Wondering why I have Europa up 3 times? Read this!
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Some of you are probably wondering why there are so many recordings of Santana's "Europa" up on my profile. Well, here's the reason...
The first one, just titled "Europa Jam," was done with my dad and my brother. I played rhythm, my dad played lead, and my brother played bass. Read the Blog entry with the same title for details on that recording if you're interested.
The second one was something that I threw together as a demo, but I wanna keep it up so people can say which style of lead they prefer, II or III. I played them both a bit differently, and I quite honestly fucked up on both of them. The third version has little things like major scale tones on minor chords and a bad note on the delay at the end and just little things that make it sound like I'm utterly incompetent (which is arguably true). The one entitled "Europa II" just has little things like volume spikes in the leads that don't really sound good because they're not necessarily dynamic, but more just bad control with the picking hand (as an excuse, it has been cold in my house lately and difficult to play due to how cold my hands were).
The third version isn't done yet, though. It's, once again, only a demo for the final product (which I'd better get to soon because I'm blowing through my fucking hard drive space). Let me set the story in a bit, because this next bit won't make sense unless I explain something from the past first (believe me, you'll see why).
I just got some tapes from my Aunt with my grandfather's voice, who was a B-52 pilot in World War II, on them. The recordings are him reflecting on what it was like for him in the war because he wanted his kids, grandkids, and generations of people to come to have something from him about the war.
Moving on, my dad took a trip with him back in I think the early '80s from Ohio, where he lived, down to where I live now, in Louisiana, to visit my Uncle Bill. It should be noted that my grandfather was very close minded about music. So my dad has this mix tape with, you guessed it, Santana's Europa on it. After about the third listen through, he admits that "that Santana is a good guitar player."
Aside from one picture that I can recall seeing of my grandfather, I've never seen or heard his voice before in my entire life. I thought it'd be pretty cool to put his voice (as well as maybe some sounds of gunfire) on one of these Europa recordings somewhere, to sort of pay homeage to him, since he died so many years ago, for my family. My Aunt and my friend Logan both thought this was a cool idea (as well as my mom), so I've decided to pursue it.
So, UG, what do you think of this idea, and there's your explanation as to why I have a hundred recordings of the same song up on my profile. You can comment here or in my profile, but please comment.