Home by the Sea by the Genesis, an acoustic cover performed by Mike Masse and Matt Hepworth.
Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/home-by-sea-feat.-matt-hepworth/id591218001
Thanks to Matt Hepworth for his excellent bass performance. And a special thanks to Maren Larson for designing the cover art for the iTunes single.
Dedicated to the amazing vocal talent of Phil Collins. His performance on the original version of this song is one for the ages. I'm so happy to finally have recorded a Genesis song. They're maybe my favorite band of all time.
Hello to dumpert.nl! Genesis released "Home by the Sea" as a single in 1983 in only one country, the Netherlands. Genesis knew Holland has great taste!
Recorded at Mike's home studio between October -- December, 2012. Matt recorded his part at his home studio. In mid-October, I suggested to Matt that this was something we could post for Halloween, since it's a ghost story. But neither of us has much free time, so we promptly missed that deadline.
1) Q: Where's Jeff?
A: Jeff and I will be working together again soon, hopefully—probably some local gigs in 2012. I asked my friend Matt to appear on this song because he's a fellow Genesis fan, and he was already familiar with the tune. And Matt was indirectly the reason I made this video. A few months back we were chatting about Genesis, when he mentioned that he had a Beyerdynamic M88, like the one Phil Collins used to use both live and in the studio. I didn't know that Phil had favored one particular mic, and I thought it might be a good fit for my voice, as well. I found a used one cheap and figured a good way to try it out would be a Genesis cover.
2) Q: What was the deal with the arranging of the toy blocks?
A: It was a recreation of the cover of the "Genesis" album.
3) Q: Did you use Nashville tuning on the guitar?
A: Yes, on the arpeggiated riff during the chorus. Nashville tuning uses the high strings from a 12-string, basically (although you can buy strings specifically for this purpose, which I did). A guitar tuned this way is also referred to as a "high strung" guitar. It has a nice jangly sound that I also used to double some of the rhythm strumming.
4) Q: Did you *really* play the intro on an acoustic guitar? It sounds pretty electric and distorted.
A: Yes, it's my acoustic. I used the Voxengo plug-in CurveEQ to match the EQ from the original Genesis intro, and then applied heavy compression. It's not a perfect simulation of the electric from the Genesis version, but it works. I didn't use any amp sims or other distortion plug-ins.
5) Q: What's with the keyboard? It's supposed to be an acoustic cover.
A: Fair enough. I used a timpani (with the pitch bend) to re-create the sound effect they used in the original. Sure, it's not purely acoustic, but it was too cool to leave out!
6) Q: Who is that amazingly cute little boy who makes a cameo?
A: Noah! :) He is doing well. I filmed this when he was home between rounds of chemo in December. As you can see, he's a happy little guy, and he *loves* music. And yes, he is actually dancing to this song. :) His little seated dancing is one of my favorite things, so I had to include it, and I thought it would be nice for people to see, since this is the first video I've uploaded in six months (since "Let It Be"). Besides, I used his toys to recreate the album cover!
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