A Whiter Shade of Pale

This song has been stuck in my head since I first heard it in college. I love playing the descending bass line on the guitar and had intended to record a version with a melodica or accordion for the organ part. But it’s too beautiful to mess around with. So, here’s my take using a cheap Yamaha keyboard hooked up to GarageBand with the “Lighter Shade” midi organ sound.

If you are somehow not familiar with the amazing original, give it a listen:

Brandi Carlile cover contest

Brandi Carlile has a cover contest going right now. Top 5 will be picked by YouTube view counts and then judges will select the winner among them. Winner gets a trip to Los Angeles and some time on stage with the band at The Orpheum Theater.

Here’s my entry, which includes some cheezy mini-me effects with a green screen that I hope will win the judges over.

Vote here.

It Is Well With My Soul

This is a favorite Christian hymn, lyrics written by Horatio Spafford in the 1870s after his 2-yr-old son died in the Great Chicago Fire, his finances fell apart, and his four daughters drowned in a shipwreck.

It has been a source of comfort for me. Chris Rice has a great version in his Hymns Project.

(By the way, the music is┬áby Philip Bliss, the same guy who wrote Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy. Oh, and the lyrics mention Trump in the last verse.)