Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One Wood Uke: Fare Thee Well [Video + Free Download]

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For the last few months I've been mildly obsessed with the trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis. It's the latest movie by the Coen Brothers (boom) about folk music (BOOM!) and features a soundtrack produced by T. Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford with performances by Justin Timberlake (what comes after all caps? BOOM?).

Anyway, I've been watching it a lot, which subsequently led to the featured track "Fare Thee Well" getting lodged in the wet concrete of my head. It's also known as "Dink's Song," a folky ditty that has seen several renditions over the years.

I started playing around with it about a month ago but there was one problem, it's a duet and I am (as my stage name suggests) One person.

But luckily, it's Christmas time and I decided to finally go ahead and by the Blue Yeti microphone I've been wanting ever since we shot the video for "The Boxer." With that in hand, I was able to just descend into the depths of narcissism and sing both parts myself (because who needs friends when you have DIY digital recording equipment?)

The mic runs for a little more than 100 bones, connects directly to your laptop's USB and gets surprisingly good sound – I had to unplug my refrigerator while I was recording because I could hear the buzz in my headphones and one take had to be scrapped because you could hear the "walk" chimes from the intersection half a block down the street.

So here's the latest from One Wood Uke. As always the track is available for free on bandcamp (just click the "buy now" button and then enter zero in the price window).

Enjoy the video, and let me know what you think.


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