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How to play… Moon Over Bourbon St

Dream of the Blue Turtles is one of my favourite albums.  Sting is one of my favourite artists. So here is my version. I love playing it but seldom on the street. I hope you enjoy playing it.  If you want pictures of the chords click on the link below.

Moon OVer Bourbon Street

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How to play…..

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The simple answer is every single day, even if only for 5 minutes.  I’m missing playing on the street but enjoying playing at home.  I’m worried about many things,  most of which I can’t do anything about. One of the things I worry about is that I might forget all the songs I play …. so I play a few every day. I’ve made a list… this is probably most of them.  If you would like me to do a tutorial on how I play any of these, leave a comment.

Sunny : It Must Be Love : Gold : True : Copacabana

Boarderline : Stayin Alive : Ever Fallen in Love with some (you shouldn’t have)

Mercy : All Of Me : Here You Come Again : Tainted Love : I Will Survive:

Somebody to Love : Bat Out Of Hell : How Deep Is Your Love

The Female Of The Species : Sway : Marlene On The Wall : Yes Sir I Can Boogie

Should I Stay Or Should I Go : Englishman in New York : Crazy : Play the Game

How Deep Is Your Love :  Kiss From A Rose : True Colours : If I Can’t Have You

Fall At Your Feet : Back To Black : Merry Christmas, Everyone : All Cried Out

I Fall In Love Too Easily : I Dreamed A Dream : Love Of My Life : Live it up

Anyone Who Had A Heart : Love Me Or Leave Me : The Day Before You Came

The Power of Love : Autumn Leaves : Love Me Or Leave Me : Jealous Guy

These Days : The Pretender : Last Christmas : I’m A Fool / You Do Something

Last Night I dreamt / Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want : Save Me

Nature Boy : Moon Over Bourbon Street : Jackie : Pipes of Peace :Chain Reaction

Red Light (Spells Danger) : Eloise : Live it up :The only living boy in New York

She Used To Be Mine : Golden Brown : Sound Of Silence :9-5 :No More Lonely Nights

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How to play…. No More Lonely Nights

while we are all at home with the Covid-19 lock down, I thought I would share with you how I play some of my songs.  If you’ve heard me play you’ll know that I don’t play exact copies of the songs but do my own arrangements; if you want to learn how to play exactly like it is on the record, you best go somewhere else.

Anyway, I’m going to kick off with – No More Lonely Nights by Paul McCartney. I love this song and it took me a while to get my head around how to play it as there’s the weird bit at the end. I decided to leave that bit out. Here is the written version of the chords

No More Lonely Nights Chords and Lyrics

 

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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!

 

 

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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!