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.
There's also a YouTube channel with some stream concerts.
You can find older recordings on the page of my old band HEY NONNY NONNY.

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Song 19: Taken By A Stranger (Lena)

11 May 2011 - And now for something completely different: A new recording and a very special song! This will be Germany's song for the Eurovision Song Contest next Saturday. Even though I prefer Lena's song "Push Forward" (see week 9) and even though I think Lena doesn't stand a chance of winning again I had to record this song. My premise was to use no synthetic sounds (at least none that aren't modeled after real instruments) and no guitars.
Enjoy and please leave a comment if you like this song.

Kai Widmann: vocals, piano, hammond, cajon, brushes, e-harmonium, glockenspiel, e-piano, melodica

recorded 9/10/11 May 2011

music and lyrics by Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier, Monica Birkenes

originally released for digital download on 18 February 2011


Kai Widmann - 12 May 2011, 13:31:54

Someone told me that leaving a comment ain't possible. Right, it was broken, but I fixed it. So go ahead and let me know what you think.

Cildemac Marques - 13 May 2011, 15:26:02

Well, well, well. I've better admit that this song did really surprised me in a very positive manner.
The song is quite catchy! Your backing vocals, intruments... all perfect.
Next time I meet you I'll ask for autograph. ;)

Holger - 13 May 2011, 21:07:55

Lena steht Dir gut!

Philipp - 14 May 2011, 10:45:52

Listened to your version a couple of times now. Excellent instrumentation and good flow. Glockenspiel and melodica are really well chosen for that. As in the original, "Can't help it if you like it cause I won't be here tomorrow" is my favorite part. And because you only get it once in the song, you have to listen to the track again ...

Claudia - 31 May 2011, 12:02:44

I like this version, very much so.

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Song 18: In The Morning After (Die kaputten GØTTER)

4 May 2011 - It's a wednesday song again. My internet is down since Monday and I spent hours with support hotlines with no result. Because of this and because of other things I'm in a bad mood and that's not a good condition to make music, so I'll quit trying for today. Meanwhile another song from the archive. I'm glad only a very few people know all that old stuff ;)
That song was written in 1988 and later performed by my first band "Die kaputten GØTTER". It was originally a guitar song, I recorded a piano only version in 2001 and then re-recorded the vocals and added guitars for a CD I made for my wife in 2006.
Please ignore that the lyrics may be embarrassing ;)

Kai Widmann: vocals, piano, guitars

recorded in 2001 and 2006

music by Holger Geißler and Kai Widmann, lyrics by Holger Geißler, Kai Widmann, André Richter and Jura Kojetinsky.

played live at some concerts in 1988 an 1989, but never originally released

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Song 17: The Unforgettable Fire (U2)

26 April 2011 - I'm sorry but it has to be an old recording again. I'm sick, my voice is gone, there's no way I could record a song today. Here's another recording I made with Philipp for our album "Perfectly Wrong": "The Unforgettable Fire" by U2. It seemed like a sacrilege to record this song, because the original is so important, so perfect, so holy. I never thought we had it in us. But we made it and since we finished our version I always think that the original is a wee bit on the fast side.

Kai Widmann: vocals, piano, guitar, e-bow guitar, bass, e-bow bass / Philipp Weis: guitar, bandurria, bass / Eva Plass: cello / Amin Jan Sayed: bass / Handrin Fahmi: drums

recorded in 2003

music by U2, lyrics by Bono

originally released on U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
cover version originally released on Weis / Widmann - Perfectly Wrong (2003)

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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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