tuesday songs

performed by Kai Widmann

It's been my new year's resolution for 2011 to spend more time making/recording/mixing music. To force myself into doing so, I decided to put up this page and post one song I recorded every tuesday.
After eight months I couldn't go on with this. Having a stressful job and a family leaves not enough room to post on a weekly basis. But I will continue posting songs every once in a while. If you don't want to miss a song, you can follow me on SoundCloud or twitter or subscribe to my RSS-Feed.

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Song 16: Alyda (Yo La Tengo)

20 April 2011 - Finally a new recording. And what a joy it was to make. I was joined by my dear friends Handrin and Miguel, so this is the first time I had help recording a new tuesday song. The song itself ain't new at all, it's been with me for many many years, though I hadn't played it for quite some time. It was one of the first cover songs I did with my former band Hey Nonny Nonny. Playing it with Handrin again, who was Hey Nonny Nonny's drummer, was like a time machine.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar / Miguel Barrios: backing vocals / Handrin Fahmi: percussion

recorded on 19 April 2011

music and lyrics by Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan

originally released on Yo La Tengo - President Yo La Tengo (1989)

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Song 15: You'll See (Madonna)

12 April 2011 - As I feared I didn't find the time to record a new song. Maybe next week. This one was again taken from a record I made with Philipp. He took the song and converted it from 4/4 to 3/4 time. I didn't know the original when I sang it, so the changed beat seemed natural to me. I love 3/4 time anyway. I was quite surprised to hear Madonna's version after we finished the CD.
I like ours better ;)

Kai Widmann: vocals, accordion / Philipp Weis: Guitar

recorded in 2002

music and lyrics by Madonna and David Foster

originally released on Madonna - Something To Remember (1995)
cover version originally released on Weis / Widmann - Phile y Kaili Frankfurt 2002 (2002)

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Song 14: An Interlude (The Church)

5 April 2011 - Had visitors during last weekend until yesterday and the little one went to bed late, so no new song today. Here's another one from the archive and another one from The Church. Short and sweet and the second time I used a Hammond organ (the first song with Hammond will be posted at a later date).
I hope I'll be back to recording next week, but I'm not sure. These are busy times.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar, hammond

recorded in April 2000, remixed on 5 April 2011

music by Steve Kilbey / Peter Koppes / Marty Wilson-Piper / Richard Ploog, Lyrics by Steve Kilbey

originally released on The Church - The Blurred Crusade (1982)

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Song 13: ƜBerlin (R.E.M.)

30 March 2011 - Bloody number 13. This one was really playing hard to get. I recorded about 50 or 60 versions of that song, but none got as good as I wanted it to be. In the end I lost all faith that I'll ever get it right. Well, I didn't. So I stopped trying to record the perfect version and started editing. I may be a lousy musician, but I'm a cutting room genius ;) So what you hear is an edit of maybe version 12 (I really should have stopped recording one week ago!) with some added instruments. It's not what I wanted for this song (some more instruments missing), but I really wanted to get rid of it ;)
I hope you like it more than I do.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar, e-piano, e-bow guitar

recorded in March 2011

written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe

originally released on R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now (2011)

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Song 12: Red (Elbow)

22 March 2011 - All right, the song I wanted to record for this tuesday ain't finished yet, and I'm too tired, so I won't finish it now (the neighbours are surely grateful for that decision). So here's another one from the archive. It's taken from "Perfetly Wrong", a CD I made with my dear friend Philipp back in 2003. It's still one of my favourites on this album, I still love this song and I play it often.
The song that was planned for today will be postponed until next week ... if I ever get it right. It's a new one I just learnt.

Kai Widmann: vocals, rhodes, guitar, hammond, piano, melodica / Philipp Weis: Guitar / Eva Plaß: Cello / Amin Jan Sayed: Bass / Handrin Fahmi: Drums

recorded in 2003

music by Garvey / Jupp / Potter / Potter / Turner, lyrics by Guy Garvey

originally released on Elbow - Asleep in the Back (2001)
cover version originally released on Weis / Widmann - Perfectly Wrong (2003)

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