365 DotU, Day 40 Is All About the Benjamins

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. :)


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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