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 Post subject: Re: What are you playing at the moment?!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:33 am 
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We're playing a Summer of Love Slight Return gig next month. A handful of bands all doing tunes from ca. 1967. It's been fun learning some new old tunes since we hardly ever play cover tunes.

And I wrote a new tune that we're just starting to mess with.

Fun times.

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prof.fuzz wrote:
We're playing a Summer of Love Slight Return gig next month. A handful of bands all doing tunes from ca. 1967. It's been fun learning some new old tunes since we hardly ever play cover tunes.

And I wrote a new tune that we're just starting to mess with.

Fun times.

Sounds very fun indeed.

Part of me misses DJing.

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Why did you stop DJing?

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prof.fuzz wrote:
Why did you stop DJing?

The main reason is the tinnitus. I feel I need to protect what's left of my hearing. I take occasional jobs though, but not like before, not every month. Now I only do the well paid (or very fun) jobs. Last one I did was in early December (that was well paid, not fun).

There are other reasons too, I was tired of it, having done it so much for so long, tired of playing clubs for the kids, trying to keep up with new crap, that kind of thing. Then the club where I had been resident DJ for over ten years closed down and none of the new offers I got were interesting enough.

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I hear you on the tinnitus thing (barely, over the constant ringing in my ears). I don't plug in a guitar or go to a show now without my ear plugs, and I keep a bunch of cheap foam ones in the van in case I forget and leave my custom fit plugs at home.

Hope you continue to catch a fun and/or well paying gig here or there. Or just start a band and make your own noise.

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What am I playing at the moment? An accordion.

Borrowed it from my brother in law. Trying to do an accordion-based song inspired by Lou Reed's Kill Your Sons. One line of lyric finished - "Johnny was just like everybody else, until the day he stopped being an asshole."

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mikalebrug wrote:
What am I playing at the moment? An accordion.

Borrowed it from my brother in law. Trying to do an accordion-based song inspired by Lou Reed's Kill Your Sons. One line of lyric finished - "Johnny was just like everybody else, until the day he stopped being an asshole."

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How are you doing with that? It looks difficult to play one of those.

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mikalebrug wrote:
What am I playing at the moment? An accordion.

Borrowed it from my brother in law. Trying to do an accordion-based song inspired by Lou Reed's Kill Your Sons. One line of lyric finished - "Johnny was just like everybody else, until the day he stopped being an asshole."

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How are you doing with that? It looks difficult to play one of those.


Especially difficult since on of the straps is broken. I've played one of these before. The principle is actually quite simple. But you need to the air pumping in a regular fashion. Haven't really got that down yet...


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So I've done my first recording with the accordion, and I'm quite happy with the result. I'm faking a little, playing only the piano keys on the right at the beginning of the song, then switching to only the chord keys on the instrumental part at the end. Makes it easier for me, and also easier to record, since the sound of an accordion is actually coming out from two places.

Listerlandet (The Lister land) is a remote part of my home county, infamous for the hereditary diseases common among the inhabitants due to inbreeding. This was based on a report by a scientist in the early 20th century, and has since been disproven by other researchers. But the myth lingers on. I have never visited Listerlandet, but I'm hoping to do it this summer. Anyway, the lyrics are just fantasy, where I use Listerlandet as a symbol for economic and emotional stagnation.

The house is for sale, the boat too
Please move on, there's nothing to see here

The boots in the hall, the coat on its hook
Dirty dishes, a cheese sandwich and the coffee boiling

Since the shop closed down, it's become harder to buy bread
But apparently you're supposed to be happy, that you're not dead

The wooden gate creaks in the wind, the hook is broken
Behind the leafless group of trees there's a barn and a grave

On the horizon the clouds are gathering, above a frozen lake
They say it's going to snow


https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... sterlandet


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mikalebrug wrote:
So I've done my first recording with the accordion, and I'm quite happy with the result. I'm faking a little, playing only the piano keys on the right at the beginning of the song, then switching to only the chord keys on the instrumental part at the end. Makes it easier for me, and also easier to record, since the sound of an accordion is actually coming out from two places.

Listerlandet (The Lister land) is a remote part of my home county, infamous for the hereditary diseases common among the inhabitants due to inbreeding. This was based on a report by a scientist in the early 20th century, and has since been disproven by other researchers. But the myth lingers on. I have never visited Listerlandet, but I'm hoping to do it this summer. Anyway, the lyrics are just fantasy, where I use Listerlandet as a symbol for economic and emotional stagnation.

The house is for sale, the boat too
Please move on, there's nothing to see here

The boots in the hall, the coat on its hook
Dirty dishes, a cheese sandwich and the coffee boiling

Since the shop closed down, it's become harder to buy bread
But apparently you're supposed to be happy, that you're not dead

The wooden gate creaks in the wind, the hook is broken
Behind the leafless group of trees there's a barn and a grave

On the horizon the clouds are gathering, above a frozen lake
They say it's going to snow


https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... sterlandet


I really like that. Nice song, nice lyrics, and I love the accent.

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Minefield wrote:

I really like that. Nice song, nice lyrics, and I love the accent.


Thanks. We have the same "R" as in West Norwegian...


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Really nice, Mika. When do you tour? :clap:

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I liked it, too. Good to hear you, Mikale!

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I usually get your updates straight from Soundcloud but somehow missed this one Mikale. Awesome tune, love the emotion in it.

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MikeWaits wrote:
I usually get your updates straight from Soundcloud but somehow missed this one Mikale. Awesome tune, love the emotion in it.


Thanks. Everyone.

Yes, I guess a lot of the emotion comes from my childhood. I'm a city boy, but I usually spent my summers and some of my winter holidays on my grandparents' farm in the middle of the woods. It was wonderful, of course, but there was always a sense of intense melancholia. It was so quiet. A big old early 19th century mansion with lots of rooms that no one used. There was always a clock ticking or a fly buzzing somewhere, and it seemed loud, because of the absence of sound. Everyone was always out doing some chore on the farm. When you went into a room you could sometimes hear steps following you. Very spooky, until you realized it was only the old floorboards settling after you had walked on them.

And there was this feeling of never-ending space. Hills and woods and creeks and abandoned places. If someone's car broke down they didn't have to take it to the local dump, they just drove it slightly out of the way and left it there. Huge old rusting farm equipment everywhere like dead dinosaurs.

And there was a quiet desperation too. Finding my uncle drunk in a ditch one night screaming : "I don't want to be a farmer!" Funny, but also very sad. The young men going to the local dancehall, standing in the bushes outside swigging homemade booze before getting the courage to go in. And when they finally went up to a girl and asked her to dance they were usually so drunk that they fell over and ruined the evening.

A lot of that is in this song, I guess.

Someone else bought the farm a few years ago, and the brothers have moved to different towns. Here's a picture of the place as I remember it.

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