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Grugg.

Posted by Makaru , Aug 26 2006 · 40 views
Work
No real entry today. Why? 12 hours of work. Propane Training. My feet hurt. But that's okay, because I now have a week off.
~Makaru~



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Cover Charge - Baby Please Don't Go

Posted by Makaru , Aug 25 2006 · 17 views

Baby Please Don't Go
Written by Big Joe Williams
Performed by Aerosmith

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Yeeeaaahhh...

A baby please don't go
Baby please don't go
Yeeeaaahhh...

A baby please don't go
Baby please don't go
Baby please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you so
Baby please don't go

Well your man done gone
Well your man done gone
Yeah... ya man down gone down the county farm
He got the shackles on
Baby please don't go

So I’ll be the dog
So I’ll be the dog... yeah
So I’ll be the dog... get'cha way down here
’n make you walk the log
Baby please don't go... yeah

Well alright...

Baby please don't go
Baby please don't go
Baby please don't go down to New Orleans
Ya know I love ya so
Baby please don't go

And I feel it right now...
My baby's leavin'
On that midnight train
And I'm dyin'... dyin'... dyin'... dyin'... dyin'... die... die... die...

Yeeeeaaaahhhh...
Baby please don't go
Baby please don't go
Baby please don't go down to New Orleans
Ya know I love ya so
A baby please don't go

Yeah...
Yeah...
Well alright... alright... alright... alright...


About the Song:
Well, I gotta say right up that this is one of my favourite versions of the song. And I have a hard time choosing between this version and the original by Big Joe, ACIPB ImageDC and Van Morisson. Big Joe wrote Baby Please Don't Go back in the thirties, and since then it has become one of the most covered songs of all time. Practically everyone worth their snuff has done a version. And what gives it a big plus is that almost all those people have done great versions of it. It's a hard to ruin song.

But back to Aerosmith. Released on the Honkin' On Bobo album on March 30, 2004. The album itself is chock full of covers from great songs of the early blues rock era, among other rock tunes. Back when it first started to mean something (and if you know where the term Honkin' On Bobo comes from, you'd understand). The song starts off with a nice warm electric guitar and harmonica. But for some reason, Steven Tyler's voice seems distorted. We then move onto some classic lyrics with some improvised ones thrown in. I don't mind them, but they tend to rattle the purist in me. It's my opinion that if you cover a song, at the very least keep the lyrics intact.

Grade:
Quality - How does it sound?
8.5/10
Homage - Does it do the original justice?
8/10
New Elements - Do they do something new, or do they sound like the original?
9.5/10
Credibility - Are they good enough to pull off a cover?
9.5/10
Comparison - How does it stack up against the original? (5> means it's better, 5< means the original's better)
5/10

Overall:
81/100

Judgement:
They did good. The distorted Tyler kinda made me wonder, but it was a great listen.

~Makaru~



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Cover Charge

Posted by Makaru , Aug 24 2006 · 34 views

Cover Charge is going to be a new feature in my Blog. On Fridays, I will look at a cover song and comment on it. Say what I like, what I don't like, and stack it up against the original song. The first one will be posted tomorrow, and it will feature one of the most covered rock songs of all time.

But I only know so many songs, so if any of you are willing to toss in a few ideas, I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance for any participation.

~Makaru



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Will You Post Instructions?

Posted by Makaru , Aug 23 2006 · 41 views
MOCing
Every now and then, I get people asking me for instructions or breakdowns of how my MOCs look. And even though I used to, the answer I give out now is no.

Is it because I hate you? Is it because I want to remain an awesome MOCist and leave the competition in the dust? Partially. But that's not the big reason why. And to explain, I'll give you a situation in life that's almost exactly the same.

One of my coworkers is a magician. Not like one of those corny top hat and cape ones of Vaudeville, or those TV ones like David Blaine and Chris Angel. He's a street performer. He does his illusions subsided in a random crowd of unwitting people. He does it for fun, and he's quite good at it.

But he's told me that he hates to do his material for family and friends. Partially because whenever they see him, they always expect him to perform all the time and have new material. But the biggest thing is the people who want to know how the trick is done. They want it explained so they can pull off the same thing.

Magicians don't give away their secrets. They study long and hard to get to where they are. They aren't going to trade their hard work like that for nothing. Which, FYI, is why you'll never see any good magic tricks explained on the internet. And if you do, congratulations. You've ruined it for someone else.

This is similar to my position. If you ask me how my MOCs are made, what have you learned? Nothing. All you've done is emulated me. You haven't gotten any better at MOCing. Whereas if you try to mimic me from the somewhat decent images I provide, you're learning how the stuff fits together. You get something from it.


Life is a learning process. You gain nothing from shortcuts.

~Makaru~



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Some New Mocs

Posted by Makaru , Aug 22 2006 · 32 views
MOCing
My Mother's leaving for a trip soon, so I had to use the camera while I still had the chance. Count on seeing two MOC topics by me later today. One of them is a reletively recent design based off of something from a classic B-Movie cult flick. Omi knows what I'm talking about.

The second one is not only one of my better MOCs in recent memory, it is a re-do of every humanoid MOC I've created to date. It is literally been a WIP for over a year now. And I don't doubt it will remain that way until next year's Brickfest, which I plan on attending. And I'm bringin' some stuff with me. Hopefully Omi and the gang won't have fallen out by then.

I feel like imparting some wisdom today. And this one is for all the young MOCers out there. Ever have a design that you think looks kinda okay, but you aren't sure about it? Take a picture of it. Several ones. Even if they just sit on your hardrive for a few days (or in my case, years), you can look back on them, mull it over, and either continue with the project or scrap it and start anew.

It also doesn't hurt to have a few folks on your MSN/AIM/Whatever that you can bounce ideas off of every now and then about your works in progress. Just because you can't post 'em on BZP, don't make 'em evil things.

~Makaru~







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