For our second “Roadside Session”, where we go and stand somewhere windy and attempt to record live vocals, we ventured out to Keith in Moray. We borrowed the station to make our version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound”. Alas there were no trains. 🙂
As one of the longest bands in the world, at 3000 miles or so, it’s not that common for us to both be in the same place at the same time. So when that actually happens, it’s time to pull out the recorder and find some scenic spots to do some live singing in. 🙂
Here’s the first of our 2019 “Roadside Sessions” – vocals recorded today, live in The Lord’s Throat on the River Don in Aberdeenshire – John Denver’s all time classic, “Country Roads”.
We are working on some ambitious videos for your near-future enjoyment, but in the meantime…. Andrea wanted to sneak in a simple cover of one of her favorite songs by one of her favorite artists. This is called “Great Gasp,” and it’s from Michael Flynn’s 2018 album “Pretend Like.” It feels especially relevant at this particular moment.
Back in the groove, here’s another from our suggestion list of October last, this time from Sean Lee Bourne, who suggested “The Summerhouse” by The Divine Comedy. This is a 1994 song by Neil Hannon, harking back on the imagined childhoods we might have had, and yet somehow reflecting the ones we did have. 🙂
Time to air-drum along to the song that defined the drum sound of the 1980s! Here’s our interpretation of Phil Collins’s 1980s hit song “In The Air Tonight”, with a video totally filmed on location in an abandoned city during a thunderstorm.
Happy 2019, fellow Wanderers! Our first post of the year is this classic from Simon & Garfunkel, suggested last year by Lucy Jain. We’ve been snowed under (literally in Andrea’s case) for the last couple of months, so it’s good to get back into musical meanderings!
We recorded and filmed this 3000 miles apart – see if you can spot the joins… 😉
Christmas is almost upon us, the days are already getting longer, winter is here, and we’ve been making seasonal music! ‘Tis, after all, the season to be … yelling and calling each other names, at least in this festive feast originally made famous by The Pogues and the late, great Kirsty MacColl. Our final offering for 2018, and another suggestion sent in by our friend Dereck Blackburn over on our Facebook page.
Have a great 2018 solstice period, whatever you’re celebrating. 🙂
Sometimes, when people give us song suggestions, we look at each other and go, “Oh yes!” This was one of those. 🙂
We knew from the start that we’d have to do a fairly faithful rendition – but in the end we only managed 154 vocal tracks. I know, we should try harder. And of course, with such an iconic video for the original song, how could we not do a little bit of that too?
Here we present Freddie Mercury’s opus from 1975. Please feel free to headbang along in the car.
In October we asked you for song suggestions that we might attempt as covers, and got a bucketful of excellent ideas in response! After a short hiatus to accommodate real life, here’s the second of those – a classic piece of new jack swing / hip hop R&B from 1996, originally by Blackstreet.
Chosen by Rosie RJ’s dog, apparently, it required a little more reinterpretation that is usual for us, owing to neither of us really knowing what a “homie” is (well, OK, Andrea says she does), and one of us being somewhat British. But we gave it our best shot. (We only bleeped one word. Can you spot it?)
If you spotted our teaser video last week, you’ll recognise a little of this video – we have another of your suggestions coming within the next week – from 21 years before this one – so keep watching!
Hello Wanderers! Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of our latest productions, which may or may not be related to your recent song suggestions! New covers and new originals coming soon! Watch this space. 🙂
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- Andrea on The Time Machine! August 23, 2020
- “Fictional Histories” is HERE! August 21, 2020
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