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infected

By jwh on July 7, 2024 6:35 pm

it's hard to turn it off
it's hard to go to bed
it's hard to fall asleep
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felt like a good time to revisit this 20+ yr old song (friend)

XO

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Such a warm and inviting sound.  If they could make blankets out of it, they would be the coziest blankets ever.  Glad you were able to revive this song.  Just out of curiosity do you have any old recordings of it?  It would be really interesting to hear how the new version compares to the old one.

emily wrote:


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ahhhh </3   at least you didn't come back with a 'Dancer in the Dark' gif... goodness!
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Cosmic Cairns wrote:

Such a warm and inviting sound.  If they could make blankets out of it, they would be the coziest blankets ever.  Glad you were able to revive this song.  Just out of curiosity do you have any old recordings of it?  It would be really interesting to hear how the new version compares to the old one.

oh that is so kind of you, thank you!

and yes, there was a version of it on an album by the rutabega back in 2004. it was really odd listening back when i was working on this one, i couldn't believe how fast the original was! my buddy Pat O'Hara played a lovely bowed double bass during the bridge section on the 2004 version. other than the tempo & the tuning (og was in standard i think, and the new one is tuned down to C standard) the arrangements are pretty similar. ha - i also sound much younger.

here's the link to the album ('infected' is the last song, track 10):
these knotty lines

Thanks for sharing!  The original is quite charming, too!

Beautiful. And a little bit brutal. And a little loud because it needs to be. And the bridge is just wonderful, that kinda pulled me right out of my space in that instant, transported me!

And I kinda  get annoyed with myself making references all the time but there were times when I flashed right back to the live "unplugged" performance of Archive's "Me and You" (2004) (also "Goodbye" which follows on the album) which had some double significance this week - first, the same gentle, beautiful, brutal and strained music, lyrics and vocals - but also because I was thinking about the brutal and broken guitar used in their original version when I was working on this weeks track.

Funny coincidences. Or I'm just hearing what I want to.

But either way I'm loving to listen, thank you and forgive me my rambling lol  heart

A rad return to an oldie. Does removing the sm7b's windscreen help the tone of the mic? I am imagining it might sound a bit closer to a condenser.

Nicely done.

I quite like your vocals over those beautiful acoustic guitar chords.

Beautiful vocals harmonies, you feel it more than hear it which is great.

The stings starting at 3min are a very nice touch.

I was truly touched by the song.

Well played!

I love your songs very much, feel so connected to the mood you create. it is familiar music to me, that always picks me up.
Then I was checking out your „old“ version and was blown away from your discography.  Incredible!!!

Q-Rosh wrote:

I love your songs very much, feel so connected to the mood you create. it is familiar music to me, that always picks me up.
Then I was checking out your „old“ version and was blown away from your discography.  Incredible!!!


This ^^^^^

Damn... this is great... I find myself speechless... just great.  I love everything about this song, from the opening pad, to the robins singing softly in the background near the end... absolutely masterful.

Very sad cowboy vibes. Dig this.

What a song, so cool to hear a blast from the past and compare different versions. Looove the bass, feeling big but also gentle. Guitar and vocals are superb.

this is really great, such a melancholic, pretty melody. thanks for sharing

Cosmic Cairns wrote:

Thanks for sharing!  The original is quite charming, too!

ahh, thanks for checking it out! it's pretty cool to have these musical time capsules.

neon liminal wrote:

Beautiful. And a little bit brutal. And a little loud because it needs to be. And the bridge is just wonderful, that kinda pulled me right out of my space in that instant, transported me!

And I kinda  get annoyed with myself making references all the time but there were times when I flashed right back to the live "unplugged" performance of Archive's "Me and You" (2004) (also "Goodbye" which follows on the album) which had some double significance this week - first, the same gentle, beautiful, brutal and strained music, lyrics and vocals - but also because I was thinking about the brutal and broken guitar used in their original version when I was working on this weeks track.

Funny coincidences. Or I'm just hearing what I want to.

But either way I'm loving to listen, thank you and forgive me my rambling lol  heart

thank you, i very much appreciate this ramble! and thanks for listening so deeply. i need to check out Archive, i'm not familiar. but i'm definitely a big fan of brutal broken guitars  heart

ENC_ wrote:

A rad return to an oldie. Does removing the sm7b's windscreen help the tone of the mic? I am imagining it might sound a bit closer to a condenser.

thank you! i'm not sure how much it helps the tone, but i like the idea of the sound hitting the mic directly rather than singing through foam. i also just don't like the way the windscreen feels (i can be particular about sensory stuff sometimes). i find that if i angle the mic a little bit that i don't tend to have any bad pops so i just kinda got in the habit of doing that  smile

djippy wrote:

Nicely done.

I quite like your vocals over those beautiful acoustic guitar chords.

Beautiful vocals harmonies, you feel it more than hear it which is great.

The stings starting at 3min are a very nice touch.

I was truly touched by the song.

Well played!

thank you, that means a lot to me. and yeah, that sound that comes in around 3mins was my bass. i was using a fuzz pedal (a borrowed Greer Super Hornet) and the tremolo on the amp and was trying to get a little bit of a bowed bass or cello feel.

Q-Rosh wrote:

I love your songs very much, feel so connected to the mood you create. it is familiar music to me, that always picks me up.
Then I was checking out your „old“ version and was blown away from your discography.  Incredible!!!

thanks again, Q-Rosh. your comments always feel so heartfelt and i'm so glad you are connecting with these songs. and thanks for checking out the oldies!  heart

mzunguko wrote:
Q-Rosh wrote:

I love your songs very much, feel so connected to the mood you create. it is familiar music to me, that always picks me up.
Then I was checking out your „old“ version and was blown away from your discography.  Incredible!!!

This ^^^^^

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Napear wrote:

Damn... this is great... I find myself speechless... just great.  I love everything about this song, from the opening pad, to the robins singing softly in the background near the end... absolutely masterful.

thank you, Napear! i had to leave the window open, that robin was singing so sweetly. and i had fun putting that pad together for the beginning. there are 2 tracks of my Casio SK5 (i'm pretty sure it was on the flute setting) with some fuzz and reverb and probably tape delay, and a track of a train from out my basement window. i was mixing and realized the train was in the right key so i had to record a snippet of it  big_smile

BarristerPlong wrote:

Very sad cowboy vibes. Dig this.

tips (sad) hat in gratitude

Cursory wrote:

What a song, so cool to hear a blast from the past and compare different versions. Looove the bass, feeling big but also gentle. Guitar and vocals are superb.

thank you, Cursory! i think your use of tremolo on our collab gave me some inspiration. i really like how it worked on that bass part.

Bleeoop wrote:

this is really great, such a melancholic, pretty melody. thanks for sharing

thank you, Bleeoop  heart

So glad you decided to revisit this one. Hadn’t heard it before and it’s instantly a new favorite. big_smile

you've been getting this a lot but i this is also a favorite for me as well, good work this week, cant wait for next weeks song,

I like how intimate this track sounds. The guitar is not perfect, which makes it perfect. It is alive. Loving it, with all its subtleties and dynamics. What a beautiful and haunting melody. Favoring this one.

As always, it has a great atmosphere and I love the sound quality! It's a soothing song.

Grabbed me and gave me a moment to pause and reflect. The emotion is real. Powerful song. Cool that it's an older one you brought back, its nice to do that I think. Nice to watch you perform it, and to hear some extra sounds come in. Noticed your tags, nice - love me some Casiotone for the Painfully Alone! Are they still making music I wonder?

Ooof gosh I love the chord progression of this.  Your vocals sound great and the overall recording gave me Elliott feels heart  The repeating guitar theme has a nice effect as it moves forward.  Those chord changes at 4:26ish ooof tug on my heart strings.  Sorry to be so late to this but dang another gem for an album! smile

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