Monday, January 7, 2013

Snow Blind Friend

Ordinarily I prefer pro-drug tunes to anti-drug songs, but this one written by Hoyt Axton and recorded by Steppenwolf is an exception. Kicks, by Paul Revere and the Raiders, is another one.

Now that I'm recording songs by other people there are a few ground rules I should explain.

(1) No fair listening to the original song before recording. In other words, I must record the song as I REMEMBER it, not as it was originally played. I have most of the lyrics in my songbooks but I'm allowed to use the Internet to get lyrics that I may have forgotten. I'm not allowed to use the Internet to get chords or melodies, though. In general, it's best if it's been at least two decades since I last heard the song.*

(2) Only one instrument besides bass and drums can be provided by Band in a Box. All others have to be played by me.

(3) The harmonizer must be over-used. Over-use of effects is also encouraged.

(4) The goal is to end up with a 3-minute tone poem with a warm, smooth, moist and leathery texture.

* This rule doesn't apply to songs by The Beatles. I have a book, THE BEATLES Complete Scores, with every song they ever recorded accurately transcribed, so when I veer from their arrangements it's on purpose, or from necessity.