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Setlist: Something Real, Tangling, Real You, Unengaged, Saving Grace, Shake It Off, Naturally
I can feel so incredibly self-conscious when I’m playing slow songs. Maybe that’s why I tend to speed up so many tempos early in the life of my songs. Case and point – “Something Real” and “Tangling,” which felt impossibly sparse as I was playing them and on re-listen sound just find. “Tangling,” especially, almost never retains its tempo throughout, and most old CK recordings at it are nearly twice as fast as this one.
“Real You” is a unique one in almost every respect – the acoustic hard-rocking, the singing style, the half-open discordant barres. It’s one of my loudest songs straight-through, with the exception of the first line in the bridge. I’ve never seen myself play it before, nor have I played it through compression before. What a difference! I have some work to do to strengthen my chest to falsetto transition on the choruses.
You’re going to keep seeing more of “Saving Grace” and “Shake It Off,” the latter because I am going to keep playing it until I get it right, the former because it’s nearly in the same tuning and also one of EV’s favorites. I’m getting closer to remembering how to play “Saving Grace” in that original tuning.
I write crazy bridges. This is fact. I manage to cobble together something resembling the right thing in “Unengaged” by focusing on getting the roots right, but I’m totally lost for two whole minutes in “Naturally” before I find the roots again (although if you hang in there I kind of sort of get there eventually and manage to finish the song).
It’s a shame, since otherwise it was a solid first recording of an impossibly hard-to-play song I’ve been rehearsing for six years now. I suspect you’ll be seeing more of it in the near future.
But, seriously, how amazing is my hair in this video?