Category Archives: Me singing without introductions

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

Old Man River (Soft Cell Version)


Playout date: 14 January 2007
Duration: 5:21
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,773
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 26
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 29.7%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 40
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” by Soft Cell, but a cover version linking that song and it’s chord progressions to the classic American spiritual genre song “Old Man River”.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

With a popularity rating of under 30%, this experiment was not very highly appreciated by the listenership on YT. But then again, whenever two songs are placed together the fans of each get all upset.

You can find a very charming piece on YT where John Denver and Karen Carpenter, both voices now late and of fond memory, combine in a medley of the Scots staple “Coming through the rye” and “Good vibrations” and even two such wondrous voices and performers as these two face a barrage of outraged comment criticism and wurzel thumbage.

Therefore I can’t feel too bad at the reception of this attempt by me to juxtapose the mincey soft cell number with the American classic, but stil I thought it was quite clever. That’s probably what lies at the root of a lot of my problems, come to think of it…

Re: StopLoveLookWalkCarryCrownDead


Playout date: 23 December 2006
Duration: 1:51
Views at the time added to HTV: 337
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 20.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This was another example of the things early youtubers did in the community, in this case it was a response to a YouTuber called Bowiechick who did a video of herself performing a song speeded up and named it using a string of verbs from the song. When you did, in the early days of YT, a video response, it automatically took the name of the video you were responding to and added the word “re” in front in the title. Now it seems to make no sense as all the responses have been decoupled, but as a memory of the features YouTube used to have when it was by the people for the people, and not Corporate special interests as it is today. Today we have been stabbed in the back, and most earlier YouTuber shave fallen by the wayside.

Unlike many of the early YT community Bowiechick is still producing videos, and you can easily find her channel.

All I think about is you


Playout date: 17 December 2006
Duration: 4:06
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,133
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 25
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 32.4%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 38
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Harry Nilsson’s “All I think about is you” 1977 – “Everybody’s talking” album.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Not so well received by some of the usual clientele, who like a merrier vibe. This is a pretty sad song, illustrating the state of mind of someone who can’t get to the person they desire above all others.

Wandering Star


 

Playout date: 9 December 2006
Duration: 4:26
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,530
Likes at the time added to HTV: 18
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 27
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 40.0%
Comments at time added: 12
Total interactions at time added: 57
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Lee Marvin’s “Wandrin Star” from Paint Your Wagon, karaoke version
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Fishtank in background with Ameca splendens
Other remarks:

This was quite well-received at first, but over time voted down, either because I had a time when opponents in debate would come and do it, or because peoples standards grew from what they were in the earlier days of YT when the community tended to encourage each other.

Either way, doesn’t matter. I know where the faults are in the rendition, these days I sing it better, and also I don’t make video to please the masses, first and foremost I make video to please myself. Pleasing or displeasing others is a by-product. On balance I get pleasure from people who like what I do, but if they don’t then I expect that anyway so I lose nothing.

What’s another year?


Playout date: 23 November 2006
Duration: 3:03
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: “What’s another year” by Johnny Logan (1980)
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Shay Healey composed and Johnny Logan originally sang this wonderful song, one of the best Eurovision entries of all time and its deserving winner for Ireland in the year 1980.

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.

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