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Title: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: matt milton on June 01, 2012, 03:46:02 AM
This is me getting to grips with the video function on my Nikon Coolpix P7000. The built-in mics are pretty bad - the sound overloads, distorts and compresses in a really annoying way (the loudest sound overwhelms quieter ones) and the external mic jack input is hissy as hell.

Still, here's me playing an old Georgia White song on a Macaferri D-hole guitar (Saga Gitane) about a fortnight ago at a local gig in South London.

Almost Afraid To Love - Georgia White (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVdqZSHOFnI#)
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: zerobob on June 10, 2012, 05:06:35 PM
sounds good to me
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: sustaireblues on June 10, 2012, 06:09:17 PM
Now that was mighty fine Matt!
A very different sounding song, love your vocals and picking, not to mention the very dramatic angle and lighting.

Thanks for posting,
Joe


ps....only bitch, from a personal perspective, the camera angle makes stealing licks almost impossible for a hack like myself.   :D
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: sustaireblues on June 15, 2012, 06:45:36 PM
Just had to give this another listen Matt, and I still love it!

Quite a performance if you ask me. Maybe it just doesn't fit most folks idea of "country blues", but it sure works for me.

I'd like to hear more!

Thanks for posting up,
Joe
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: Rivers on June 15, 2012, 07:17:17 PM
Excellent. I'd like to hear you take on some Skip James material, you certainly have the vocal range and should recognize that not everyone can do that. Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: matt milton on June 19, 2012, 06:32:12 AM
Just had to give this another listen Matt, and I still love it!

Quite a performance if you ask me. Maybe it just doesn't fit most folks idea of "country blues", but it sure works for me.

I'd like to hear more!

Thanks for posting up,
Joe

yeah, I was a bit hesitant to post it up actually because it's more on that "jazz blues" tip than country blues. More the Georgia White, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith school of jazzy blues diva. 

Do you know the Georgia White version? That's what I modelled it on. (Although there's also a great version, but very different, version by Mississippi Joe Callicott) The Georgie White version has some amazing guitar on it, I don't know who played it, but it's very unusual. And there are some great lyrics in those songs. Very melodramatic and OTT. I'm intending to do some more filming soon - I really want to get a few more gigs in London and elsewhere.

I normally don't sing that high BTW. It's just that I'd been taking singing lessons recently and my teacher's always getting me to sing higher up.
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: dj on June 19, 2012, 07:06:24 AM
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The Georgie White version has some amazing guitar on it, I don't know who played it

Georgia White's version was recorded April 1 1938 in New York City with Lonnie Johnson on guitar and an unknown bass player.  Bob MacLeod's composer file gives no composer credit for the song.
Title: Re: Almost afraid to Love - Georgia White
Post by: Johnm on June 19, 2012, 08:30:07 AM
Hi matt milton,
I missed this when you posted it and it is really a fine job.  You sing it well, and kudos on your arrangement--not all that many players would have chosen to play it out of B, and without having heard the original I'm pretty sure that most of the harmonic ideas are your own.  Very nice!
All best,
Johnm
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