CONvergence 2016: The Ballad of Default Steve (The Minecraft Song)

I love this song.  I really do.  This is what happens when Sarah decides to REALLY mess with musical norms and meters.

I also love that Sarah sings lead on it.

And not just because DAMN is it hard.

But partly because of that.

Because DAMN.

It is HARD.

Anyway.

So, Sarah wrote this one about her adventures in the Minecraft world, and as soon as I heard it the first time I decided I was NOT going to be singing lead on it.  Of the two of us, I tend to be a little bit more “showy” in performance, and also I’m not playing an instrument so I can focus completely on lyrics and meaning and presentation.  Sarah doesn’t mind letting me sing lead on so many of her songs, but there are songs that she simply performs better than I.  The recording of “Rachel’s Song” on our album is that way.

Besides, especially after “Kitty Love,” I needed the break.

I’ll admit, my harmony is not the most inventive thing in the entire world.  It’s simple and easy to remember and it doesn’t require me to be able to keep up with all of Sarah’s shifting beats and rhythms.  I really didn’t start learning to harmonize against a melody until a few years ago — I could follow a part that was written for me, but I had trouble inventing a complimentary part that added to the overall song.  I’m still working on it.  Some harmonies are better than others.  This one is…eh?  Middling?

Sarah is wonderfully patient with my bumbling, given that she invents all our harmonies and is AWESOME.

Behold her awesomeness!

*Please note that this entry has been backdated.  Basically, the summer got completely away from me AND I lost access to posting on the site from the reliable computer I’d been using — and posting via smartphone is not as elegant as it sounds.  So, to make up for it, I’ve retroactively put this entry here.  Hopefully this won’t become an annual trend!

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