The Great Blue’s Blues (Video)

So Resa posted some photos of a great mural of a Great Blue Heron. Now, I love me those great blues, so I had to comment about it. And, of course, talking about “those blues”, the subject of The Blues came up. So, after some discussion, I knew I had to play Resa some blues.

Without further discussion, here is The Great Blue’s Blues:

(If you don’t see video below, click here)

Yeah, a real quick job, down and dirty (hey, it’s the blues ;) ) but I hope a lot of fun.

OK, typically when I do the blues, I do something a little closer to either Boogie Woggie or early Rock (think Jerry Lee Lewis. Hmm, maybe think ELP Tiger in a Spotlight… (this link is actually Rick Wakeman playing!)). Doing this type of blues was a little different for me.

I was also doing an experiment with recording. I picked up a few new tools to test.

(Oh, I did a second song, very different, as part of this series. See Her Heartbreak.)

OK, for those who want to know – the drums were the stock “Groove Agent” in Cubase. Pretty simple. The “organ” was my Sequential Prophet Rev 2. Yep, an analog polysynth. All other sounds (other than my voice and the paper crinkling in my hand) came from the Behringer Poly D (minimoog clone). That is the bass, the “horns”, the leads, the solo, and the extra sounds in the middle section. OK, there was a little bit of Behringer 2600 Gray Meanie mixed into the bass lines and the sounds of the middle section, but not much.

And, of course, those are photos I took over the years. I love me those great blues…

Hope you had fun!

29 thoughts on “The Great Blue’s Blues (Video)

        1. trentpmcd Post author

          If you are talking what I used in The House of the Rising Sun, I am using a modular. A little more detailed – it is a 5U (also called MU for “Moog Unit” modular (there are different formats – the 5U are similar to the old Moogs from the 60s and 70s). I have modules from several builders. I have a few photos on my blog and different videos, but I don’t think any since it was “completed”. A good place to look is on the one I did for Vivaldi: https://youtu.be/EnV0z_K7xNY

          If you are talking on the newer videos – I use a Sequential Prophet Rev 2 polyphonic analog synth as my primary poly-synth and I have been using a Behringer Poly D for bass lines, leads, solos, etc. – the Ploy D is a MiniMoog clone. I have other synths that I use, but these two have been all over the last 6 or 7 videos I posted.

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  3. Resa

    Oh yeah!
    Thank you, Trent! I’m honoured for the mention here.
    Hey…that’s you singing? Don’t care what synthfects you had on this, it sounds great!!!!!!
    So, I’ll be using your vid in a post soon, if that’s okay?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi Resa! Glad you enjoyed this bit of the blues. It was a lot of fun making it. And, yes, me singing, but as I said in another comment, if I did a full set singing like this, I’d be horse for a week… Yeah, I know that 99,9% of humanity doesn’t care which synths I used for what parts. lol Still have to put that info ;) Sure, you can use the video in a post. I’d be honored :)

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      1. trentpmcd Post author

        When I had the idea for The Great Blue’s Blues, I was thinking of another blues based song and finally got a chance to record it. Very different, but I hope you enjoy :)

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  4. Diana

    How fun, I love me some blues and even better when it’s Blue Heron Blues! 😉 The music is great and you sound so good, love it! Your photos are amazing and the ones with them in flight so incredible!!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If I used that “blues voice” for a full set, I would be so horse I wouldn’t be able to talk for a week.. lol. I really love to see great blues and have been in the right place at the right time on a few occasions, so.. Most of those were from a kayak, but the best are from an overlook at a small nature preserve near my parent’s home in Ohio. Thanks!

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      1. Rebecca Cuningham

        The heron photos show a lot of patience and talent on your part. Seems that sneaking up in a kayak and having a good lens is important. The nature area near your parents is s gem. Your blues were very bluesy. I was impressed.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      lol, I didn’t notice the paper right away, but when I did I just had to leave it and not try another take. I do love the prophet. Some people think it is too harsh (it could never do the “moog” “horn” sound I did with the Poly D!), but I really like it. Thanks!

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