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 23: The First Time (U2)

7 June 2011 - After my holidays I have a lot of work to do at the office. I worked too much yesterday and I will continue to work too much for the next two weeks or so. No time for new recordings. So here's an old one.
I never really was especially fond of the original version of "The First Time" by U2, but since it is easy to play I gave it a try some years ago and quickly started to like playing it. So I recorded this version for my wife's christmas CD in 2006.
New material or remixes as soon as possible.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar

recorded 2006

music by U2, lyrics by Bono

originally released on U2 - Zooropa (5 July 1993)

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Song 22: We Cry (Die kaputten GØTTER)

31 May 2011 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of my first band "Die kaputten GØTTER". To celebrate this I want to post new mixes of some of the old songs from our final tape "Spuren der GØTTER" (which was later relabled as first tape of the follow up band Hey Nonny Nonny) every once in a while when I'm away from Berlin or don't find the time or mood to record something new. I'll start the series with the first song on the tape. "We Cry" was recorded first, in March 1989, while the rest of the tape was recorded in one session in the summer of 1990. This is a special recording, 'cause for the first time a decent drummer played with us (Maik Hahn of Shyboy) and we recorded on 8 track tape for the very first time. Luckily I still have that tape, so I could digitize it some time ago. Now "We Cry" sounds as good and as fresh as never before (at least I hope the mix turned out ok, I had to do it on mid price in ear phones and some computer speakers - not the best mixing gear!).

Kai Widmann: vocals / Holger Geißler: electric guitar / Jura Kojetinsky: acoustic guitar / André Richter: bass / Maik Hahn: drums

recorded 11 + 12 March 1989, mixed May 2011

music by Holger Geißler and Kai Widmann, lyrics by Holger Geißler

original mix released on Die kaputten GØTTER - Spuren der GØTTER (1990)


Claudia - 31 May 2011, 22:09:35

It smells like beer and smoke from three days ago. I would say it is the typical Schwimmbadclub smell of the time. And I see sparklers, but I do not really trust my memory on that part. (to make it short -- very nice to have this song back)

Holger - 31 May 2011, 22:22:29

Wow! Digital is amazing! I'm sure it didn't sounded that perfect when we recorded it. You really can hear the large stairway where most of the instruments were recorded. Sounds better as always before!

Mac - 01 June 2011, 01:48:08

Hey! That sounds fresh and much better than the tape I got from you back in 1994 or something like that.
For the first time I could appreciate Holger's guitar on it - my old tape was really noisy.

This song takes me back to "my old self" going back home with my old Sony Walkman. hooooo!!! That was long ago.
Let me play it again. ;)

Holger - 01 June 2011, 19:20:26

Mac, your are right: The guitar always sounded out of tune. And even that is better thru the magic of Kais hands and probably a lot of magic software.

Kai Widmann - 01 June 2011, 21:55:28

Holger, there was no magic software involved. There's just some equalizer and reverb. Well and some amp simulations on your guitar ;) But no auto tune or whatever, only stuff that could have been done back in the 80s as well with the right equipment. I think the most important improvement is that this is not a copy of a copy of a copy from an original tape made on some cheap tape decks ;)

Mac - 02 June 2011, 19:02:11

Holger, I don't really think I have any record from HNN with out tuned guitar and believe me I have quite some songs from you guys. ;)
By the way, now that I have the change to say so: You have quite a unique DNA when playing guitar. I believe I could recognize you playing guitar in a any circumstance. I wish I could be there in one of your concerts. ;)
I'll stop now otherwise it will make Kai's page looks like a forum. :)

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Song 21: Magic (Ben Folds Five)

24 May 2011 - After my last recording (Taken By A Stranger, see week 19) I had to go back to the basics, back to my boring self ;) So this week it's just guitar and vocals.
I always wanted to do a cover of a Ben Folds song. Now I did a cover of a song from his band Ben Folds Five, but the song was written by the drummer Darren Jessee, the guy who also wrote the very first tuesday song "Blue Always Finds Me" (see week 1). So Ben Folds is yet to be covered.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar

recorded 23 May 2011, mixed 24 May 2011

music and lyrics by Darren Jessee

originally released on Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999)


Sunshine - 24 May 2011, 22:42:24

Love your version of Magic by Ben Folds Five. You really did it justice. It's really beautiful! <3

Mac - 25 May 2011, 02:49:37

"Magic" is one of my favourites Ben Folds song. When I saw that on your page I thought "well, too bad! It's impossible to play something I like". Then again you came with a new proposal on a very different perspective. Actually, your perspective, your touch which is me somehow. In the end, I liked it.

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Song 20: Moon Over Bourbon Street (Sting)

17 May 2011 - Our little son is on a trip with his kindergarten, he's away for the whole week, so we use our temporary childlessness to go out every night. Hence no time to record a new song (after "Taken By A Stranger" it's hard to return to my usual stuff anyway), so this recording from 2006 will have to do. It's again taken from "Perfectly Wrong", the record I made with my dear friend Philipp. I'm glad to have that in my "back catalogue" ;)

Kai Widmann: vocals, piano / Philipp Weis: guitar, piano / Amin Jan Sayed: bass

recorded 2003

music and lyrics by Sting

originally released on Sting - The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, 1985
cover version originally released on Weis / Widmann - Perfectly Wrong (2003)

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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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