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Release of My Cover of Thirty-Three by The Smashing Pumpkins

I just uploaded my cover of Thirty-Three on this website for streaming and free download. I absolutely love this song and have been listening to it since it was released when I was 14 years old. I bought Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness shortly after it was released and listened to it constantly. I was a huge Pumpkins fan and still am. This song is possibly my favorite song on the whole album, it's hard to say though because there are so many great songs. I really love Zero, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, and several others, but Thirty-Three is special and unlike the others.

It is transcendent, and in it I think you can hear Billy accessing his Higher Self. With lines like, "Deep in thought I forgive everyone," and when he says, "Mysteries not ready to reveal, sympathies I'm ready to return," I feel he is accessing a greater mind than his own. The overall tone of the song is healing and restorative. I hear resolution mixed with an introspective look at imperfections. There is not a self-condemnation for these imperfections, but rather an observation of them through a Divine lens. Instead of him getting hung up on his personal struggles, you hear his determination to do better, while having unconditional love for himself. Well, at least that's how I interpret the song. He may see it quite differently.

The recording process took a long time. I recorded a few versions that I just didn't like, and I knew that I didn't want to release those. Finally, I had a good track, but I had to make the audio sound better. I am pretty new to recording and had quite a learning curve. After I had all the levels adjusted to my liking and was ready to release it, I decided that I wanted to add a second guitar part. I thought it would give the song a prettier sound. I had to practice it a bit and then get a good take of it. I think it was worth the wait and hopefully you will too! Art is so very subjective though, you can't please everyone, and I don't expect to. I do my best to make music that I like and that I think others may like as well. I do not make music others like if I do not like the music though. That seems insincere.

Thanks for reading my blog! I will be writing a new post soon, so keep a look out for it!

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William Li
William Li
Apr 16, 2023

Loved your cover of 33, I found it on Youtube. You put some nice personal touches on it!

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