Nothing Oughta Be Like Nothing (Part 3)

Arrangement Week

Okay. I’m really putting myself out on a limb here today. I’m playing upright bass on this one. Upright bass looks like this:

Nothing oughta be as hard as playing upright bass with a blistered thumb.

I’ve had one of these for a while now, but I’ve never actually sat down to even try to play it. I guess I see it more as an accompanying instrument (even though that’s ridiculous because I love Charles Mingus.) Anyway, I took it down today and got a big old blister on my finger.

I finished the third verse this morning. It came to me pretty easily without a whole lot of wranglin. The hard part was singing it and playing the bass. This recording is probably the 5th or 6th take. Which means the 5th or 6th time I’ve played bass. I’m not apologizing, though, cause I like how it turned out. The melody of the song kinda gets lost in there cause I’m focusing so hard on the instrument playing and then the instrument playing gets fuzzy when I start focusing on the new verse. But, all-in-all, I think I did a fair job of holding it together.

I probably coulda played it a few more times and got it cleaner, but maybe not. My instrument track was actually turned off by accident on this recording, which is why the bass is kinda quiet. It still got picked up by the vocal condenser, though. But it’s small things like that which lead me to believe that I probably wouldn’t get it perfect without a couple hours of practice. But who wants perfection anyway.

So, the song is shaping up. I’ll work on one more verse for tomorrow. I’m still kinda hoping for a chorus, but now I kinda think that it doesn’t need one. The title is probably also gonna be Nothing Oughta Be Like Nothing. I just made that up right now.

See ya.

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