In the acquisitions department, one of my favourite people and one of my favourite bloggers have signed up to be a part of the uprush family: Aim and ClosetBoy. If the two of them keep up with their intentions, the overall quality of this domain will have increased dramatically; this is why i am so careful about who i host. I love to be proud of my family. Visit them.
Oh, by the way, Muffin‘s redesign kicks my layout’s ass. Go love him! Also, Spoon has got an awe-inspiring layout coming up later this week, and sky leaves no shortage of content for you to get tangled in. I have a few more hostees coming any day now, but i’m sure you can find enough to occupy yourselves until then, right? Cool.
I never wanna retune my guitar again. Ever. I don’t know what got into me, but last night after i got done chatting with Re i was listening to a solo recording of Peter Mulvey‘s “Grace,” and i suddenly decided that it would be fun to figure out how to play it. Of course, “Grace” occurs in the tuning CFCFAC, while a guitar starts off in EADGBE. So… that took about a half hour in and of itself, and after that i still had to figure out how to play the song. It was here that my semester of aural skills kicked in, and i easily found some basic notes that had been eluding me on all other occasions of toying with the song. However, the problem with Peter Mulvey is often not finding what notes he’s playing, but where he’s playing them. I’m quite sure i nailed down his pattern on the main riff, but past that i have all the right notes in all the wrong places. Compare: me vs. Peter.
Achieving that first relative victory, i decided to move on the the more impossible, “A Better Way to Go,” which i have seen Peter perform live sitting as close as i am to my computer without being able to play it afterwards. Happily, last night was one of my so-called “magic ear” nights, and the song was hardly even a challenge … i got much closer to the actual sound of it than i did on “Grace,” though i can’t hardly play the scales that he uses inbetween chords. Compare: me vs. Peter.
As a result of all of this fooling around, i think my legendary page of obscure guitar chords (Tori, Ani, Mulvey) is going to finally make its appearance on Uprush any day now, with some fun new additions. WheE!