Sound check on a rainy, gloomy Friday night


Hey guys! As always, I’m revamping my gear and constantly working at getting super fast setup/ breakdown times. Tonight, I was able to setup comfortably in about 10 minutes. (Such a relief!) After a quick tune, I went straight into David Gray’s, “Babylon”, for a sound check. This room was almost silent when I started setting up. In this video, you can really hear how live music brings a room alive.

“Babylon” is definitely in the top of my favorite songs and was fortunate to catch a recording of my version. Video is never the best from a cell phone but the audio turned out fairly well so I wanted to post it up and share with you. If you liked my cover, sign up to follow the blog on the right or go subscribe to my youtube channel. And of course, do the Instagram thing, too!

Thanks for listening, Cheers!

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‘All the time’ – Original

 

I picked up my old Kay archtop the other day during the tropical storm power outage and this tune suddenly came to me in all its entirety.  I love it when that happens!  And of course, I had to record it!  I had originally planned to add percussion and some keys but once I heard it back with only an acoustic guitar, I was sold on it.  I am usually super picky about getting recordings out but I’ve decided I just really want to share more of what I create and worry less about technicality.  So, here it is to share with you.  You can grab a high-quality wav of the song for only $1 if interested but also more than welcome to stream as many times as you like and share it for free! Thanks for listening!

‘Nobody knows you’ Blues Standard Cover

This old blues standard is always a fun song for me. I love the picking style during the unplugged spin that Eric Clapton did nearly two decades ago now. Its hard to believe its been 20 years. And I just had a birthday last week so I feel especially old now! Seriously though,  I love entire whole ‘Unplugged’ album.  That album was a turning point for me as a musician. I remember learning ‘Tears in heaven,’ then performing it while singing it at my elementary school. I ended up winning the 4H tournament. I think I was in 6th grade or something. After that, I became so obsessed with that style of picking and sort of created my own version of it and infused it with a blues and folk.  This is my version of Clapton’s version.

The lyrics are great, too! Mostly because I can actually memorize them. I never knew it was such an old song until I heard on some old blues stuff one day. Apparently, it was written way back in 1923 by a guy named, Jimmy cox. Jimmy wrote the song from the perspective of a millionaire during the prohibition era and the ebbs and flows with that kind of lifestyle. After the United States depleted nearly everything to survive the post-effects of World War I,  the country went into a recession, and food rations suddenly went into effect. From the lyrics, Jimmy’s fictional character must have lost more than a higher food ration.  The lyrics always inspired me because in times of need, you learn who your friends are and in most cases ‘nobody knows you.’ I think we have all felt the feelings of being alone and desperate. I added a link here, ‘Nobody knows you’ lyrics, if you want to follow along with the lyrics.  I’m sure I change a few words here and there but the meaning stays the same. Also if you haven’t had the chance hear it, I highly recommend checking out Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ album.  This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I’m not trying to compare or anything, but I couldn’t leave out the inspiration that brought me where I am now musically. Anyhow, I hope you guys enjoy. It had a great response on Instagram, so I thought I would blog it. So, go follow the Ig and you’ll get to see more cool stuff that I do with photography as well. You can also follow my photography blog as well, JLW Photography.

 

“Is this love” – Bob Marley cover 

Here is another short clip from the video I got the other night out at Tin Lizzy’s.  Im still impressed with the audio from the new Sony HDR-mv1.  I have several new ideas/ songs in the making and might do some acoustic versions as I work on them digitally.  So if you are interested in seeing those and what else is in store for 2017, hit the follow button, give me a like on Facebook,  and hit subscribe on the YouTube channel. I’ll also be posting some video of other bands I’ve been filming around the Atlanta area on YouTube and they’ll be uploaded on my videography page and also putting a separate blog out on my photography page.  Thanks for watching!