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Eagle River

By Paisleyfrog on July 7, 2024 5:08 pm

A little more music from Eagle River on the Keweenaw peninsula...

I came up with this little hammer on riff on the bari uke at the beginning of the week, but didn't quite have it right. It was Thursday night sitting at the fire when I figured out the proper progression. It was a beautiful sunset, with the cottonwood fluff floating all around us...and I looked over at my wife and said, "sing something!" So she comes up with this on the spot.

Eagle River
Summer Splendor
Open skies
Big Surprise

Eagle River
Summer Splendor
Summer snow
In the air

Eagle River
Open water
Copper mountains
Never ending

Eagle River
Open water
Summer snow
In the air
Summer snow
In the air

Recorded a scratch and cleaned it up proper this week...wind noise was a bit much to use it straight away.

Recorded in Logic
Baritone ukelele
Mandolin
Software upright (didn't feel like fighting to record my upright. Maybe later.)

Also fixed my condenser mic - reflowed the solder and all is right with the world. Maybe I should put the rest of the screws back from when I took it apart...

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For some reason I'm only able to listen to the first ten seconds. Is there some issue with the file or something?

Cute story to go with the song smile Very pleasant.

SteveSkiano wrote:

For some reason I'm only able to listen to the first ten seconds. Is there some issue with the file or something?

Huh...that's weird, it's working for me. That said, I've noticed the WB player being a bit glitchy in the past couple of weeks. Doing a couple refreshes on the page can sometimes fix it. Let me know if it continues to fight you and I'll get you an external link smile

ENC_ wrote:

Cute story to go with the song smile Very pleasant.

Thanks! It encapsulated the feel of the week.

That was a really lovely song, your wife has a beautiful voice.  I mustn't understand the ukulele so well, I didn't realize you could get those tones with it.

Beautiful grounded vocals over those nice Uke.

Nice folk vibes there.

Now it worked. Lovely song. I’d kinda like to download it and add a harmony part.  smile

lament.config wrote:

That was a really lovely song, your wife has a beautiful voice.  I mustn't understand the ukulele so well, I didn't realize you could get those tones with it.

Thank you! It's a baritone uke, so essentially a 3/4 size nylon string guitar. Tuned the same as the top four strings of a guitar, but it's strung like a uke with a high bottom string. Found it at a local store and instantly fell in love with it.

djippy wrote:

Beautiful grounded vocals over those nice Uke.

Nice folk vibes there.

Thank you!

SteveSkiano wrote:

Now it worked. Lovely song. I’d kinda like to download it and add a harmony part.  smile

Go for it! I'd love to hear what you do with it, I really like your harmony work.

I heard the opening and did NOT think "uke" - I can see why you like that thing! Lovely all around. Great feel, amazing vocals, and conveys a sense that all is right with the world. Way to twist everyone's emotions, you cad!

Beautiful. And I do love the "song something" story lol. There is such a beautiful space around the instrumentation, I really love it when I feel like I'm in the room with the musicians - just peaceful and wonderful.

I'm trying to get my upright grand repaired/restored for recording and now I'm worried about future battles in that endeavour lol

MRDRCAT wrote:

I heard the opening and did NOT think "uke" - I can see why you like that thing! Lovely all around. Great feel, amazing vocals, and conveys a sense that all is right with the world. Way to twist everyone's emotions, you cad!

MUA HA HA HA HA HA.

But really....in that moment, everything WAS right with the world heart

Bari uke is like a more manageable classical/nylon string guitar...everything I like about them, none of what I don't. I actually got rid of my classical in favor of it, it fits my playing and songwriting better.

neon liminal wrote:

Beautiful. And I do love the "song something" story lol. There is such a beautiful space around the instrumentation, I really love it when I feel like I'm in the room with the musicians - just peaceful and wonderful.

I'm trying to get my upright grand repaired/restored for recording and now I'm worried about future battles in that endeavour lol

Thank you, I'm glad the "presence" came across...this is another one I was a little afraid of overworking. It wanted space and quiet.

Also, i should be more clear...it's an upright bass, not a piano big_smile I've had it for years (rescued it from a school dumpster), played lots of successful gigs with it, but have NEVER managed to get a good recording out of it. Didn't feel like fighting microphone placement this week when Logic has an amazing upright bass sound right out of the box. (Also...can't wait to hear your stuff with a live piano in it!)

Definitely sounds "fire side" WD

The instrumental playing in the last minute is truly wonderful.

Sounds like a beautiful sunset. And what a beautiful song and a beautiful collaboration that came out of it. Well done. heart

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