So this one-man festival is back again after last week's surprising win with a request from the MSP Waves PALnet crew of song that has become an iconic esotericism over there called WICKED GAME by Chris Isaac, but with a twist because it's a
Wicked Game (Chris Isaac)/Woman in You (Ben Harper) Cover mashup for Steemit Open Mic Week 88.
I literally have hundreds of original songs I could perform and most of you know that I usually like to have a particular cause or issue to address, but I hope it's ok for me to do the odd cover here and there...
As with all my live one-man-band performances,
nothing is looped
nothing is prerecorded
- My feet are playing home-made electronic foot drums (Kick, snare, open hi-hat, crash cymbal).
- My hands are playing acoustic 6 string guitar with a second set of pickups for electric guitar pad fx.
- My mouth is singing.
What's this One-man Voodoo?!
Now, I don't normally spend any time describing the complexities involved in doing all those things at once, but you see, you might just get carried away with the song, or some vocal line, or a guitar solo, or an unfamiliar chord and not realise that all the other instruments are still being played simultaneously.
In fact, that's what I'm hoping happens.
That you just drift along with the journey of the performance forgetting about the technicality involved.
But this time I want you to pay closer attention.
Breaking it down
Focus in, especially, with moments where there's singing falsetto with intense emotions, whilst guitar soloing in a different rhythm and melody, whilst playing syncopated drum beats.
jugemental musicians out there might think these things on their own, individually, might not be all that impressive (you know, "Oh I reckon such and such plays guitar better than him, or such and such is a better drummer, or his voice isn't as good as _ _ _" and they maybe be right about that independently), but together these elements are doing something quite important in the music itself.
The instruments are talking to each other and filling in completely different, yet complementary roles within the sonic and rhythmic structure of the piece.
I'm highlighting this not to impress you, but rather to impress upon you the importance of self-discipline when it comes to practicing your passion.
PASSION - Dreaming vs Being
It's one thing to figure out what your passion is or your soul-purpose on this planet is, but the difference between dreaming that dream and living that dream is as far apart as heaven and hell.
Consistent Focussed Practice.
Rinse and Repeat.
Always be on the path of mastery (as a student of life).
Always be improving millimeter by millimeter.
Anyway, I really hope you all enjoy this... AND WATCH OUT FOR THE ENDING!!!!
Blissful Blessings and smiles,
Here are my previous Open Mic entries:
- Week 87 - Burning The Candle (original) WINNING ENTRY!!
- Week 81 - Stop 'n' Think (original)
- Week 79 - Nobody's Slave Nobody's Master (Original) - Collab with Ben Lee @benleemusic
- Week 77 - Silence (waves of Life) (Original)
- Week 76 - Lean Into It (Original) - Coolab with Ben Lee @benleemusic
- Week 74 - Lucky Man Story (Original)
- Week 73 - Wings (Original)
- Week 72 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (cover)
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