Rise Up, Surly-Mac!




This project was very challenging for the old guys of SMOMB... 29 tracks and many struggles later, we’ve got a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “City Of Ruins” that we like. (The MP3 file is in the side bar.)

The ragged “with these hands...” chorus was intentional and we’re sort of pleased with the effect. Here are the YouTube notes:
Published on Apr 6, 2014
I watched the movie, "Jersey Girl" a couple of weeks ago and heard Bruce Springsteen's "City Of Ruins" in the soundtrack - as always, thoughts of September 11, 2001 brought tears to my eyes.

I called the boys in the band; could Surly-Mac's One-Man Band do a version of the song?

"NO!", they answered in a firm, ragged chorus. ("Ragged Chorus" is also the name of the SMOMB's vocal director...)

We did it anyway.
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For grins-&-giggles, here's the technical stuff used in this recording:
DAW = Logic Pro X
Alesis Q49 & Yamaha YPG-235 keyboards
Seydel Session Steel (Bb) harmonica
Shure SM58 & Samson C01U (USB) Condenser Mics
Zoom Handy Recorder H4n as USB Audio Interface
Sampson Media O-N-E 4a Active Studio Monitors
Sennheiser HD448 Closed Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphones

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