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I'm Only Sleeping - morfizm


Aug. 6th, 2009 12:34 am I'm Only Sleeping

Found a nice site for singing karaoke Beatles: http://danapannell.com/beatles/sleeping.htm

Here is a version sung by me: http://kuzmen.com/v1/files/I'm%20Only%20Sleeping%20(Dima%20Kuzmenko).wma

Here is the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrM8EL04ETI

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When I wake up early in the morning

Lift my head, I'm still yawning
When I'm in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream (float up stream)

Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
Leave me where I am - I'm only sleeping

Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
I don't mind, I think they're crazy
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find there's no need (there's no need)

Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
And after all I'm only sleeping

Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
Taking my time

Lying there and staring at the ceiling
Waiting for a sleepy feeling...

Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
And after all I'm only sleeping

Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
Taking my time

When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I'm still yawning
When I'm in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream (float up stream)

Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
Leave me where I am - I'm only sleeping

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From:miris_rants
Date:August 6th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
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nice try! You go slightly off key here and there... but the spirit is good :))
From:morfizm
Date:August 6th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) Yeah, I know it's terrible, but that's one of my favorite Beatles songs, and it really represents how I feel in the morning, so I wanted to try.

In fact, it's not a try. It's just work. I recorded it, listened to original, listened to my recording, and I think repeated it like 8 times. I am sure if I did 10x more work it would've been better.
From:morfizm
Date:August 6th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and I know I made plenty of errors in tone, but I was focusing more on rythm, because rythm was a challenge for me too. Especially, the hard part was to start singing again after the solo part (the second instance of "Please, don't spoil my day"). I finally figured I just need to count till 10, and then start singing on eleven.
From:miris_rants
Date:August 6th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm unsure if your ban on multiple comments is still on.. Anyway, yes it is a challenging song rhythm-wise too. Tone was just slightly off but yeah probably with some work you can fix that.

Hm, I wonder if I should do karaoke of something ;) I love singing. But havent done karaoke in a while.
From:morfizm
Date:August 7th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
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I have never had a ban on multiple comments (what a wonderful idea to explore!). I only had a ban on multi-level comments (e.g. it would apply if you posted your follow-up comment in the same thread), but, anyway, it expired on July 15th.

I guess the answer is in your question. Or should I tell you that you should do what you love? ;)

About the song - it's clear that with more practice I would get better. I wonder, *how* should I practice to get better *sooner*? What I did is I listened to original, while singing the song in my head in parallel, and also looking at text, and made mental notes when there was a mismatch between how sang it in my head and what I heard. Then I listened to my own recording, looking at text, and recollecting my mental notes, and noticed places where how I sang didn't agree with my notes. While doing it I made another set of mental notes for correction, and that's what I kept in mind while singing next time. I feel this approach has too much of human factor. Maybe need some more discipline and structure?

Btw, before doing this song I haven't sung karaoke in 11-12 years. Sometimes I whistled though. Here is a whistling variant that I've just recorded.
From:miris_rants
Date:August 7th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
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oh... I never said I know how to fix. For me it is intuitive. I just sing on key.. (well maybe I should sing something before bragging, lol, we'll see you maybe inspired me to something, ha!) Well, when I play piano and sometimes figure out a song I heard, I usually do hear discrepancy between how it's played and how it comes out for me, so then I literally play the same thing until this one chord is exactly as it is in the original. I don't like sheet music because I feel it limits me. I think it's a matter of listening. So yes, listen what doesn't match and get it to the point where it matches. Maybe not even a whole set of mental notes - just pick one part where you are off and then do just that part until it's right on. Then move on. That's the best I can suggest.
From:morfizm
Date:August 7th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
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Listening. I need to learn how to listen better.
From:muharred
Date:August 7th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
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He-he. I just can't wait for The Beatles: Rock Band to come out. Rock Band has nice feature for the singer: it displays the required tone and the tone you sing in. So you can see your errors online on the screen and correct them in online mode too! :-) And it also helps with the rithm - you see when there is another phrase coming on and you can match the rithm visualy.
So maybe there are some similar karaoke programs which have The Beatles songs out there?
From:morfizm
Date:August 7th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a really cool tool. Too bad it's only for XBOX, PS and WII. Do you know any similar software for PC?
From:muharred
Date:August 7th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Yup. It even tries to enforce you to sing the right words. But this feature does not work well enough yet.
There are some projects. For example: http://code.google.com/p/fofix/. Wikipedia says it has limited support of vocal tracks. Don't know how interested you are in guitar and drum tracks.
Other than that, I think there should be plenty of karaoke games for PC. Some of them should have The Beatles songs. But I don't know of any. :-)