Add My Effort: A Weepies Cover
Leah and I went to see our favorite band, the Weepies, when they performed at the Fillmore this week. This was meant to be an early birthday present for her, and this song really struck me when I saw it performed live.
Our wedding vows have a recurring theme of committing ourselves to work on behalf of one another, and this song seemed like a good echo of that. I learned through recording the lyrics that they’re not as shmoopy and sweet as I thought — in this context, it seems “Add My Effort” means “you need some work”. :-/
At any rate, this was a good excuse to try out some of the recording tricks I’ve been futzing with for the last few months. Featured prominently in this song is my TC-Helicon VoiceLive GTX Play vocal processor, which adds multi-part harmonies, studio reverb, and some auto-tune (among much much more). It’s like having an audio engineer focusing on my vocal sound, which has always been a weak spot in my recordings. Also featured are the great free instrument sounds packaged with GarageBand — the lovely cymbal crashes and thumping bass are MIDI instruments I played on my new Korg Triton Taktile. And holding everything together is a simple guitar track I played on my trusty Tacoma Chief acoustic guitar.
More than anything, this track is just proof to myself that all my musical futzing is leading to solid sounding songs. Expect more soon.
And last but not least. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEAH MARIE!