Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and the guitar practice is still going strong! Kicking off the new year, I have recorded a cover of Green Day‘s epic, albeit somber, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’!
Billie Joe Armstrong has a lot to answer for, given this is now my third Green Day cover and I do try to mix it up and cover a variety of songs to keep practice interesting, though clearly he’s putting some secret sauce in these songs! Seriously though, I’m eternally grateful for Green Day’s addictive songs that appear to be playing a rather significant part in the ongoing apparent playlist to my life!
Given the original version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams has a strong acoustic guitar presence, my distorted electric guitar cover may not be to everyone’s taste, perhaps even more so when you factor in my rookie status on the guitar, still learning, still practicing, so make of it what you will and I know I still have a long way to go, but I’m loving every minute of it and the appeal of a song like this speaks for itself and definitely helps to keep those motivational fires burning brightly in my continuous efforts to find sources of inspiration to help light my way as I walk this boulevard of six-stringed dreams!
– Joel BB