The End of the World?

I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy. These are strange times we’re living in, for sure!

I’m incredibly lucky for many reasons – one of which is that this virus and the related quarantine have had minimal impact on me and my family. For that, I am incredibly thankful…

One thing I’ve been doing with the time is challenging myself to go back and learn how to play all my favorite songs. Since this thing started, I’ve recorded several of my favorites – “Close to Me” by the Cure, “The One I Love” by R.E.M., and the song posted here: “Until the End of the World” by U2. Somehow a song about Judas written from the point of view of a kind of self-absorbed Jesus seems fitting… I thought I’d share my version here. I hope you enjoy…

Now the caveat… I’m really just a guitar player, not a singer – my goal with this recording was to come as close as I could to playing my favorite guitar solo by my favorite guitarist (The Edge)… The rest of it is just a means to that end…

I’m planning to do a longer post about my experiences during the current pandemic in the near future – but for now, I just wanted to share this song.

Until the End of the World (U2 Cover) by J. “Kepi” Jensen

On a personal note, though it’s not a great wedding song – I’d like to dedicate this song to my friend Michelle and her beautiful new bride Alexandra – thank you for including us in your wedding, it was so wonderful to see!

Song Stories # 5 – “Don’t Change” by INXS

INXS was one of the first bands I really got into. When I first heard “Don’t Change” off of their album “Shabooh Shoobah”, I absolutely loved it. Like many INXS fans, I discovered them after seeing the video for “Need You Tonight” on MTV. I then went out and bought that album and went back through their catalog. This song has stuck with me as one of my favorites through the years.

For my recording I turned up the guitars (I am, after all, primarily a guitar player) and made the drums and bass a little more prominent than the original. For the drums, I cheated and used a drum track I found online, everything else is me. The rhythm guitars were recorded direct into my PC using the Ampire plug in to get the tone I wanted. The lead guitar is my Laney amp mic’d. It took me several hours to get it right, but I’m happy with the result. The keys are a combination of my daughter’s keyboard and midi plugins.

The hardest part to record for me was the vocals. I knew going in that there is no way I could record vocals that come even close to Michael Hutchence’s original vocals. I mean, his voice is one of those iconic singing voices. So from the start, I just wanted it to sound like me singing one of my favorite tunes. Even with that mindset, it took me several takes to get vocals I could live with – it turns out this song is just outside my range.

Anyway, enough of that – here’s me playing one of my favorite songs. …I hope you enjoy.

Don’t Change (INXS) – Recorded by J. Jensen/Written by INXS (M. Hutchence, A. Farriss, T. Farriss, J. Farriss, G. Beers, K. Pengilly)