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.
You can find older recordings on the page of my old band HEY NONNY NONNY.

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Song 28 + 29: It's Raining / Worlds Blue Innocent (Die kaputten GØTTER)

12 July 2011 - It was 25 years ago today, on the 12th July 1986, that my first band, "Die kaputten GØTTER", was founded by André, Holger and myself, somewhere in Denmark (hence the strange O with a slash). That day has influenced all days to follow a great deal, up until today. There would have been no follow up band "Hey Nonny Nonny" without that day. There wouldn't have been any Demo-Tapes, CDs or concerts. And I doubt that there would be any tuesday songs.
So this date means a lot to me, and to celebrate this occasion accordingly, I've got two tuesday songs this week, representing two different aspects of our music, that stayed with us throughout the different incarnations of our bands.
The first one, "It's Raining", is the funny country song (later followed by songs like "This is my Day" or "Desert in the Sun"), always a pleasure to play at concerts, while "Worlds Blue Innocent" represents our darker side, dismal and broody. This song can be seen as a predecessor to "Mental Vibration" or "Unfading" (alright, almost no one knows these songs, but Mac, I know you know what I'm talking about).
It's mere coincidence that Holger didn't contribute to the writing of these two songs. In fact he was our main songwriter and none of those bands would have existed without his talent. I'm grateful that he stuck with me for ten years. Thank you, Holger! And thank you André for starting it all with us. And thanks to all the people who jumped on that crazy train and enjoyed the ride with us, some for years, some for months and some even only a few days: Jura, Ted, Ecki, Martin, Götz, Handrin, Andi, Anne, Claudia, Steffen, Volker, Wolfgang, Philipp, Amin Jan, Nathalie, Dirk. Thank you all, it was and still is a pleasure!
P.S.: I'm quite certain that I will improve those mixes during the next weekend after listening to them a few times. Because of my job I didn't have much time, mixing two songs in six hours is not an easy task, so come back here and check, I'll leave a note when I upload new versions.

It's Raining - Kai Widmann: vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, jaw harp, bass / Holger Geißler: electric guitar / Ecki Willer: drums
Worlds Blue Innocent - Kai Widmann: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, accordion / Holger Geißler - electric guitar / Ecki Willer: drums

recorded in July 1990, mixed 11th and 12th July 2011

It's Raining - music by Jura Kojetinsky and Kai Widman, lyrics by Jura Kojetinsky
Worlds Blue Innocent - music and lyrics by André Richter, Kai Widmann and Jura Kojetinsky

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

Comments

Mac - 18 July 2011, 15:05:29

Hello there!

What should I say on this very special celebration?
It would be impossible to imagine that in 12th July 1986 I was 11 years old and somewhere in Europe 3 friends had a meeting that would change my life forever.
Without that meeting I would never have met Kai and would not have visited Germany so often.

I wouldn't have had my beloved songs as my life's soundtrack and I really can't imagine my life without "Mental Vibration, Heyday!, Never again, This is my day, Now, Just a World, Prison, Sea of Dryness and a lot more"

Each song had a special moment to turn itself into a lifetime memory like "HEYDAY!" which I used to play every Saturday morning to celebrate my happiness to start a weekend and also my darkest moments as when I knew that my mom had cancer and had to fight for her life. Back then I was listening to Prison when I got the bad news and it supported me on my depression and, unexpectedly, made me stronger reliving my tension - mom is great and cured.

Grow had really something Special not only for me but for my friends. Once we (Flúvio and I) drove from Brasilia to São Paulo for 12 hours and then 12 hours driving back and the top HIT was Grow's CD. I still remember us listening and singing most of the songs billions of times. That happened in 1996 I guess. I didn't know Kai or Handrin back then but their work/fun was already part of some people's life in South America.

Following the timeline, "Never Again" was love theme for some friends who never had the chance to see any "Nonny" but was deeply in love for some girl listening to their hits.

Thanks to this special date I visited Kai and we became friends. Our friendship only brought me good things, good laughs, good emotions with music and motivated me to learn guitar which ended up in a formation of another band in Brazil called Walk. I wrote songs which was somehow unbelievable for me and I am now in a process of finishing new songs to record a CD - just for fun.

Thanks to Die Kaputten GØTTER I met Andreas - I wouldn't have visited Kai in Frankfurt in 1999 and I would never have met Andreas who is my business partner and also a friend who is more than family and Andreas would never have moved to Brazil in 2004 and it is idle to suppose that all that could happen without the meeting that 3 friends had in Denmark back in 12th July 1986.

Thanks to that day my life was twisted for better.

Thank you very much is the least I can say.

I love you guys!

Mac

Ecki - 31 August 2011, 19:39:38

Hi Kai and tuesday-listeners,

after many many tuesday songs - thanks for all your work with that! Now and then I'm downloading one; incredible how you manage all this beneath a completely normal i.e. time-consuming family- and work-life. Hope you get enogh sleep!
Although 'only' a gøtter-drummer for 1 year or so, the band was for my music-"career" (which did not lead so far, but at least I'm still drumming) something like the first love ... had one of my best times, ever. I'd love to meet you all again some day ... preferably at "Maria", but I guess she's out of the business!?

Mac, I dont know you, but thanks for your warm and heartfelt story!

Ecki

p.s.
Kai, the götter-songs are playable all right, but the download-links don't work (today)?

Kai - 02 September 2011, 11:52:14

Hey Ecki,

meeting you all again would indeed be great!
Download links are working now.

Cheers

Kai

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Song 27: Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)

6 July 2011 - This one's dedicated to my oldest brother Götz, who is a huge Leonard Cohen fan (and a great singer/songwriter himself, see www.goetzwidmann.de). Besides I like this song a lot, too.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar, hammond

recorded 4th and 5th July 2011

music and lyrics by Leonard Cohen

originally released on Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate (1971)

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Song 26: Behind My Falling (Die kaputten GØTTER)

2 July 2011 - All right, it's even later than last week. I was out of town and had no time to record or mix. I hope I will be on time next week ;)
This is another song from "Spuren der GØTTER", the final tape I made with my first band "Die kaputten GØTTER". This year marks our 25th anniversary, reason enough to revisit those old tracks. As usual please don't listen to the lyrics too closely. Writing lyrics in correct english wasn't one of our strongest virtues ;)

Kai Widmann: vocals, bass, glockenspiel / Holger Geißler: electric guitar / Martin Heike: acoustic guitar / Ecki Willer: drums, accordion

recorded in July 1990, mixed 1st July 2011

music and lyrics by Holger Geißler

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

Comments

Mac - 02 July 2011, 00:00:57

What a nice feeling I'm having listening to this song. Nevertheless if the lyrics is not "perfect English" since the feeling is far more important than that. ;)

Martin - 02 July 2011, 04:56:35

Uah, good to remember :)

Holger - 16 July 2011, 20:11:25

Great mix! Thanks.

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Song 25: Closer To Fine (Indigo Girls)

23 June 2011 - It has become a bad habit to post those tuesday songs late. Maybe I should call them "someday songs". Well, I have a profssional life as well and that's drawing all my attention recently. Anyway, this week it's at least not just another recording from the archive. I mean it is, but not just. I added a recorder (Blockflöte) that I wanted to have in that song ever since I recorded it more than nine years ago. Back then the song had to be finished for a birthday present, I didn't have the time to record another track and I never got around to work on it again. Not until today. So now this song is finally complete, no longer missing something in the instrumental part. And the new mix sounds better than the old one as well.
Here you go, some nice country / americana. Enjoy.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar, recorder

recorded 28 January 2002 and 23 June 2011, mixed 23 June 2011

written by Emily Sailers

originally released on Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls (1989)

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Song 24: Sad Songs And Waltzes (Willie Nelson)

15 June 2011 - All right, this week it's a wednesday song again. I'm way too busy.
There's a new Cake album out (Showroom of Compassion) and it's quite good. And this is a cover of a cover by Cake. The song was written and originally performd by Willie Nelson, but the Cake version is far better for my taste. So I tried to stay close to this. But I must admit I'm no way as cool as John McCrea (singer of Cake). Hope you'll like it anyway.

Kai Widmann: vocals, guitar, melodica

recorded 2006

written by Willie Nelson

originally released on Willie Nelson - Shotgun Willie (1973)
Cake's great cover version originally released on Cake - Fashion Nugget (1996)

Comments

Philipp - 16 June 2011, 07:36:32

Another smelly song (see Claudia, week 22). This time it would be grass and charcoal. That's hard to beat in terms of coolness.

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