Song Recordings

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
A Case of You
You’re a Big Girl Now
Song of Thanks: Danyavad

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

NEW LIVE VERSION– CHINA 2009

Please click on the player above to hear an audio recording of my performance of the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, popularized by Roberta Flack. (To listen to the recording above with the music player, click on the arrow facing right. However, this will lead to an interrupted version of the song as it downloads. To avoid this, first click on the arrow and then press the pause button. While it is paused, the computer will continue to download it, and after a few minutes (depending on the speed of your connection), you should be able to listen to the song uninterrupted.)

This is a different version than I had previously here on the blog. This new version is a live version from when I was performing overseas.  The previous recordings, done in a room, were too shallow sounding, but this new live recording gives a better representation of what my performances sound like.

Thanks to the internet and digital technology I can share these recordings with you online. Let me know if you have any comments on how I can improve the quality of the vocals, guitar playing, etc.

A Case of You

I am re-publishing this song because I have made a new recording of it which is much better than the previous one. Click on the speaker icon above to hear my performance of the song “A Case of You”, written by Joni Mitchell, and included on her album “Blue” in 1971. (To listen to the recording above with the music player, click on the arrow facing right. However, this will lead to an interrupted version of the song as it downloads. To avoid this, first click on the arrow and then press the pause button. While it is paused, the computer will continue to download it, and after a few minutes (depending on the speed of your connection), you should be able to listen to the song uninterrupted.)

I first learned this song around 1994, and relearned it in 2006. It is performed in the same key as the original, only sung one octave lower.

Any comments are welcome!

You’re a Big Girl Now

Link to Quicktime Player of This Recording

(To listen to the recording above with the music player, click on the arrow facing right. However, this will lead to an interrupted version of the song as it downloads. To avoid this, first click on the arrow and then press the pause button. While it is paused, the computer will continue to download it, and after a few minutes (depending on the speed of your connection), you should be able to listen to the song uninterrupted.)

This is a cover of a Bob Dylan song on his album “Blood on the Tracks”, which was released in 1975. Most people have probably never heard it, but the sound of it appeals to me and so I learned to play it. It is pretty different from the original because of Bob Dylan’s unique vocal style, which I could not, and would not want to imitate. So, unlike some of my other covers, which are pretty close to the original, this one is more of an interpretation.

This song is a multi-track recording. I know it is not perfect- there is a lot of background noise, aside from the errors I made in playing it. But I enjoy putting my music online, and it might take me forever to perfect it, so I have put it online even in its imperfect condition.

I hope you enjoy, and please leave any comments on how it could be improved! Happy listening!

Song of Thanks (Danyavad): Based on Indian Classical Music

Link to Quick Time Player of This Recording

(To listen to the recording above with the music player, click on the arrow facing right. However, this will lead to an interrupted version of the song as it downloads. To avoid this, first click on the arrow and then press the pause button. While it is paused, the computer will continue to download it, and after a few minutes (depending on the speed of your connection), you should be able to listen to the song uninterrupted.)

This song is a derivation of an Indian Classical music song which was on a cassette I bought in New Delhi. Since I no longer have that cassette on my person I don’t know the name of the original song, or even the singer. But the melody is so beautiful that it has long been in my mind, and I finally stumbled upon an appropriate chord for it.

I’m not even sure if the first word of the song is, in reality, “Danyavad” (which means “thank you” in Hindi). But it certainly sounded like it in the original recording. The rest of the “words” are not actually words at all- it is my form of “scat”, or vocal improvisation, which is vaguely based on the original sound of the words. In this case it is the feeling conveyed which is important, not the meaning of the words.

This is a live recording, which means it is not a multi- track recording.

Again, any comments or critiques are welcome.

Responses

  1. Nice Vocals! Silky-smooth, just like I remembered! Cheers Patrick!


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