Day 8 – 30 Day Challenge – Ryan Adams – Wonderwall

Today’s for my #30DayChallenge I’m singing Ryan Adams’ cover of Wonderwall, originally by Oasis.

30 Day Challenge – Ryan Adams – Wonderwall by Kevin Stanton

Personally, I think this is one of the best I’ve done so far. It’s a slow song and doesn’t really have a wide vocal range to it, so it demands a lot less from me than most of the other songs I’ve done.

As in all my recordings for the #30DayChallenge, this was done in one take.

The Next Big Thing Isn’t Going To Be Obvious

Did you know that Sergey Brin and Larry Page tried selling Google to Excite for $1 million in 1999? Excite turned them down.

From Entrepreneurs talk back: Straight-up feedback and advice for VCs and angels:

A first-time entrepreneur who has raised nearly $5 million for her start-up writes, “My biggest concern for the health of the start-up economy is the avoidance of any kind of original thinking by VC’s. It just isn’t rational to fund the fourth, fifth or seventeenth copycat business. I love what Floodgate’s Mike Maples and Ann Miuro-Ko say about their preference for funding non-conforming ideas because they usually turn out to be the biggest ones. They say if an company is a hot deal it is rarely a home run because it’s not original enough. The real ’10+ baggers’ are the investments no one would touch — the ones they had to defend the first few years.”

I believe that true entrepreneurs can believe in their idea to a fault, and it’s really hard to tell blind optimism from revolutionary insight. Still, the next Google isn’t going to be an un-original idea. It’s going to get laughed at a bunch of times before it finds its path to greatness.

Day 7 – 30 Day Challenge – Ray LaMontagne – Trouble

And here’s today’s song. Musically a really simple song, yet incredible due to the rhythm and Mr. LaMontagne’s incredible, soulful voice. Definitely pushing the limits of my vocal range on this one, and he also tries to cram a ridiculous amount of words into the last part of each verse!

30 Day Challenge – Ray LaMontagne – Trouble by Kevin Stanton

Day 6 – 30 Day Challenge – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová – Falling Slowly

Okay, so yes, I missed a day. It was a hellish Monday and I just ran out of time. So today I make up for it with two posts, doing two songs that I have never practiced or performed before. This’ll be interesting…

30 Day Challenge – Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová – Falling Slowly by Kevin Stanton

Let me know what you think!

Day 4 – 30 Day Challenge – Jason Mraz – After An Afternoon

Long day, but finally got around to getting a song recorded before the day ended! A friend of mine suggested “Hey Delilah” by the Plain White T’s and I started learning it but the vocals are practically a tounge twister so I’ll have to practice that before I give it a go.

Instead, I recorded one of my all-time favorite Jason Mraz songs. Guitar-wise it’s pretty damn simple, but lyrically it’s a challenge because Mr. Mraz is a classically trained singer. He has been known to sing a little bit of opera during his live shows, if that gives any indication as to his abilities.

So here goes:

30 Day Challenge – Jason Mraz – After An Afternoon by Kevin Stanton

As always, hope this isn’t too terrible for people to listen to, and let me know what you think. And if you’re a singer and can tell me what I’m doing wrong, I’d appreciate it!

And if you’re wondering why on earth I’m posting un-edited, sloppy covers of otherwise great songs, read this.

Day 3 – 30 Day Challenge – Flight Of The Conchords – A Kiss Is Not A Contract

Woo! 10% complete with my 30 day challenge. Since it’s Friday, and been a helluva week, I opted to sing a silly song by FOTC. I really would love to do “Business Time”, but since this challenge is supposed to be about singing, I’ll have to save that for fun after I’m done.

I also switched things up a bit and recorded this one in the bathroom for some nice reverb – I think it makes the song more meaningful</sarcasm>.

30 Day Challenge – Flight Of The Conchords – A Kiss Is Not A Contract by Kevin Stanton

Hopefully you find this entertaining! 🙂