Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
You Give Me Something - Work in Progress (Originally by James Morrison)
This one is for my bestie, Miss Samantha Holmes aka @sbmczh who happens to also be a huge fan of James Morrison. I promised her a work in progress of this track and so that’s what I’m posting today.
Here’s the deal: I cheated slightly. While the proper version of the song is coming along nicely I wanted to throw this together and so I’m simply chording based on the chord boxes (which is slightly cheating), and doing so in time with the music (sorta). Because of this I included the acoustic version of the song in the background to help with timing, but mostly because there was no way in hell I was singing along. So, piano = Adam and Guitar/Clav/Amazing Vocals = James (actually not sure who is playing clav, but you get the picture). Also, because I completely bombed the entire second half of the song I left that part out.
That said, the proper version is coming along nicely. I should have it down in after a few more hours of practice.
Anyways, sound off in the comments. Should I quit while I’m ahead? Or are you (three) readers getting a kick out of this?
Here’s the first entry in my “learn a song, play it, record it, upload it” series. Truthfully I learned this song many years ago, but it’d been a very long time since I had played it so it was kinda like learning it from scratch. Either way, I figured I’d start with a song I can still play moderately okay so you guys don’t think I’m the worst pianist since… uhh… [insert pianist joke here]
This has long been a favourite of mine to play, as it was one of those Coldplay tunes from the early years that was very piano heavy, and had a beautiful piano line (that wasn’t too complex for me to be able to play). It sounds even better when you actually sing the lyrics, but they’re far out of my vocal range (and let’s face it, the fact I’m presenting me playing something is nerve wracking enough - let alone actually singing along).
Anyways, enjoy, I guess. I’ve got a few new tunes I’m working on, but I doubt they’ll actually be in “performance” shape by the end of the week. Who knows, maybe if you’re lucky I’ll actually sing along for a tune… but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
Also big shoutouts go to @stephdilts who kind of inspired this whole thing, and who is a much more talented musician than I could ever hope to be. She also looks much better in a tank top than me. And her boyfriend is pretty awesome too.
On a technical note: this is recored with my crappy built in mic on my laptop on a chair sitting next to the piano. Sonically it’s a piece of shit, but what can ya do? There are also little sections where the recording skipped, and while I did my best to fix it in post I’m no Walter Murch so: deal.
As some of you may know, I play piano. I started when I was 2 1/2 and took lessons until I was like 16 or 17. I quit mostly due to the fact that I had no time to go to lessons, to practice and generally was hating everything to do with the ****in’ thing.
And then something weird happened. Once I quit I started to love playing again. I play more now than I ever did when I was actually taking lessons and actually find it a joy to sit down and just play.
That said, I’m not very good. I’ve lost my ability to count (so I just gotta feel it). My sight reading isn’t great. My rhythm, pretty atrocious. And now that I’ve learned what those little chords signs mean, basically all I’m ever doing is chording.
But I love it.
And I miss it. Being in Toronto, sans piano is really tough. Especially because when I’m home I’m always being told to stop playing (we have a loud piano, and I have a firm touch so its loud and people want to listen to their Jon and Kate re-runs…)
Anyways, I’m home for the week and have decided I want to learn some new songs (because a repetoire made entirely of Coldplay tunes isn’t ideal for parties). Over the summer I broadened my range, but I’m still mostly playing songs from English soft/alt-rock bands (your Coldplays, your Keanes etc.), with a Michael Jackson tune or two thrown in there for good measure.
It’s my goal to learn at least one new song a day, and hopefully master at least a couple. If I do I’ll be sure to share on this here blog, just promise not to laugh too hard.
Songs I have lined up to learn are a couple tunes from James Morrison, a few Keane tracks, along with the basic chords of those great Moby songs (that likely won’t translate great to the piano).
I’ve already gone ahead and taught myself a couple new tracks (I’ll Be There and the opening riff to Superstition) and gone back and relearned the Coldplay songs. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to have a great big sing-a-long.
If you have any suggestions for songs I should learn sound off in the comments, or head over to my formspring account and leave a suggestion. And a question while your at it. Make me feel as popular as @stephdilts.
Now if only I could learn the chords for “That’s What You Get for Being Polite”. Or learn the freakin’ guitar…
"You can’t be a sex symbol sittin’ at a piano" - Elton John
“Prince Michael once spilled popcorn on the studio floor, and the producer bent over to clean up the mess, fearing Jackson would have a diva-like tantrum. Instead, the megastar apologized. ‘He’s my kid. I’ll clean up after him,’ Jackson said, according to Taraborrelli.
The producer recalled, ‘I looked down and there’s Michael Jackson on his hands and knees picking up his son’s popcorn. I’m not sure you would see Madonna doing that.’”
This Valentine’s Day I’m going to my local movie theater and buying two tickets to see the movie Valentine’s Day. I’m going to wear a tuxedo, hold a bouquet of roses and have the two tickets very prominently displayed in my hand. I’ll stand outside and act like I’m looking for someone. I’ll look at my watch every thirty seconds.
When it was clear to the onlookers that I’d been stood up, I’ll leave in a huff.
I’d return fifteen minutes later and buy two tickets to Avatar. I’ll be covered head to toe in blue paint, holding an English to Na’vi dictionary and prominently holding two tickets to the movie. I’ll look at my watch every thirty seconds.
When it was clear to the onlookers that I’d been stood up, I’ll fly away on a mountain banshee.