If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you would know that I love arranging music by bands I like for solo classical guitar. There’s no motivation for me to do so other than the pure joy of doing it, save for the fact that it might put a smile on someone else’s face.
This week I decided to go local! Local Boston band H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. has been around for a while now and I’ve always dug their experimental sound. If you listen to their album “Fighting Naked” and try to fence it into just one genre you can’t. Even their Wikipedia page has a tough time saying what genre of music they play (I count 11 genres on that page—I actually think Wikipedia missed a few).
The song I went with is a catchy sea shanty entitled “Dim Allentown Cove (Part I)”. For the performance I actually got a jolly roger, which gave the video an awesome pirate feel.
And, as luck would have it, H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. really dug my arrangement and posted it on their Facebook page. Sweet!
It’s funny knowing that Brian Viglione, the drummer for the Dresden Dolls, actually played drums for H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. at one point. That means I have covered, completely by accident, two bands that he has been in (for the blog entry on my Dresden Dolls cover click here).
It’s also funny knowing that Brian Viglione, Holly Brewer (the singer for H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E.), and I are all roughly the same age and we all grew up in the same area at the same time (I grew up in Rindge, NH and they are from Greenville, NH). I jammed with a bunch of singers and drummers from that area when I was in my teens. How did I end up missing those two? That’s quite the missed opportunity.
So here it is, my arrangement of “Dim Allentown Cove (Part I)” for solo guitar, Captain Jack Sparrow-style. Arrrrghhh!