Usually, I don’t write happy songs because I find sad, dramatic emotions so much easier to write convincingly. I find the line between “happy & sweet” and “cheesy & obnoxious” really difficult to tread, so I’ve written maybe two happy songs in my life. I think I managed to get the balance right in this one, so here’s a little love song I wrote a couple of years ago:
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My new flat doesn’t have space for a piano and I can’t afford a keyboard just yet, so I can only play the piano when I visit my parents. While I miss being able to play the piano every day, it’s kind of nice having to go to my parents’ house because it means that I visit them more often and still see my cat regularly (he has not forgiven me for going to Canada and is even more mad that I’ve moved out since coming back to NZ). Anyway, I mentioned in my last post that I was planning on covering Broods’ song “Heartlines” and when I went to my parents’ house yesterday I finally got the chance to record it (and to remind my cat that I still love him).
It’s May, which means it’s NZ Music Month! NZ Music Month is a celebration of the wicked homegrown talent of kiwis, with radio stations playing more local tunes and people focusing on how awesome kiwi musicians are.
Lorde is very probably NZ’s most famous musician, so I figured May would be the perfect opportunity to cover her new song (no, not the one about green lights, the other new song). I love it when big artists release songs with very simple instrumentation (especially when it’s piano-based) because it really shows off their vocals and also makes it super easy for solo acts like to me do a decent cover.
Throughout the month of May I’m going to do my utmost to record some more kiwi covers (maybe an original too?) because NZ truly does have some incredible talent that deserves more love.
Coming back to NZ meant reuniting with my lovely piano, which I missed dearly. Any time I found a piano in Canada I played it, but that only amounted to about 10 times (strangely enough, you don’t often find pianos just hanging around) so I’ve been super excited to actually have regular access to a piano again.
The other day I had a full face of makeup on because I had a job interview, so I figured it was the perfect time to finally record a cover on the piano. Despite the fact that I’ve been playing since I was 9 years old and I know this song like the back of my hand, I spent an hour messing it up and cursing at myself. Eventually I remembered how to piano, but I was frustrated enough to not feel self conscious talking to the camera, so please enjoy the sound of both my talking voice and (hopefully) my singing voice in this cover of my favourite Bon Iver song:
EDIT (11/4): Clearly I’ve been away from the piano far too long because I published this under the wrong song name initially. Woops.