I know, I’ve been quiet lately. There hasn’t been a lot to talk about on the music front. I’ve spent a bit of time getting back into Yousician (which seems to think an A flat is an A and can not be convinced otherwise in spite of every single tuning device and my ears being pretty much in agreement at about what an A is…and Yousician being…flatter than that. Categorically. Across the board. I even installed a new tuner app on my phone just to quadruple check. Ahem. So yeah, sick of talking about app tech issues of that sort for the moment), and also dabbling a bit in Rocksmith again, but it’s been a while and my feet aren’t properly wet, so for the most part I’m just going over the basic of the basics to kind of get a feel for it all again.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time walking and taking pictures, and killing my camera battery. There are pics to upload, and I need to do that, but I’ve been lazy. Not even my instagram is up to date. I think I’m still uploading from Labor Day weekend over there at the moment. The backlog here is, well, worse, because I pretty much only plug my camera into the lappy when my battery dies.
And, in the midst of all that, I’m apparently still writing new tunes. This one I decided to actually use my capo for once. I’m not sure what to do about capos. I originally bought one because when I first started learning, some lesson or other suggested it as a means of bringing the strings closer to the fretboard and thus being easier for a beginner. So, I bought one, and then never used it for that purpose at all, and it’s sort of been collecting dust since. I don’t know, maybe I was trying to justify the wasted pittance of cash with this one. I just thought ‘I want to try using my capo, because no reason’, and so I did.
Recorded in the usual jimmyrigged way – with a cheapo mic, a guitar practice amp, my acoustic guitar, and my smartphone. It’s still rough, but it’s good enough to sketch out a rough recording.
Words I Cannot Say Somebody that I used to know Died just the other day It's a sign of how we live and grow That the news leaves me with words I cannot say I never liked you much Now that you're gone I don't know how to feel Since we've been out of touch Did you grow up and make friends who were real? I'm supposed to feel so gray But it's been ages since we had common ground And I don't know what I'm supposed to say You're just gone and don't need you around Somebody that I used to know Died just the other day It's a sign of how we live and grow That the news leaves me with words I cannot say When I was young you kicked sand in my face You lied to me all the goddamn time You made sure that I knew my place That I never stepped outside the lines You made sure your light shone so bright By casting others as your shades of gray You never could admit when you were wrong I gave up and the lives we led went their separate ways. Now everyone expects me to be sad To only have the nicest things to say Well too fucking bad I don't know if you turned out alright If not for the common threads we had We'd just have been two ships and an endless stretch of night Somebody that I used to know Died just the other day the news leaves me with words I cannot say.