I know I’ve been whining about being busy for days now, but it really is a problem. It takes a while to put a song together, especially if I’m learning one I’ve never played before or using an instrument I’m not that used to playing. I need to choose the song, practice it enough to get it more or less memorized (trust me — memorized sounds a LOT smoother), and then sit down and record a good take (which can either happen the first time or the 25th — there’s no way to tell). If I’m recording the song in pieces or creating a different arrangement, sometimes it can take a day or so to work out all of the details. I’ve gotten a lot faster — songs that used to take days now take a couple of hours. At my best, I can get two or three easier, sit-down-in-front-of-the-camera tunes done in a single day. At my worst, I get stuck and have to post an older shot of something just to fill the bill while I practice and figure things out. When my life belongs to other things, I have a hard time getting anything recorded at all.
Thank the Muses for a capella tunes in a pinch! They’re always a bit nerve-wracking; one is always a bit naked on a song without accompaniment. They’re also really easy to record and put together — today’s song set a personal record of about 15 minutes to record. The video took a bit longer because I decided to get clever about the images and had to find and photograph some money.
Yes. I said photograph some money. The song is Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz, and the filthy lucre seemed appropriate.
In other news, I still don’t sound anything like Janis. :)