Record a cover of Elliott Smith's Waltz #2 for my friend August 25, 2006 9:29 AM   Subscribe

Followup / second call: record a cover of Elliott Smith's Waltz #2 [mp3]for a wedding gift for my friend. [original thread].
posted by cortex (staff) to MetaFilter Music at 9:29 AM (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Key stuff, based off questions in original thread:

- Due date: 9/13 or so at the latest—the wedding is on 9/15;
- original recording in mp3 format (don't tell the RIAA);
- lyrics via IRFH right here;
- covers can be wildly interpretive, or super straight-forward, or anywhere in between;
- if you have The Perfect Idea for another ES song or a wedding related tune, I'll be receptive to a couple of those;
- I'd rather have your not-quite-perfect recording than not have your perfect one on time;
- I won't be distributing this except to him; if contributors are game, we might put up a little website for it, but we can worry about that later. (And there is, of course, Music.)

My email is in my profile; ideas/questions/submissions can be fired in that direction, naturally. Those of you who sounded even remotely committed to the idea in the previous thread will be getting a nag email, as well.
posted by cortex at 9:30 AM on August 25, 2006

I'm a few months into lessons, looking at the tab and listening to it, this may be within my reach if I practice enough. dunno, I'm going to give it a try and if it is at least halfway acceptable I'll do it. It'll be a good learning experience one way or another.
posted by edgeways at 11:18 AM on August 25, 2006

Go for it!
posted by cortex at 12:08 PM on August 25, 2006

Currently in production, in fact my guitars been tuned down a step since the original thread! Might get it finished this weekend!
posted by TwoWordReview at 1:02 PM on August 25, 2006

any idea where to see the piano part?
posted by edgeways at 3:43 PM on August 25, 2006

A quick google didn't turn up anything free, but it looks like you could purchase the piano score o'er yonder.
posted by cortex at 3:54 PM on August 25, 2006

Eliott Smith songs are haaaard...
posted by Quartermass at 8:43 PM on August 25, 2006

ok, mine's up on mefi music
posted by pyramid termite at 10:12 PM on August 25, 2006


Good god, this is going to be difficult to do well.

Missed the earlier post, but I'll see what I can do w/ limited time & resources.
posted by The Confessor at 6:25 PM on August 26, 2006

Oh man. I so want to do this. I can sort of play it on my keyboard, but my problem is getting it recorded decently.

I don't suppose anyone's up for a collaboration in the Seattle area?
posted by litlnemo at 2:25 PM on August 27, 2006

Well, Portland is kind of in the Seattle area.
posted by cortex at 3:06 PM on August 27, 2006

I just posted mine.

Incidentally, I always thought the chorus was "I'm never gonna' know you know," rather than "know you now." I must have listened to the song a couple hundred times and always heard the words in the chorus wrong. But I like my wrong version better.
posted by scottreynen at 6:42 PM on August 28, 2006

Is this still open? If so, I plan on laying down a few versions of Waltz#2 this weekend. I suppose.

And you want lots of Waltz#2, rather than lots of Elliot Smith, right?
posted by erikgrande at 9:14 PM on August 31, 2006

It's still open. Go for it. And I'm looking specifically for Waltz #2, but deviations and dalliances are being ruled out entirely, so if you get any crazy ideas don't let me stop you.
posted by cortex at 9:15 PM on August 31, 2006

Here's my take. Thanks for the fun project. :)
posted by adrian_h at 3:55 PM on September 3, 2006

This one's mine in at the eleventh hour.
posted by TwoWordReview at 5:45 PM on September 12, 2006

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