Open Mic Adventures IV: KISS’s “I Still Love You”

Last Tuesday I forewent my usual trip to F.E. Pop’s to take an end-of-summer trip to Benjamin’s Bakery in Surfside Beach, South Carolina to play their new open mic night.  My girl lives down that way, and she’d never seen me play live before (although I send her videos of my pianistic noodling on a regular basis), so we decided to take advantage of this opportunity for her to hear me play a few tunes.  It was a fun evening, and a great opportunity to meet some new musicians in a different town.

Unfortunately, my girl was so enraptured watching me perform (and a little girl grabbed her attention for about half of my mini-set), she didn’t take any video of my powerful coffee shop crooning.  That performance is now lost to the mists of time (although I will always remember it; I hope she does, too!).

As such, I’m going back to the night of Tuesday, 26 July 2022, featuring a duet with my buddy John Pickett.

John and I have been playing together at open mics, on gigs, and at church for a decade, and we’ve built up a pretty good repertoire of tunes.  John surprised me a year or so back when he pulled out this classic from KISS’s criminally underappreciated Creatures of the Night (1982) album, which I consider one of the best KISS albums out there.  

The song is “I Still Love You,” a six-minute power ballad (of sorts) in 6/8 time.  I’m a sucker for 6/8, and I’ve always liked this song in part because of its time signature.  I also appreciate the use of dynamic contrast in the piece, as it builds slowly over the course of six minutes.  There’s some impressive drumming, too, that enhances the energy and forward motion later in the piece.

John and I are just a guitarist (twelve-string!) and a keyboardist, respectively, so we can’t quite do the song the same way KISS does, but we do a pretty good job.  John really hams it up on the sustained vocal part, doing his best Paul Stanley:

How did we stack up to the boys in the makeup?  Let me know in the comments!

Rock on!

—TPP

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7 thoughts on “Open Mic Adventures IV: KISS’s “I Still Love You”

      • Thanks mate. Those open mic nights look fun though I did see a warning there – an emergency vehicle passed the window when John was extending that last note! 🙂 🙂 🙂

        I’d not heard that song before. A little soft for hair rock but Tina tells me Kiss did pop rock – I’ve probably heard one or two but it doesn’t resonate. Enjoyed your performance though. 🙂

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      • They’re a blast, dude! Once you get your guitar skills back where you want them, I’d encourage you to check one out!

        HA! John probably set off some alarms with that sustained note!

        Yeah, it’s a more obscure KISS song, and very much a ballad. KISS did quite a bit of softer pop rock in the late 1970s/early 1980s, before going full hair band in the later 1980s.

        Glad you enjoyed our rendition of it!

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