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27 February 2006 @ 09:59 pm
My tribute to Rufus Wainwright and the end of self-consciousness  
So after discovering my undying love for Rufus Wainwright (and not just his supreme sexiness, but also his beautiful music), I created a little something in tribute. And after writing a tl;dr post about how Harry Potter has helped me throw off my yoke of self-consciousness when it comes to music and just being myself, I have decided to share what I created.

Here it is: Hallelujah. (If it asks you for a password, just press Escape twice. It should then let you through. I don't know why it's doing that.)

I actually think it doesn't really suck at all (although there are definitely a few roughs spots; if I had my druthers, I would have taken it down about half a step, or maybe even a step), which is fairly surprising considering that I recorded it using Microsoft Word Notebook's lecture-note-recording mechanism, which is fairly shoddy. Basically, I played the accompaniment on iTunes and then just sang along with it while Word recorded it. I wish I could say I was playing the accompaniment, too, but I don't have a piano here. It's just something I bought (by accident, actually) off iTunes.

It felt so good to do this--and not just the uploaded recording, but all the practice ones I did. (My neighbors probably hate me now!) As it was in the past, I totally lost track of time and just found my bliss.

PS Be nice! I'm really going out on a limb here!
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: "Hallelujah," Rufus Wainwright
Katie: SATC-butterfileskatieowrites on February 28th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
I love that song and you have such a sweet voice -- it's lovely to listen to. Thanks for sharing it! The image of a "cold and broken" Hallelujah always strikes me as beautiful and sad.

I wish I could sing something and sound good enough to post it!
Miss Sophia: Sirius Love Puffsmiss_sophia on February 28th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) Well, it's nothing compared with Rufus's version (I am vowing never to listen to mine directly before or after his!), but it was fun to do. There aren't many poppy-type songs I can handle, although I suppose that one's more folky than poppy. It actually reminds me of the type of things I used to sing in my church choir days.

The lyrics of "Hallelujah" are so haunting. I'm still trying to figure out what they're all about. One thing that kind of sucks about the accompaniment I used is that it allows for one fewer verse than the Rufus Wainwright version, which meant that some lyrics got cut.

One thing I will never do is post myself singing something like Britney Spears or Green Day. I like the Internet, and I have no desire to break it. :P
Katie: HP - nevillekatieowrites on February 28th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Here's a whole thread of thoughts on what the song means. :) http://www.radiohidebound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

I love the version by John Cale from Shrek, too. :)