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When I posted my first version of “House of the Rising Sun,” I joked that I probably wouldn't be making a concept video for it like my “Cluck 'N Roll Cluck Old Hen.” Well... I should say, however, that this video does not feature weird figurines re-enacting the song's story. Sorry. ;-)

In any case, Google is shutting down their photo editing site, Picnik (on my birthday, no less), so I wanted to take advantage of some of the website's cool effects one last time. This video also marks my first posted fingerpicked song. I played it with a noter, in Aeolian (DAC), on my Yocky electric dulcimer.

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Comment by Geekling on April 14, 2012 at 3:15am

Melvin, I'm so happy to hear that the song brought back fond memories for you! I love HOTRS, too. I think it's so cool to be able to play songs that I've known for as long as I can remember. Thanks for listening!

Comment by Geekling on April 14, 2012 at 3:14am

I'm so glad you enjoyed the video and the sound of my Yocky electric, Carry! I should say that I love both of my Yockys equally (my acoustic Yocky was starting to get a little jealous there).

Comment by Melvin R. Boyce on April 13, 2012 at 10:55pm

I always enjoy that song,  I was a young man living in New Orleans when this song came out in the 60s and we all thought of it as our song as New Oleans was a town that it was very easy to loose yourself in then.  Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Carrie Barnes on April 13, 2012 at 9:23pm

Nicely Done!  And like that tuning as well as the sound of the Yocky, thanks for sharing!

Comment by Geekling on April 13, 2012 at 7:02pm

I'm so pleased you liked it, JohnH. I especially appreciate your comments about the noter-play because I admire your playing so much! Anyway, I really love the way the long slides sound on “House of the Rising Sun,” too. They fit the song so well. I also totally agree that JohnK should write a song in Aeolian. The mournful sound of that mode would be hilarious paired with one of his funny songs!

 

And, finally, I think Grape was just “particularly excited.” Electricity is Grape's favorite meal, after all. Here he is after the highly unusual, late-season thunderstorm we had this afternoon:

 

Comment by Geekling on April 13, 2012 at 6:48pm

I'm so glad you've enjoyed my videos, Karen! I've got some ideas for my next stop-motion video, but it might it have to take a back seat to the object in the long rectangular that arrived a week ago. It's my fault that I even know about it at all. I should've known not to peek outside when the UPS guy rang the doorbell, considering my birthday was just around the corner! I still don't know the maker, though. When I brought it inside, I turned the box around so I couldn't see the label. And, no, that wasn't easy!

Comment by John Keane on April 13, 2012 at 6:14pm

JH...you might be on to something there...

Comment by John Henry on April 13, 2012 at 5:37pm

Again, something different for us to think about Steph !    I thought the noter made itself felt to good effect , and there must be one h... of a finish on that Yocky, judging from the glare that's coming off of it .   Well worth the effort !   (thanks for your remarks on 'Midnight')

JohnH

to JK.   I bet you could produce some really 'dark' lyrics using DAc tuning, one of my favourites

Comment by Karen Keane on April 13, 2012 at 5:36pm

Very cool effects that you added, but I like the Cluck and Roll stuff much better.  I know that it was probably a lot more work on your part.  Both are very creative and cooooolllllllll!

Comment by Geekling on April 13, 2012 at 5:23pm

Thanks so much, Wayne! I'm really glad you liked it!

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