Playing around with muted notes and delay for the popcorn tune. It loops great on Instagram.
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.
Here’s me playing one of my favourite compositions for the guitar, “Horizons” by Genesis from the album Foxtrot.
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.
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
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.