I made a silly video of me singing the “Saved by the Bell” theme song years ago. Frankly, I’m kind of embarrassed by it. I once came really close to taking it down. But, whatever, it’s out there and with this new movie about the show coming out, that video is getting some attention again. Aaaaaagh!
I have to say, it is pretty cool to see my name on the MTV website. Did I step back into the 1990s? Sweet.
And here’s Rodrigo Amarante playing two marvelous songs, “Irene” and “The Ribbon,” while walking around Paris. He even throws in a Dylan impersonation in between songs for good measure.
Q:Is there any pictures of you anywhere with your guitar? :)
It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.
One more for Music Mix Monday.
Just about everybody here in Tumblr seems to know Randy Haddock, and he’s awfully humble and gracious about it for someone who’s so talented.
Today, I’ve also posted an original murder ballad of his, but he’s equally at home singing in Spanish and Portuguese. Like I said — talented.
I love the sheer variety of colors his voice takes on in this cover of Silvio Rodriguez’s “Tocando Fondo”.
What can I say to someone writing something so kind about me?
Thank you. It warms me up inside. It feels great.
It’s a tricky thing responding to compliments. You want to make sure you’re fully appreciative without sounding conceited or insincere or like you take it for granted. I don’t, at all.
It really means the world to me that some of you like what I do.
Q:I was wondering if you've ever taken voice lessons? You're one of my favorite vocalists, and I'd love to be able to song like you someday. Also, you've probably answered this already (sorry!) but could you tell me what microphone you use?
Oh, wow, I’m one of your favorite vocalists? Thank you. You made my day, hah.
I’ve never taken traditional voice lessons although I’ve thought about it. I love learning and I’m always down for improving.
I do listen intently to my favorite vocalists and study them. João Gilberto and Chet Baker are two of my favorite.
I use several microphones, depending on what I’m trying to do. I have a couple of SM57s, an Audio-Technica AT4033 and a Zoom H4. I also use my iPhone’s voice recording app.
Q:I just went through your soundcloud demos and I was just curios how you were exposed to the different music genres and started playing guitar and singing? What's your story? Oh and also... ¿cuantos lenguajes hablas? Perdon por todas las preguntas.
That’s a long answer. But, in short, I come from a music-centered background. My grandfather was a music promoter, my dad was a Latin music bandleader for many years, my mom sang in his orchestra, my brother sang around the house from morning to night and, well, growing up in Puerto Rico, music surrounded me. You can’t escape it there. It’s in the air, it’s in the food, at the lechoneras, on the streets, at the beach, at parties wherever, on your family and friends’ faces, at school…all that.
I grew up around my dad’s friends who were all in some way involved in music. I’d go on tour with him and was a kind of roadie. My dad’s a walking musical encyclopedia so I learned a lot from him…from The Beatles to Ismael Rivera to Maynard Ferguson. I got the music bug early on.
When I was a kid, I became intensely obsessed with Elvis Presley and that’s when I picked up the guitar. From there, I went through different musical obsessions. Later on, I developed a habit of exploring and going back into what influenced the music I was into at the moment.
I eventually found that if you climb the music tree high enough, you’ll see that everything’s connected. The Silvio Rodríguez seeds will bear the sweet trova fruit. The Dylan twig will sprinkle you with country blues and old-timey leaves. And if you shake it hard enough, you’ll fall onto the jazz branch and the fresh breeze of João Gilberto’s whisper isn’t far behind. It makes me want to play those sounds with a wailing of the trunk. It makes me want to go deep within the bark and visit every single corner, every single hole in the wood.
My closeness to my roots—my family, my upbringing, my island, my culture—informs my musical curiosity. And I guess that’s my story in a nutshell.
Q:You have such a beautiful voice!
Thank you :)
Q:Hello Mr. Haddock! I would like to ask, if it's okay, if you can recommend songs similar to Silvio Rodriguez's "Letra de piel"? :)
Hi there. Well, that song stands out in the Silvio Rodríguez catalog. It’s different from the rest. The clarinet gives it a sort of Parisian vibe, if that makes sense. I can’t think of a specific song that’s similar to it, but maybe look up Georges Brassens? He’s one of my favorite French singer-songwriters. If you like “Letra de piel,” you’ll probably like Brassens.