I cannot be smooth.


Can I plead temporary insanity on this? I’m not sure where the idea came from. I was aware of Nate Dogg and Warren G’s hit “Regulate” from what was one of the epic-est Wikipedia entries of all time. Then people brought Yacht Rock to my attention, which gives the background story to the song (YT). I liked the bass line, and thought it might fall somewhere within the vicinity of my limited abilities.  As I listened to Nate and Warren’s delivery, something about the cadence made me think of the old Rolling Stones song, “Rip This Joint.” So I wondered if I could put them together. Notice how I never wondered if it was a good idea – must be some sort of moral defect. It needs drums of course, just like anything else, and that is beyond my abilities. But lo and behold, there are karaoke tracks! So I took that and looped it, then played over it on the bass, all in Audacity. I did a couple takes and kept one. I also made a couple attempts at vocalizing. I took one of those tracks and changed the pitch up a minor third, just to see what it would sound like. It sounded vaguely Martian to me, so I kept parts of it. Then I pulled one of the Michael McDonald parts from a Regulate remix (YT) and mixed that in. I have no idea how I managed to get that to line up as well as it did – sheer luck. I got some weird distortion when I exported it to mp3. This has happened before and I’m not sure why. So there you go – another recorded disaster. But if I keep trying, I might come up with something.

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