SOTU 604 - Love & Heartbreak

So here’s a thing - a cover of a song by ’80s synth pop duo Yazoo (known as simply Yaz across the pond) - but it’s just me, baritone uke and capo (with some added reverb and effects). Not a synth or keyboard in sight - I can barely believe it myself! This is probably my favourite Yazoo song of all time - a track from their debut album “Upstairs At Eric’s”, it was never released as a single. Why not?!

It describes what I’ve always taken to be the hours following a breakup. 😢

 
A few years back, I tasked one of my advanced English classes to work together to translate the lyrics of this song from Burmese to English. I then arranged and paraphrased the resulting stanzas into a song. That song became my entry into week 408... Now, I tackle Lay Phyu's original.



Thanks, Thura!
 
SOTU 604 This is definitely a heartbreak song. Originally recorded by Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn in 1964, it was covered later by the great Leon Redbone. I recorded this in my "man cave," which is a 12' x 16' shed near a barn. Please ignore any goats you may hear trying to sing backup.
 
SOTU 604 This is definitely a heartbreak song. Originally recorded by Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn in 1964, it was covered later by the great Leon Redbone. I recorded this in my "man cave," which is a 12' x 16' shed near a barn. Please ignore any goats you may hear trying to sing backup.

This is great, Marty and it's really good to see you here! Did you know that your "comments" are turned off?
 
a song about love i wrote and recorded this morning.
with some cartoons on white board.
words here:

His love affair with the word Love
Started when he was five years old
It wasn't a word often heard
Except on the tele and in books

Her love affair with the word Love
Started when she was 7 years old
When Uncle Christmas touched her there
"It was love, it was love, it was love."

His love affair with the word Love
Started when he was 8 years old
When daddy beat the s** out of him
"It was love, it was love, it was love."

The word Love makes the world go crazy
The word Love makes the world go crazy
The word Love makes the world go crazy
The word Love makes the world go crazy

When you say you LOVE me, and I say I LOVE you
When you say you LOVE me, and I say I LOVE you
When you say you LOVE me, and I say I LOVE you
When you say you LOVE me, and I say I LOVE you
When you say you LOVE me, and I say I LOVE you


I played my new guitalele. The crows were making noises when I was recording. Sounded like human laughter.
 
I got a request today! I wasn't too sure about it at first, and would never have thought or dared to do it on my own, but once I learned it in my key (D) instead of Susanna Hoffs' (G), it works surprisingly well. Plus the world needs more all-female rock bands.

Remember my French mando-friend Denis from a couple weeks back? He occasionally hears a new-to-him song and becomes obsessed with it. The first time I experienced this was when I asked him to accompany me, at the Esk Camp and Jam where we first met, on "Down Under". (He's been here 28 years and claims to be more Aussie than French but had never heard Men At Work ... you decide. 😆)

Well, today I got home to a message from Denis asking if I could do this song, his newest obsession.

Here, by request, is "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles.

 
What a great theme this week. There are so many wonderful songs to choose from. I tried the Billy Joel song, 'Just the Way You Are', with my "new to me" Baritone. Please forgive the bad audio this time, (and a few chord mishaps, as I learn the Baritone)... you will also hear a plane overhead and my dog shaking as she woke up from her nap.
 
Good morning all! I've got a bit of catching up with all your songs over breakfast.

It's the last day, so get your ukes and get jamming!

I'm currently editing the song I recorded yesterday and will probably put together another one after that, so it's a long day for me.

Looking forward to what the final day brings!
 
I did a love song earlier in the week, so it's time for heartbreak. Here's The Man Who Can't Be Moved by the Script (2008). I love that it tells a story.



Going back to the corner where I first saw you. Gonna camp in my sleeping bag. I'm not gonna move. Got some words on cardboard, got your picture in my hand, "If you see this girl, will you tell her where I am?".

Some try to hand me money, they don't understand, I'm not broke... I'm just a broken-hearted man. I know it makes no sense but, what else can I do? How can I move on when I've been in love with you?

Cuz if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me, and your heart starts to wonder where on earth I could be. Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place where we'd meet and you'll see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.

So I'm not moving.

Policeman says, "Son, you can't stay here." I said, "There's someone I'm waiting for if it's a day, a month, a year. Gotta stand my ground even if it rains or snows. If she changes her mind this is the first place she will go"

People talk about the guy that's waiting on the girl, oh... There are no holes in his shoes, but a big hole in his world, hmm. Maybe I'll get famous as the man who can't be moved. And maybe you won't mean to but you'll see me on the news and you'll come running to the corner, because you'll know it's just for you.

I'm the man who can't be moved.
 


Ingrid Michaelson's The Way I Am.

I'm sure you guys have heard this song, but in case you haven't here's the lyrics:

[Verse 1]
If you were falling
Then I would catch you
You need a light
I'd find a match

[Chorus]
'Cause I love the way you say good morning
And you take me the way I am

[Verse 2]
If you are chilly
Here, take my sweater
Your head is aching
I'll make it better

[Chorus]
'Cause I love the way you call me baby
And you take me the way I am

This is a super fun song to play. The outro is a bit complicated with the last 20 seconds having Bm, C#, Dm, Am, Ab, Gm, Bm7b5 and Fm7 all happening really quickly. I left it off this version as I couldn't play it as cleanly as I would like, but it's something to keep working towards. :)
 
So this is me laid (almost) bare. For some reason I was a little put out when @Renaissance-Man recently said he’d like to hear me “unprocessed someday soon” - my knee-jerk reaction wasn’t the best and I swiftly apologised. And then I got to thinking it’s been a long time since I recorded anything without some kind of addition, be it instrumental, harmony vocal or audio effects. Full disclosure: I added a tiny bit of reverb here, but I promise that’s all! And the only video effect I used was to blur the background a little.

This is the best track from Keane’s slightly disappointing second album, and the scenario is the aftermath of a breakup:

 
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