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09:32 am - February's MP3: What Is Everyone Staring At?
Feburary's MP3 of the Month is up. It's a cover of an unreleased They Might Be Giants song called What Is Everyone Staring At? This arrangement is borrowed very heavily from the original which premiered on Their Dial-A-Song service a few years back. TMBG often premiers new songs as works in progress, and changes them substantially by the time they come out on record. Such was the case with What Is Everyone Staring At?, which got a total lyrics rewrite and substantial musical overhaul before ending up as a lullaby called Sleepwalkers on Their children's album, No! As far as I know, They've completely abandoned the original version.

At one time I was considering recording all of the They Might Be Giants songs that never progressed beyond being demos or which became different songs between demo and final release. Most of the songs I'd be recording exist only in really poor recordings taken from Dial-A-Song (ie, recorded from a telephone). The thing is, TMBG have a few hundred songs like this (literally), and I don't have that kind of ambition. I might do a few here or there.

Anyway, I've kept the instrumental background virtually the same, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I always hate my own vocals, though. I recorded an acceptable demo version in mid-January with the intent of doing a better one by February, but when I started coming down with a cold, I made a couple of recordings and this one was the best. I'd like to cite my scratchy throat and overactive sinuses as major influence on the sound of the vocals, but in the back of my mind I know that this is really what I sound like when I try to sing in my upper range.

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From:xoshua
Date:February 2nd, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
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but the site says january...
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 2nd, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
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Oh you can lick me.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 2nd, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
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(but don't)
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From:wyrdsatyr
Date:February 2nd, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
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I actually like the way you sound when you actually sing. I can hear the beginnings of a cold, though it's not as pronounced as some I've heard on albums which are considered classics.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 2nd, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry Ash, but William Hung will never be considered "classic."

No, seriously, listening to it again this morning, I can see that my one of biggest problems with this particular recording is that some of the consonants aren't as audible as I think they should be. I was using a new microphone this time, and I'm going to have to figure out if it's the mic or if it was my cold, because the first demo (which I was less happy with) was on a different mic and didn't have this problem. I guess I'll have plenty of time to figure it out, because I plan on doing some more vocal recordings soon.
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From:wyrdsatyr
Date:February 2nd, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps you could double-track your vocals, using two different mikes.
February's MP3: What Is Everyone Staring At? - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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