My Covers

    Written by Bill Withers
    Produced by Booker T. Jones for Sussex Records 1971
    From the Album JUST AS I AM

    *This arrangement performed and produced by Mark J. Campayno
    All production done on and offsite at StudioRock Of Northern Virginia

    Paul Gilbert PGM 150 Electric Guitar
    Fender Mustang III Amplifier
    Reaper Software
    Plug ins from Reaper

    This is my second version of this cover. I've improved the overall structure a bit. Hope you enjoy!

    Written by Bill Withers ("Just The Two Of Us", "Lean On Me"), Ain't No Sunshine is an example of less is more. Using only four chords and really only two alternating sections, the song is a masterpiece in the soul/pop repertoire. Incredibly inventing and moving, this song is imbedded with meaning and mass appeal.

    I originally intended to do this much closer to the original but instead choose to once again, allow my mind run free. I left out, on purpose, the "I Know, I Know" section. It didn't seem at the time relevant to what I was doing. I am on the fence about that now and could change my mind in the future!

    I hope you find this interesting and enjoyable. As always, I never intend to insult the original works, but instead, choose to offer a way to honor the original work with a view towards creativity and expression of my musical take on the composition.

    For the song's third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: "I was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it."[3] (Withers, then thirty-one years old, was working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time.

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  2. "Do It Again" - Steely Dan Instrumental Cover
    Produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno
    StudioRock Of Northern Virginia

    Original Version Information:
    From their debut 1972 album Can't Buy a Thrill
    Label ABC
    Writer(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
    Producer Gary Katz

    Donald Fagen- Electric Piano, Organ and Vocals
    Walter Becker- Bass Guitar
    Denny Dias- Electric Sitar
    Jeff Baxter- Guitar
    Jim Hodder- Drums
    Victor Feldman- Percussion

    Wikipedia Info:
    Released in 1972, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 18, 1972, and reached number 6 on the US charts in 1973, making it Steely Dan's second highest charting single.
    Released November 1972
    Format 7" 45 RPM
    Recorded August 1972
    Genre Jazz fusion

    My Notes:

    Steely Dan's classic "Do It Again" is a signature and highly descriptive brand for the music they would create throughout their long and historic career. Mixing jazzier harmonies, echoes of hard rock, clear and clean production, and a sophisticated lyrical approach,he band was in top form during this period and was putting out classic after classic.

    Guitarist Denny Dias played the solo guitar parts on "Do It Again" using a three-quarter overdriven guitar and an acute attention to modal phrases. His solos fit the song's chordal structure and overall vibe well. Dias played a very descriptive and highly melodic solo full of rhythmic twists and enough chromaticism to give it the "Jazz Lift" so typical of the bands overall approach to writing and expression.

    Thank you,

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  3. "Living For The City" Stevie Wonder Instrumental Cover
    Produced and performed by Mark Jeffery Campayno
    All work on this project was completed at StudioRock of Northern Virginia, USA.


    Fender Mustang Amplifier
    Peavey TransChorus 210
    Reaper Software


    Without a doubt one of my all time favorite songs, Stevie Wonders timeless classic is as important in terms of social commentary today as it's ever been. This is a masterpiece of American societal commentary with a
    super-funk attitude. As relevant today as it was in 1973, "Living For The City" describes life, where desperation and necessity are met head on with practicality and survival. We can sit back and criticize the crime in the inner city, but few of us care enough to understand the reasons behind it.

    For now, I will formulate my opinion. I will center my thinking around the missing father syndrome so common to low-income families. The utter desperation of very young single mothers. The need for money to survive in a nightmare of a world that only the street inhabitants dare to travel.

    I believe we still exist in a world that is very needy when it comes to treatment of those who struggle. We have the ability to help by building from the outside in a way to communicate with young people who struggle daily to survive on the streets where weakness, miscalculation, and greed run rampant. We must not have any illusions, the "inner city" problem we have with our young teen men needs attention immediately,

    Thank you for listening and I appreciate so much your visit and welcome discussion.


    A boy is born in hard time Mississippi
    Surrounded by four walls that ain't so pretty
    His parents give him love and affection
    To keep him strong moving in the right direction
    Living just enough, just enough for the city

    His father works some days for fourteen hours
    And you can bet he barely makes a dollar
    His mother goes to scrub the floors for many
    And you'd best believe she hardly gets a penny
    Living just enough, just enough for the city yeah

    His sister's black but she is sho 'nuff pretty
    Her skirt is short but Lord her legs are sturdy
    To walk to school she's got to get up early
    Her clothes are old but never are they dirty
    Living just enough, just enough for the city

    Her brother's smart he's got more sense than many
    His patience's long but soon he won't have any
    To find a job is like a haystack needle
    'Cause where he lives they don't use colored people
    Living just enough, just enough for the city

    Living just enough for the city

    His hair is long, his feet are hard and gritty
    He spends his life walking the streets of New York City
    He's almost dead from breathing in air pollution
    He tried to vote but to him there's no solution

    Living just enough, just enough for the city yeah, yeah, yeah!

    I hope you hear inside my voice of sorrow
    And that it motivates you to make a better tomorrow
    This place is cruel no where could be much colder
    If we don't change the world will soon be over

    Living just enough, just enough for the city!


    Stevie Wonder ‎-- Innervisions
    Tamla ‎-- T 326L
    Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genre: Funk / Soul
    Style: Soul

    Phonographic Copyright (p) -- Motown Record Corporation
    Copyright (c) -- Motown Record Corporation
    Published By -- Stein & Van Stock, Inc.
    Published By -- Black Bull Music, Inc.
    Recorded At -- Record Plant, Los Angeles
    Recorded At -- Mediasound
    Mastered At -- The Cutting Room

    Coordinator [Recording Coordinators] -- Ira Tucker Jr.*, John Harris (11)
    Engineer, Producer [Associate], Programmed By [Arp, Moog] -- Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
    Illustration -- Efram Wolff
    Mastered By -- George Marino
    Producer, Arranged By, Instruments [All], Synthesizer [Arp, Moog], Written-By -- Stevie Wonder
    Recorded By -- Austin Godsey, Dan Barbiero
    Tape Op -- Gary Olazabal

    ℗ 1973 Motown Record Corporation © 1973 Motown Record Corporation, Hollywood, California 90028, All rights reserved, Trademark Motown Record Corporation, printed in U.S.A.
    All tunes published by Stein & Van Stock, Inc. & Black Bull Music, Inc. (ASCAP).
    Recorded at Record Plant, Los Angeles and Media Sound, Inc., New York

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  4. "All Blues" A Miles Davis Cover
    Performed and Produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno
    All production done at StudioRock of Northern Virginia

    Editing & Production by Safyra Rosa (Partner)

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  5. The Scientist - A Coldplay Guitar Cover
    Performed and Produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno

    One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking love songs ever written, "The Scientist" ranks among the best in Coldplay's catalogue. Based upon an irresistible piano riff and a cascading dynamic structure, the song is a masterful example of how restraint coupled with clever lyricism can produce a work of beauty and meaning.

    Chris Martin's vocal performance on this work certainly assured he and the band of success.

    For this piece I used a Blueridge acoustic guitar with no built in pick up. I used a Shure 57 into my MacBook Pro. The guitar is really amazing. I used three guitar tracks for this version. I hope you enjoy my take on Coldplay's classic hit.

    Thank You for Your Support!

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My Covers

Mark Jeffery Campayno

A collection of covers that I've found interesting throughout my involvement with music. I've chosen each as a way to showcase what has been my development on the the guitar and in music in general. Every musician takes bits and pieces of another's style…

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A collection of covers that I've found interesting throughout my involvement with music. I've chosen each as a way to showcase what has been my development on the the guitar and in music in general. Every musician takes bits and pieces of another's style and creates an amalgamation of sorts leading to a unique approach to all his or her own.

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