPlay

I decided to make the effort to participate in the #JustPlay challenge – a 30-day challenge started by Samuel Goodwin to post music that one plays on Instagram without much retakes: “The point of this is to get over mental barriers to recording.” I started on day 5 but hopefully will be able to proceed with this. Will not be easy.

My first entry is me trying to play and sing “Girl from Ipanema”. Instagram limits videos to 1 minute, so it’s not the whole song.

Song: App Oddity

I made another musical video. This time I remade David Bowie’s excellent “Space Oddity” with lyrics on the subject of ups and downs of indie app development. It should be more accessible to the general population than my previous video about the programming language Swift.

Lyrics are embedded in the video but here they are in full:

App Oddity
~~~~~~~~~~

App Review to Coder Tom
App Review to Coder Tom
Take your caffeine pills
And put your headphones on

App Review to Coder Tom
Commencing countdown,
you’re logged on.
Check submission
and may Jobs’ love be with you

This is App Review to Coder Tom
You’re featured on first page
And the web sites want to know how much you’ve made
Now it’s time to go out and celebrate

This is Coder Tom to App Review
I’m stepping through the doors
And my head spins in a most peculiar way
And the App Store’s very different today

For here
Am I sitting in my basement
Far from outside world
Why do I feel blue
Is there something I can do?

Though I’m past
one million free downloads
I can’t see many sales
And I think I might've chosen wrong way to go
Tell my customers I care, 
'cause they should know

App Review to Coder Tom
Your app is dead,
there’s something wrong
Can you fix it Coder Tom
Can you fix it Coder Tom
Can you hear us Coder Tom
Can you…

Here am I lying in my basement
Far from outside world
All I feel is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Song: Cocoa Police

I covered Radiohead’s Karma Police with modified lyrics about some of the attitude towards Apple’s new programming language, Swift, that I saw on the net.

It’s meant to be fun. Lyrics embedded in the video. Enjoy.