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14 May 2012 @ 06:29 pm
My previous ukulele post didn't get any comments (but I'm good with that; I'm feeling surprisingly self-confident and not comment-dependent!) but I wanted to post this next one too. (And, of course, I do appreciate comment, so please don't think this is a lack of gratitude, I'm just shocked that I'm not all nervous that I've exploded all your ears and that you all hate me now. It feels odd being so stable and centred all by myself!)

A while back I shared the lyrics to the wrock (witch/wizard-rock) song I wrote called "If You Sort Me", about Pottermore sorting and how I don't want to be Sorted Gryffindor for more Gryffindor-POV-reading. (For the record: I still have not been Sorting, because I'm reading along and finding my priorities are not giving me much time for it.)

Well, today I was practising the song because I tend to figure out how I most want to play any song based on playing it over and over again (this one has simple chords since it has complex/frequently-changing lyrics). I was recording the takes, as I often do, to see how they sounded. I was surprised to find I enjoyed one of them enough to consider posting--and now I am. It's very rough and glued together in one or two places where I had the patience to touch up a botched word/chord, but it's what the song sounds like, so I'll share anyway. (:

I was going to repost my only other Wrock song, a parody called "Old People (Got No Reason)" but I have found that the way I play it now is so different that the old file makes me cringe. So maybe I'll have to re-record that some time instead. And perhaps write more as I read through the books again; that won't be for a while with five physical library books out and one eBook out from the online library network.
Current Mood: mischievousMischievous.
Current Music: If You Sort Me -- Kiwi Littleoak/Crocus
albalark: Music Is Lovealbalark on May 15th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
As I told you last night - I love your playing and singing! This is just as wonderful as the one I heard while we were on chat. Moar, plz!
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Irma || Slytherincranky__crocus on May 15th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
And thank you again, Lark! (: Pleased you enjoyed this one! I'll admit I'm always nervous in a different way when it comes to original songs--at least with covers I'm working toward an "ideal" (trying to make it sound like a Kiwish version of that song) and my only fear is based on not accomplishing that and having a bad cover. But originals are a completely different sea!

I'll try to keep the 'moar' in mind. (; At the moment my fingers are sore from doing something like 35 takes of a song that had a barre every fourth chord--had string indents in my finger for a while! But it was for my mother, one of her favourite songs, so it was worth it. :B I didn't even end up with a version I really liked--always good singing and bad playing, good playing and bad singing, or mediocre both so I set on mediocre--but I like it just well enough, and she loved it, so all good! ("Wildflowers", by Tom Petty; there are something like 4 versions of it up on my soundcloud there. Some parts make me cringe though!)
minervas_eule: MHiU: hat patminervas_eule on May 15th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
Kiwi, your singing is wonderful: I love the lyrics you wrote and still remembered most of the text, but your pronunciation while singing is sooo great that I would have understood every word, even if I had not known the lyrics - and that is so rarely the case with singers I hear on the radio!!

Ukuleles are very practical, as they are so small and mobile, but I am not a big fan of the way they sound. I grew up with a guitar-player and my son even studied the instrument... that is the reason I shied away from listening at first. Your voice is much "nobler" than the instrument though ;-))
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Water path.cranky__crocus on May 15th, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
Thank you very much, Minnie! (I'm sorry I haven't got that email to you! I'll try to get that out soon, by tomorrow hopefully or tops the next day.) So pleased you love the lyrics, since of course I consider myself more of a writer than a musician, even if I don't consider myself much of a writer! :B But it means the world to me that you think my pronunciation is good! My mother used to hound me about that when it came to the music on the radio, asking what the point of writing lyrics was if one wasn't going to sing them in an understandable way. (As I got older I started thinking, "I'm not sure I want to actually understand these lyrics. They're either repetitious or I disagree with them!")

And that's too bad about the ukuleles! I'll admit that I am drawn to them being practical, small (I feel too small for most guitars) and mobile, but that's not what drew me in--I really just love them and the sound, especially since I've always thought my voice/personality were a bit strange. (Plus, if someone pulls out a guitar, people assume that person can play it and play it well--well enough to carry it around; if a person pulls out a ukulele, there isn't that expectation, and so either way it works out!)

I would love to play guitar some day, of course, given that I now have one (a half-size one, and it still feels big), but I think the ukulele will always be my main squeeze; I just love it to pieces. But perhaps if I end up with a different one (there are all sorts of ukuleles, some even with six strings, and some that sound lower and richer) someday, you might like the sound more.

As it is, I'm sad you have to listen to an instrument you don't like to hear my songs! Though I'm not sure my voice is any "nobler" than my instrument--it's signed by some of my favourite people, including the woman I'm in love with, up by the pegs!
minervas_eule: Maggie and Judiminervas_eule on May 15th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I did not want to insult your instrument at all, even if it were not signed by some of your favourite people it would be special to you.... just that ukulele-sound in general has me think "silly"; but: Germany is not a Ukulele-country at all - I know they are much more common and cherished in the UK for example, and I am sure they have some of better quality than what I do associate with them.... And you are absolutely right about the level of expectation, that one can only surpass when one pulls out a ukulele ;-) Here it is a little less so, as everybody tries himself on a guitar at once.

And you are right about most of the songs on the radio, where it is a blessing that one usually does not get all of the lyrics ;-)
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Faerie lights.cranky__crocus on May 17th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
My ukulele and I do not feel insulted, I assure you! (: Everyone has different tastes; I totally respect that. I can understand the association between ukulele and silly--that's certainly how I first heard it, but I started hearing serious songs on the ukulele as well and it ended up changing my views. But, in general, I do prefer to go with the silly sound since I tend to write silly things. (; And yes, ukuleles are definitely more cherished in the UK and the US than many other places.

Oh, the radio; it makes me shake my head a lot.
lash_laruelash_larue on May 15th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
I like the song, and your voice sounds deeper than I recall, nice and rich.

Perhaps I was listening too high before. I any case, well done!

Kiwi Crocus: Lips || Chill out.cranky__crocus on May 15th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! No, you're right, my voice has deepened--or at least, I've grown more comfortable with the deep voice. (I can also sing soprano--including high soprano, when someone else works with me since I've never been trained--and because it was easier to hide a soft soprano voice while singing in crowds, I used to use it all the time. I always HATED being heard growing up.) It's also that I had been singing all day, so my voice was a bit tired. (: I do sometimes miss singing in a higher voice, but I've been told it makes me sound girlish (some of my favourite artists sound 'girlish') and so I stopped for the most part. Only when I'm softly practising songs or writing them.

Thanks again! ♥ (You're up late! Or awake early? Or something in-between?)
lash_larue: Bluetlash_larue on May 15th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
It was the in-between thing. I had left the computer doing something and got up to check on it.

You could get a little sign for your uke - "Hey, at least it's not a bagpipe."

Kiwi Crocus: Boots || Boots and skirt.cranky__crocus on May 17th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Ahahaha that reminds me that when I was a freshwoman in high school, a couple of my friends started going for weekly bagpipe lessons. It was great! I had some wonderful dorky friends. :B
CaroRulescarorules on May 15th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed the song, you played awesomely and your voice is very cool!
Kiwi Crocus: Text || Inhale exhale.cranky__crocus on May 17th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you very much, you lovely lovely person! ♥ :D