Aug. 15th, 2010

binaryalchemist: (chibime)
Ever written so damn much that your arms ache and cramp and your wrists are sore? Guilty!
Problem is, we're playing next Saturday and I've got three new songs to arrange--the Emerald Rose parody "Mundania Stinks" ("Urania Sings"),
the Neil Young parody "Space Mountain" (set to "Sugar Mountain"--it's about the horrors of being dragged onto certain types of theme-park rides),  "Hard Drive" (Bob Dylan's "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall") and final polishing on The Brothers Suite: "Hero With A Thousand Faces"(Edward) and "The Soul Within The Steel" (Alphonse).  "Hero" went over well at Confluence in Pittsburgh--I want to work out more intricate harmonies on that one.

But all the work on the "HALF LIVES" project---which started as a gift fic for [livejournal.com profile] rueme for some artwork and has become a novella with over five thouand hits---edging up to six thousand now--on its host site---has had me pouring so much energy that I haven't been a good girl and picked up my guitar for days...and I'm too damned sore to practice today and there's a mob of people coming for a farewell party (roomie's daughter is moving with husband and kid to the midwest--better job pickin's) and a house to be cleaned and a feast to prepare and I still need to do laundry and scrub the tub and all that boring crap that must be done--oh, and bake two loaves of bread with my chrome Kitchen Aid bread machine that sounds suspiciously like a TARDIS cranking up....

So pass the anti-inflamatories and the Diet Coke, wouldja???
binaryalchemist: (chibime)
Certain singer-songwriters inspire the hell out of me with their genius.
One of them is David Crosby.
I DEVOURED every single track of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young  when I discovered them so many years ago. They--and the Indigo Girls--more than anybody influenced my harmony work in Antithesis. When filk legend Juanita Coulson said some very kind things about our vocals and harmonies--my thought was 'thanks, Cros! Thanks, Amy and Emily!"
One of the most gorgeous songs he ever recorded was "Laughing" back in 1971 with Jerry Garcia doing some haunting lead to David's rhythm guitar. I'm a rhythm player myself---and forever I have wanted to crack the code of this damn song. I can sing it--lord, I can sing it...but I can't play it. Well, on youtube I found a lesson that shows Cros' inexplicable tuning--and if you know the secret tuning you can play it!! That's going to be one of my goals for the next few months--to learn this song and be able to sing it AND play it.
It is so simple and gorgeous--let me share because I love it so much...

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