September 8, 2014
I'm working on a few new song covers. Vocally they aren't really difficult. One of them (the first one) has a line that is done twice in the song that is a little high but the other songs are fairly straight forward. But while a lot of singers are attempting to do runs or hit major notes, I am more concerned with feel and soul and that is what I am trying to iron out here. I may have an opportunity to sing these live a few weeks from now and want them ready. I'll be cruising again and hopefully will be back in the piano bar teaming up with the piano player. This is what I do on 90% of my cruises 3-4 times per year for a week or two at a time. I sing every night. Sometimes I get to sing a song or two with the band also as well as being handed a mic by surprise at other events (at times), so we'll see. I'd like to record these if I were able to get my equipment working.
The first song is an Otis Redding tune called "I've Been Loving You Too Long."
Next is another Otis Redding track called "These Arms Of Mine."
For me, feeling is really important here and I want to get it right. There is a little grit in certain spots that I like.
Last is a Ray Charles Tune "You Don't Know Me" which is great for the Piano bar. However, I like the Michael Grimm version which I'll post here. I really like Michael Grimm and my wife thinks it a little weird that we both have a similar song list. It's just a coincidence of musical taste....believe me. But I do love his singing.
I really want to get the feeling and emotion in this song right.
"You Don't Know Me." (soulful).
What I would really love to sing is This song below by Jackie Wilson. But I know my limits. At times I can just about sing it, but it's a little strained and I have nothing to prove by showing notes I can "hit" rather than "sing" as I would like. So this song remains on my wish list. Maybe next year? ha ha. Maybe not.
And to think I used to sing rock!
"It's not how many notes you know. It's what you do with them."
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