I know it’s uncool, but I also do covers! PLUS Marjorie’s health.

Paul McCartney cover by DC Cardwell - still from video

When I was young it was considered pretty naff to do cover versions, and even now I feel a little guilty about it. Especially covers of songs by old dinosaur rock stars. But that’s what really got me into singing to begin with. As our two boys started to grow up and play various instruments, they started to jam with me, and their teenage friends would come over and join in. But like a lot of teenage boys the jams tended to consist of endless 12-bar guitar noodling or one-chord funky workouts. Or sometimes it was the Sunshine Of Your Love riff. Just the riff.

Which is why I started to sing – just to give us a bit of direction. Beatles, Neil Young, Zeppelin, old blues songs – the kind of things teenage guitarists always seem to develop a fondness for no matter what decade it is. I used to feel bashful croaking tunelessly even in front of the kids, but really, without that impetus I would never have developed either the voice or the confidence to sing in public.

Anyway, this is all by way of drawing attention to the fact that I have a channel on YouTube (youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers) devoted entirely to cover versions. I planned to do one a week, but, of course, things get in the way and I haven’t kept up that pace.

Here’s my latest, a Paul McCartney song I recorded on the spur of the moment for my wife Marjorie on the eve of Valentine’s Day, and with me having just quit my day job and started music 100% full-time, the words seemed roughly appropriate!

And speaking of Marjorie, this may not be the place to go into personal details but I’d like to mention that just a few days ago she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has to have emergency surgery, which should happen within the next two weeks at the latest. The good news is that it’s almost certainly benign and the outlook is very good, but we’d still value your prayers as brain surgery is no walk in the park.

~ DC

Remixing “Nobody Taught Me”

Current mood:

relieved

My friend Tony The Chameleon  (www.myspace.com/tonythechameleon) pointed out a little oddity on my song “Nobody Taught Me”

It was an electric guitar chord in verse 2 that was even further out of time than is usual for me, sloppy as I am.

So, of course, if a plain, ordinary ex-recording-studio-owner and über-music-fan like Tony noticed it, I clearly had no other option than to go back to the original multitrack on the computer and fix it.

I fixed it by taking that guitar right out of the second verse. Easy!

On the other hand, this was only the second halfway presentable song I ever recorded and I was rather shocked to find a lot of horrific glitches and noises in the tracks! And actual gaps throughout the drum track! About ten spaces where there was just silence – just a fraction of a second each, but very jarring. Tricky to fix, but I managed it.

One electric guitar track was covered with hiss that would make a 1975 Phillips portable dictaphone proud, and another had so many pops and crackles that I thought for a moment that I had lifted it off one of my dad’s 78s.

While I was in there, deep in the bowels of the song, I also fixed a few other things with the benefit of a couple more years of home recording experience.

DC's Epiphone Dot and Peavey Delta Blues

So, the end result… ta-da! Probably, to anyone’s ears but mine,  well, exactly the same as it was before!

But I’m calling it a re-mix and putting it back on my profile to celebrate and make the hours that I put into it seem worthwhile!

(Hey, I just noticed that there are five consonants in a row in the word “worthwhile”!)

I think this song has gone back on my profile more than any other one, which is probably because it’s still my favourite, despite being one of my earliest ones.

~ DC

PS: I know I should be working on a new song or two, but this just had to be done! It’s been torturing me ever since Tony mentioned it!

PPS: This is the electric guitar that I use for almost all my recordings, my Epiphone Dot Deluxe, with my Peavey Delta Blues amp.