Category Archives: Me singing without introductions

Me singing, in whichever character, with no lead in.

Snow flurries


Playout date: 2 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: my wife, Elena
Genre: Family, Song acapello, minimal intro
Music used: Acapello rendition of ‘Vdol’ po ulitse, aka “Snow flurries”
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals featured: None

This video was made as a response to Kenbank, one of my first subbers and a good YT friend.  Ken had made a video singing the Russian staple “snow flurries”, or “Vdol’ po ulitse metelitsa metyot”, and since on that particular morning, despite it being only 2nd November, we did indeed have snow flurries out on our terrace, I decided to sing the song a cappella, showing an example of snow flurrying, as it were, while I did it!

Come thou fount of every blessing


Playout date: 22 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Hymn
Music used: Cyberhymnal.net’s arrangement of hymn tune “Hyfrydol
Languages used: English
Animals featured: None

The beautiful hymn by Robert Robinson, this time sung to the tune Hyfrydol.

I did both voices, the melody and the bass part. Can you work out which is the one I’m singing on the video?

An interesting story about this hymn, courtesy of cyberhymnal.org where I also got the midi (this is allowed by them, by the way, as long as you credit, which I am doing)

Robert Robinson had a difficult time with his faith in the latter part of his life, having been converted at 17 and having written this and other hymns as a young man. The story is told of how one day, he en­count­ered a wo­man who was stu­dy­ing a hymn­al, and she asked how he liked the hymn she was hum­ming. In tears, he re­plied, “Madam, I am the poor un­hap­py man who wrote that hymn ma­ny years ago, and I would give a thou­sand worlds, if I had them, to en­joy the feel­ings I had then.”

We’re not all alone after all


Playout date: 11 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Office at ul Jazdow 8a, Warsaw
Other people featured: None, but wife calls.
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: Rita Coolidge, We’re not alone
Languages used: English, Russian
Animals featured: Fish in tank behind

You might think that you’re alone In the office in the evening and able to sing a song for your admiring public who put more dislikes than likes in the marks, but that is in fact not the case. There’s always the mobile telephone to contend with. Huli gets caught by the missus whilst attempting an all time favorite by the incomparable Rita Coolidge.

Restu kun mi


Playout date: 3 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Abide with me Karaoke track
Languages used: Esperanto
Animals featured: None

This is, obviously, Abide with me sung in Esperanto and it has been very well received by Esperantists, some of whom have asked me to do more similar pieces and I have always intended to do them – for reasons of the way my family has developed that intention hasn’t been easy to put into fruition.

For the record I didn’t do the translation – as explained in the comments, most of which are in Esperanto on YT – I took the Esperanto version from the standard little green Esperanto hymnbook “la Esperanta Himnaro” which contains hundreds of well translated hymns from around the Christian world and is a great joy if you can but lay hands on a copy.

 

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Huliganov’s first ever rant!


   
  

Production date:    30 September 2006
Playout date:    30 September 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location:    Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Hulirant
Music used:    Gremin’s Aria, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
Languages used:    English Russian
Animals featured:    None

 

This piece is the first ever Huliganov rant, and actually I’m a but disappointed that a lot of people who watch and say they enjoy Huli‘s lessons didn’t also look up the rants by the same persona. This remains at under a thousand views, and not much discussion or rating.

Hulliganov offers here his disappreciation of noisy neighbours and his appreciation of the Chinese people for not making themselves unnecessarily tall.

We’ve got tonight


  
  
  

Playout date:    26 September 2006
Location:    Home
Other people featured: None
Music used:    Karaoke track of Bob Seger’s “We got tonight”
Languages used:    English
Animals featured:    None

 

 This has not been liked much by viewers, with the result of 5 likes and 26 dislikes after 4200 views. It is certainly far from perfect but I didn’t and don’t have time to make really polished pieces.
  
  One of the problems always in producing versions of songs that some people really like – and I really like the original of this song too, don’t get me wrong – is that you’ll find that people looking for the original on YT will come up against your cover and of course if they get that one before they get the one they remember, they’ll be frustrated and press the dislike button.
  
  On top of that they might write some disparaging comments such as the few I got here. Some were positive because one or two liked the way I made a  comedy ending.

Reunchaining the melody


   
 
 
 

Playout date:    11 September 2006
Location:    Home, Ochota
Other people featured: None
Music used:    Karaoke track of Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
Languages used:    English
Animals featured:    None

 

This is probably the most disliked-to-liked video in my whole history of fillummakering, and it is not hard to see why. The rendition is dire. There’s no other word for it. But this stays in as proof of my dogged determination not to flinch at criticism, but to let it happen!

This melody became famous because of the film “Ghost” but this version is much more eery and spooky than the one that Demi Moore is listening to when she makes her pot!

Besame!


  
 
 

Video number in my collection 75
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    8 September 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Besame, a capello, 
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 31 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 514
Number of views at time of posting: 649
Number of views per day: 0,4
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 2
Comments per thousand views: 3,1
Likes at time of posting: 6
Dislikes at time of posting: 5
Likes to dislikes ratio: 1,2
Votes per thousand views: 16,9
Ratio of comments to votes: 18%

Unusually low ratio of comments to votes, but what is there to say? Just two guys mucking around having fun. Sure, we killed the song, but that’s the time honoured tradition for this particular song!

Granada!


 

Video number in my collection 71
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    31 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Granada, a capello, Lara
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 10 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 532
Number of views at time of posting: 663
Number of views per day: 0,4
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 3
Comments per thousand views: 4,5
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 7
Likes to dislikes ratio: 0,6
Votes per thousand views: 16,6
Ratio of comments to votes: 27%

 A second impromptu duet with my Spanish friend Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, who visited me at the office one day, taking time away from his massive Aloe farm in Brazil. This version of Lara’s song was not practiced, just off the cuff, and the website with the words had them all muddled up, so once again this is far from perfect, but great fun.

Amapola a la Polska


 
 
 
 
 

Video number in my collection 70
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    31 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Home on the terrace
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Amapola, Spanish folk song
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 9 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 531
Number of views at time of posting: 997
Number of views per day: 0,7
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 7
Comments per thousand views: 7,0
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 5
Likes to dislikes ratio: 0,8
Votes per thousand views: 9,0
Ratio of comments to votes: 78%

 

Fue visitado por Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, un conocido artista y amigo mio de Espana, y cantamos juntos la cancion “Amapola”.
 
I was visited at the office by a friend of mine from Spain, the well-known singer and Aloe vera farmer Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, and we sang the song Amapola for your enjoyment together, the first of three Spanish duets we did off the cuff.
 
Unfortunately we hadn’t had time to practice, it was all off the cuff, and we weren’t anticipating the frequent key changes in the track. We also couldn’t hear it as well as the computer picked it up, so the last verse is truly discordant on this. That is probably why more folk have disliked this one than liked it. It was fun though.

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