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When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:32:50 pm »
Since I'm flying out this coming Friday morning for a much anticipated beach vacation in Cuba, I thought I'd get this video up before I go. I have a lot to do this week before going.

This is one of my wife's favourite songs. It's quite probable that nobody here has heard of Joel Plaskett. He's a Canadian singer/songwriter. He's a great lyricist and is particularly popular in Eastern Canada where he hails from. After listening to this, I would encourage you to check him out on Youtube.

I recorded this on the same afternoon as my last posted video (Me and Magdalena). In fact I think it was mere minutes after that. Simple strumming with my thumb this time. You may need to turn the volume up a bit. I hope you enjoy it and please, check out Joel Plaskett's version after. It can be found on his album, "The Park Avenue Sobriety Test"

When I Close My Eyes

This is your number, it’s all I’ve got
This is me standing in a parking lot
This the movie that never got made
This is my heart, and it’s a grenade

Pulling the pin, running for cover
In the middle of the night
Pick up the phone, I wanna come over

Back in the day, walking your way
You read my mind, you knew what I’d say
Foot in my mouth, cat got my tongue
Tripping on clichés and coming undone

Holding your hand, running for cover
In the middle of the night
Tell me your name
Can I come over?

‘Cause you are in my head, you are in the driver’s seat
I’d follow your love down a dead end street
I would live life blind, I would tell you lies
Just to hear your voice when I close my eyes

After the dance, after the whiskey
After you left, before you kissed me
Too much to drink, stumbling home
Nobody there when the lights came on
Cutting my losses, counting my blessings
In the middle of the night
Can I come over? Are you undressing?

‘Cause you are in my head, you are in the driver’s seat
I’d follow your love down a dead end street
I would live life blind, I would tell you lies
Just to hear your voice when I close my eyes

Is this the last of the signals you’re sending?
Are we rolling the credits?
Is this the ending?

‘Cause you are in my head, you are in the driver’s seat
I’d follow your love down the darkest street
I would live life blind under starless skies
Just to hear your voice when I close my eyes
Just to hear your voice when I close my eyes
You are in my head when I close my eyes

This is your number, it’s all I’ve got
This is me standing in a parking lot



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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 02:36:14 pm »
Nicely done...
Good mix for a one off - "Live" performance!
You pick up steam as you go!

Not sure if it my bionics.. but there are some dropouts here and there? It could just be my ears...  :)

You are right, never heard of Joel. But you are also right that he can write! Thanks so much for sharing!

All my best on your Cuba visit!
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 08:12:39 pm »
Really well done,  Hilts. Thought you sang this well, smooth delivery, relaxed mellow vibe. Playing equally smooth. Thumb rather than pick helped with that warmer, gentle vibe.

I think maybe the vocal guitar balance perhaps a little skewed to the vocal. Perhaps worth experimenting with mic position when playing with just thumb.

Based on your encouragement,  I did take in the original. Also enjoyed that.

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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 08:30:18 pm »
@ LBro
@David

Thanks for listening. Glad you enjoyed it too. It really is a nice song. David, good idea to experiment with the position of the mic. I have it up on my collar which sounded fine when I was using my pick on the other song. I'll try repositioning it when I strum with just my thumb. It should make a difference.

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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 08:09:05 am »
Nice one Hilts, as David says a good polished performance and I would add a nice relaxed performance - sometimes I think these turn out the best, a relaxed performance will always be good because you’re not pressurising yourself to perform - really enjoyable to listen to!
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 07:48:38 am »
Your wife has a fine favourite song … and it is another that reinforces what you can achieve with a few simple cowboy chords.
Nicely played hilts … you warmed to the task as the song went along. A gentle and easy feeling cover.
Enjoy the holiday.
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 05:40:30 pm »
Nice! You're getting busy these days. How cool that you're finding your own voice on the guitar. Good stuff.

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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 04:21:32 am »
Nice, laid back listen, hilts, as the last song of the night for me.  Well played and sung with a warm tone.


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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2019, 12:21:25 am »
@ CT and oldhead

Thanks very much for taking the time to listen and comment.  I'm glad you liked it.
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 03:51:06 pm »
Really nice song hilts. I'd not heard it before but the lyrics and your version inspired me to look it up online and it is a very nice song. You did a good job too, playing is very relaxed and accurate to the original. Your vocal is different but in a good way.
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2019, 10:45:01 pm »
Really nice song hilts. I'd not heard it before but the lyrics and your version inspired me to look it up online and it is a very nice song. You did a good job too, playing is very relaxed and accurate to the original. Your vocal is different but in a good way.

Thanks so much Rossco. Glad you liked and have discovered the music of Joel Plaskett.
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2019, 12:08:53 am »
Sweet Hilts. Enjoyed that laid back style, nicely performed.  Enjoy the vacation.  8)
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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2019, 02:21:23 pm »
Very pretty. I will have to look him up. I love the singer, songwriter, acoustic vibe. You did well. Good job!


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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2019, 10:03:54 am »
Very nice, Hilts. I liked the mellow soft feeling of the performance. Simple guitar arrangement but sounds really good. Maybe you could try and sing a little louder in some parts, but the relaxed singing works really well overall in this song.

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Re: When I Close My Eyes - Joel Plaskett
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2019, 11:29:12 am »
@ toby Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. Vacation was great BTW. Every day was a beach day. :)

@ Pam Thanks so much Pam. I'm sure you will find many songs of Joel Plaskett that you will enjoy.

@ Johan Thanks for listening and the really encouraging comments. Boosting my vocals is definitely something to work on.
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