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June 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm #134625fukujoshiParticipant
Greetings to all AMers. I trust you’ve been well.
Many of Brian’s lessons contain such strong melodies, I feel it’s a shame they aren’t fleshed out into full-blown songs.
Not that I would ever consider doing anything like that.
Not, that is, until Mr. Waits (Tom) and Mr. Cave (Nick) joined me for a recent dinner, figuratively. And, remaining in the figurative, they told me: “If we can bark-sing our way through a song, so can you.”
Consequently, after an after-dinner mint, I dug out a microphone, dusted off some drum software, restrung a bass, and contemplated the meaning of darkness and failure through the lens of EP282.
In an act of contrition, I did an inverted [reversed?] J-Pop thing, singing the theme in incongruous Japanese instead of equivocal English.
I’m always interested in how people record their submissions, and I’m happy to share my experiences so that you can avoid my mistakes so evident here.
From a dark Kichijoji,
June 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm #134638James BParticipant
WOW! Super creative interpretation Fukujoshi! Avant-garde! Way to think out of the box. That’s cool 😎!
June 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm #134653Martin WParticipant
Love the soulful vibe ,well played
June 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm #134679DieterParticipant
June 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm #134696Martin GParticipant
I remember telling Brian via email that this tune cried out for lyrics. So be it….Interesting concept that works on several levels….Bravo for taking a chance on it….Video might have even been more exciting…
Thanks for posting….
June 2, 2019 at 2:57 pm #134699satelliteParticipant
Jeez, that was awesome. I was transported to some long lost gig somewhere…or was it an episode of Twin Peaks? I reckon Lynch or Malik would make good use of you and your ‘ band’. More!
June 2, 2019 at 3:01 pm #134701Cezary BParticipant
Great idea. It has a mysterious vibe to it. I also did this episode some time ago but only added cajon drums to it – but I also thought that it should be more like a song.
June 2, 2019 at 4:43 pm #134734sciencefictionParticipant
Out of sight, Mr. Fukujoshi! Played and sung to perfection. All of your posts to date have sounded so good (dare I say professional), so cool, but, tragically, so few and far between. Please submit more–Active Melody needs your input.
sciencefiction (from universe 53)
June 2, 2019 at 6:32 pm #134763David HParticipant
Love this song and your playing and flavor of it. Yes!
June 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm #134780Hide (ひで）Participant
Wow, Fukujoshi. what a creative production. Full of original and interesting ideas. Sometimes the way you sang it reminded me of some Japanese folk singers of early 70s (who I grew up listening to in Japan). But it could be said that you also sounded like Bob Dylan after he messed up his voice (I mean the feel-wise, not your voice). So all is all, this song grows on you! Asides from all the creative stuff, you played the instrument very professionally, too.
June 2, 2019 at 8:20 pm #134787Jonathan AmosParticipant
I agree, many of Brian’s melodies deserve so much more, not least EP282. Fukujoshi san, you did a great job.
June 3, 2019 at 12:39 am #134824WBluesParticipant
Fukujoshi, that was great! Playful and vocal. Pretty professional.
June 3, 2019 at 2:45 am #134868Tim WParticipant
Love it. Has an edge.
Kind of reminds me of post rock from the late ‘90s… have you ever heard a Japanese band called ‘Mono’?
June 4, 2019 at 7:49 am #135035fukujoshiParticipant
Thank you everyone for your kind comments!
If I haven’t already, I will soon comment on your submissions.
Several of you tried to guess the inspiration for the ending. I quoted Hiroshi Yoshimura’s “Time After Time”. Definitely check him out. Warning: There are no guitars!
The ending is simply minor third / major second (inverted) intervals in B followed by perfect fifth / major sixth (non-inverted) intervals in G. All hybrid picked on the 2nd and 4th strings. And a smidgen of reverb.
Some suggested I make a video. I would love to, but I would probably spend way too much time on it and never finish it. I can’t help myself.
Hide-san: Which folk singers are you thinking of? I’d like to listen to them. I’m
probablythe biggest fan in the world of Kaji Meiko, both as a singer and actress 😉
Tim-san: I love Mono. I saw them live twice. From the Japanese post-rock cohort, I also enjoy Toe and Hyakkei. And I’m a massive fan of Bark Psychosis, GS!YBE, and Explosions in the Sky.
Until next time,
June 3, 2019 at 3:20 pm #134906BrianKeymaster
Wow, that was fantastic. Absolutely loved the tone and overall feel on this one. Thanks for sharing 🙂
June 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm #134930sunjamrParticipant
Excellent composition, Fuku. I like the way you morphed the backing track from straight to swing, and the vocals fitted very nicely with the mood. Next you need to build a nice video for it. Even if you’re camera shy, just put some local scenery into it.
June 3, 2019 at 4:33 pm #134964Peter AParticipant
You’ve taken this lesson to another level for sure ! Impressive.
June 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm #134995DougEParticipant
Wow that was entertaining. One of my favorite lessons amped up. Very dark and mysterious. I heard a lot of Pink Floyd influence in the last minute. Great job!
June 4, 2019 at 1:28 am #135023LightsParticipant
It was really cool, man! I´m sure it was a great dinner with those two guys, keep on going!
June 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm #135103JoLaParticipant
Oh My Goodness, this is a masterpiece, Fukujoshi!!! I’m speechless because I just love what you did with the lesson that I also happen to love (the most?). You’re a great artist, I’ll be looking forward to see more of your work!
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