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Violin Cover to learn!
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June 25, 2022 - 12:32 am
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Sigrid (she's from Norway) brought Leonard Cohen's 1988 tune, "Everybody Knows", to a whole new level for the 2017 Superhero film "Justice League"!

I LOVE this haunting tune and fooled around with it, probably over a year ago, but now that I've found this GREAT cover by Wei Nin - it's time to make sure I learn it right! 

Even if you can't learn this by ear, Wei Nin's fingers are clearly visible for you to follow!  ...there's also sheet music!

Everybody Knows - Wei Nin's SHEET MUSIC


Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long-stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Oh, give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
When you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still picking cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
Everybody knows


June 26, 2022 - 3:36 am
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I've had a chance to take a closer look at Wei Nin's video & sheet music and compared them to Sigrid's recording of "Everybody Knows"

I think this will be a great piece to explore different bowing, phrasing and especially dynamics - to get more of the Sigrid recording appeal. 


Wei Nin's use of positions is interesting and great practice, but I might change some of that - maybe also change, add/remove some notes for more expression. There's some great small runs of notes in the accompaniment that can be picked up/added.

I also want to see how I can best utilize my C string - may come in handy to add more powerful harmony touches.  Some chord changes in Sigrid's are very powerful, emotionally - a few select double stops or broken chords might do the trick to convey them. 

You can see from the lyrics, this song starts with 3 verses - each with 6 phrases plus a refrain of 2 more, then 1 chorus of 8 phrases, followed by 3 more verses - each 6+2 refrain phrases.

The whole 1st verse should be soft/unaccented - nonchalant.  Tension builds slowly as the song progresses through the powerful 3rd verse - with a massive, release of longer notes & strong bowing in the chorus. 

More percussive/accented bowing techniques would be great in places - especially in the last half of the 3rd verse, but also in the 4th into a powerful 5th verse. 

The dynamics lower some in the 6th verse like a sober warning.  Needs a very soft last 2 measures (last phrase of the refrain) in the 5th & 6th verses - it has a very dramatic effect. 


If I use NO back-up, does anyone have additional thoughts on this, or suggestions to try for a SOLO piece to feel more like Sigrid's recording of "Everybody Knows"?

- Emily

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