Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I had my trail HSC Music Practical exam today. I sung and played (guitar) these three songs:
  • Wilco - Outtasite (Outta Mind)
  • Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
  • The Beatles - A Hard Days Night
I think it went pretty well today. Harry sounded great playing the drums lightly (like a feather, mofucka) and Alex lay'd down some sweet basslines (he is black, after all) and changed his guitar levels on the fly. The vocal levels through the PA were great, and I have Mr. Chris Paton to thank for double-checking that for me. However, my guitar level was too high for Where Is My Mind? and too low for A Hard Days Night, an kink I must straighten out before the actual HSC prac exam.

Unfortunately, my vocal performance in Outtasite was not overly spectacular, with a few flat notes that I desperately did not try to hit and I also gagged (you know when you have a really parched mouth as a result of being sick and you dry reach and gag, yeah) on nothing, essentially, during the first chorus line. That wasn't so good.

Also, in A Hard Days Night, I had my usual problem of not-actually-being-able-to-sing-the-damn-song. Uh-oh!

Lastly, on the HSC point, I wish I could go back in time and change my songs. I'd love to perform:
  • Windmills of Your Mind (Legrand/Bergmans)
  • Bring Da Ruckus (Wu-Tang go SWIINNG - REPRAZENT!)
  • Here Come The Rome Plows (Drive Like Jehu)
  • See No Evil (Television)
  • All The Way From Memphis (Mott The Hoople)
That'd be powerfully rad.

This leads me to think about which singers really fucking nail everything they do. Some people just have voices that make you think:
"Wow, your vocal chords must be lined in pure godliness"
For me, the people with these voices are:
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  • David Bowie
  • Dusty Springfield (ESPECIALLY)
  • Brian Wilson
  • Colin Blunstone (The Zombies)
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Thom Yorke
  • Elliott Smith
  • Flavor Flav (LOLJOKEZ)
But yeah, these people can blow minds by just singing. And if they are a musical genius (aka: John, Paul, Brian and Colin), the harmonies that they form can make someone crash a car if they are driving and listening to them. This is why I advised Elliot to pull over when he listened to "Son of Sam" by Elliott Smith and "Care of Cell 44" by The Zombies. He did and look, he's still alive.

I wish I could sing 1/5th as good as these people. Then I'd ace my HSC and get into encore then get all the honeys. Fuck yeah!

The Zombies - Care of Cell 44
Dusty Springfield - Windmills of Your Mind


  1. Thanks man. I tried hard not to drown you out.
    I got a thumbs up from your wife mid performance.

    HOW GOOD WAS THE CRUNCH LEVEL? The crunch-o-meter measured perfect.

  2. Crunch-O-Meter measured past "Perfect" and reached the dangerously high levels of "Paton".