Well, I threw up a very impulsive New Year’s song a few days ago, and it certainly wasn’t bad for a newbie who randomly decided to throw together a festive song in the middle of the night. But, it was rough and choppy. I’m optimistic on this one, but not delusional.

Since then, I’ve been drilling it, practicing the hell out of it, workout out the rough spots. So today, I can present to you a smoother version. It’s still not memorized, and it’s still a work in progress.

I also decided to use my Xmas gift card to Amazon to buy myself a decent mic(ok, mics- the gift card covered the USB one, but I also grabbed a little clip on one to try with my phone, more on the latter once it arrives.).

 

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Samson Meteorite (cost at time of purchase: $29.49.)
To date I’ve been doing everything on my phone. And, while I will say that the front facing speakers on my HTC are awesome, I also know the rest of the phone is underwhelming, so I will not be using it forever. And, I wanted to see if a stand alone mic would be better at balancing sound or at least blocking some of the grittiness. The Meteorite (which looks a bit like a big, shiny, golf ball) had reviews that claimed it was pretty good for noise cancelling, and it was budget friendly, so that’s what I decided to go with for now. The uke tunes out a lot of background noise, so it really isn’t that important from the music end of things, but the poetry stuff is another matter, and some noise cancelling is going to be the difference between me being able to maybe put together a decent digital poetry album and not being able to. That doesn’t mean I can’t utilize the new toy for both things, though.

To further test, I decided to record with my Snail instead of my Ibanez. Since the Ibanez is my quietest uke, it’s been the best one to record with (it also happens to be my favorite most days, but recording with it has been about logic – it’s just been easier to get some kind of balance of sound out of an uke that’s not very loud without amplification), so I figured grabbing a different one, and actually singing properly, would help me see how well the sound on the mic balances out compared to recording with my phone. With the phone, I definitely need to put things in the right place or one thing is going to be way louder than the other (aka-it sounds like I’m miking the instrument and my voice is coming from a land far, far away).

So! without further adieu: Samson Meteorite Mic, Snail ukulele, 365(version 2):

365(v2)

This year/let’s not wait for self-hate

and wishes wavering

chock up to fate the dreams we ate

and let’s waste the next three-sixty-five.

It’s like being alive/without being alive

because the words we swear/are only words

and I know it hurts/to understand

we’re not quite/the people that we planned.

 

So get back to getting back on track

get out there to go and look for love

don’t sit there and wait for wings of doves

settle for a little hand in hand

maybe you just need a better plan.

That last one didn’t quite work out

couldn’t figure out what he was on about.

 

This year/let’s not wait for self-hate

and wishes wavering

chock up to fate the dreams we ate

and let’s waste the next three-sixty-five.

It’s like being alive/without being alive

because the words we swear/are only words

and I know it hurts/to understand

we’re not quite/the people that we planned.

 

This year/let’s not wait/we’ve got a date

with the weight we swore to shed

on pain of dead

once the year came to a head.

Cut back/make a pact

straighten out your act.

will yourself to be

whoever you think that you should be.

And then you’ll see/it’s you and me

being bitter better than before

our hearts are getting sore

Aching/ in boots we’re quaking

but we can’t bear wasting the next three-sixty-five

We’d be happier wasting the next three-sixty-five

Hurry start wasting the next three-sixty-five.

 

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