busking, learning, music

Say What?

I’m working on a few new songs. One of my favourite songs of all times is Eloise by The Damned. It’s a big song but I’m sure I can pull it off.  I’m going to be dipping my toe in the water of guitar fx pedals too….First things first though, how many times have you thought you knew the lyrics and then, well Peter Kay says it best…. 

Also, this is one of the (many) songs I didn’t know was a cover…. I still like The Damned version best…..and who knew Barbra Streisand did Don’t Rain On my Parade before Japan? Not me until my wedding day when my Husband’s daughters (West End Musical Theatre Star) put me straight! In case you’re not familiar with the Japan version here it is

I love David Sylvian’s  voice both in Japan and solo; Secrets of the Beehive will continue to be one of my most loved albums.  Anyway, I digress, MUST LEARN THE WORDS!

 

 

busking, learning, music

She was a showgirl…..

I love this song. I’d love to do a version on the street. So here’s how it starts. Listening to the song over and over. Learning the REAL words, in the right order. Working out the chords in a key I can sing.

I’ve been humming it to myself all day and now I’ve come home and got the chords…watched youtube a bit more… I want to do a latin style strum but that might be a bit much but who knows…. so more youtube…

Then practice, practice,rework, practice. And after all of that, it might not work. I did a version of The Logical Song. I love the song, I remember listening to it at home when I was a kid.  I worked it out, spent ages on it; it sucked. I tried it for a month thinking maybe it just needed to bed in a bit. It didn’t, it just sucked.

So I thought I’d share the process. Watch this space – I might even share some of my practice session with you!