These are a lot quicker to make when I’ve been playing the song for 20 years. It’s nice to be able to jump right in without having to spend any time learning each part. I went with the alternate lyrics on this song because I think they are better than the originals, but I think the impact of the last line of the third verse seems slightly lost with my interpretation.
One of the biggest challenges I’m finding in these songs is having to overdub each new part one at a time. Combine that with the slight latency in my audio interface and the result is fairly sloppy rhythm. The first instrument might be spot-on in time, but the next one is a little bit off, then the next one is a little bit worse, and so on. The end result is that each beat is a little bit wider than it should be.
Also, my hatred for software plugins and amp simulators is growing larger each day. Too many options translates directly to wasted time. I’d much rather throw a couple mics on my Marshall and press record than to have seemingly infinite and redundant options built-in to my computer. There’s something to be said for actually getting your hands on a knob, turning it, and hearing the sound change.
Anyway, musically speaking, I guess this came out as good as could be expected for 4 hours of effort. Frankly, I’d be content to just play that guitar solo endlessly for the rest of my life. I think it’s my favorite solo of all time. Perfectly crafted.
There’s really no easy way to cover a NIN song. My original intent was to record a completely stripped down acoustic version, but somewhere along the line I lost my way and took it too far. Trying to actually recreate a song via Reznor’s original formula is just a recipe for humiliating yourself. That dude has some monster synths at his disposal, but more importantly, he knows what the fuck he’s doing with them. Plus, he’s a damn good pianist and that’s something I definitely cannot say about myself. I can hold my own on just about any other instrument, but stick me in front of some keys and I’m mostly useless.
So I guess this falls somewhere between an acoustic guitar arrangement and an attempt at capturing the key tones of the original. I ran out of time at the end and the synth drums are what ended up suffering the most and then I had to rush the final mix.
File this one under: “40 in 40 Songs I’d Like To Revisit Without A Deadline”
I’ve been jamming along to this song since the first time I heard it, probably about 10 years ago. It’s a totally fun riff to play and the blistering lead guitars are par for the course with Thin Lizzy. Few bands are as humbling to a guitarist as this one (in other words: I can’t keep up). The drum part has that awesome rock swing feel that makes it easy to find a groove (not that I’m all that good at playing it). Vocally I feel very comfortable singing their songs. Lynott’s range is perfectly suited for me (not that I’m all that good at singing his songs).
Overall I’m actually quite pleased with how this one turned out. Go me!
Queens of the Stone Age - Long Slow Goodbye (steelopus cover)
The thing about this song is that Josh Homme can make women’s nautghty bits all tingly and warm just by busting out a little falsetto and winking whereas when I try the same thing they’re all like “Go Go Gadget Chastity Belt!”
Anyway. I took a little liberty with the lyrics to the 2nd verse.