Monday, August 31, 2009

This is a recording...

Here is another song that I made yesterday.  I'd recorded it before, but it was way too slow.  Now it seems much too fast.  Regardless, it could be a lot better, and listening to it makes me want to slow down and record some George Jones style songs.  Fall is coming so that's probably the way to go.  Start writing songs about drinking and other country stuff.  "With the blood in my body/I could start my own still/If drinking don't kill me/ her memories will."  Anything to keep my mind off work.  

Enough with these Holy modal rounders games.  Although I did like the last post's song a lot, in theory.  

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Now with Bass

That's right!  I've recently become the owner of a bass and bass amp.  It helps the songs sound a little better, and it's a great new instrument to learn.  I've always been drawn to bass because of so many years playing baritone horn.  It's been a decidedly fun instrument--although I have no patience to actually develop decent bass lines.   

I wrote this song in about an hour--but it's probably a rip-off of a few other songs.  Now that I think of it, the verse structure is pretty much the same as that Herman's Hermits song about the Kind of Hush all Over the World Tonight.  Whatever, they didn't even play their own instruments.  The background vocals are a little too much.  I wish my falcetto sounded remotely like Brian Wilson--I also wish I could sing on key.  If wishes were fishes then I would have two.  Two tasty fishes for tasty fish stew.  

Also, in other news, we saw Britney Spears this weekend.  It was pretty awesome.  We paid $40 for seats in the very back of BankNorth Celtic Super Dome and magically were comp'd Loge seats in the ~20th row.  It was cool enough to see a multiple #1's artist up close, but then--in spite of the clear lip-synching--the live band was fantastic.  I greatly enjoyed seeing the drummer serving up sixty-fourth flourishes and timely crashes and my eyes were on him whenever I got bored with dancing (often).  Also there were all sorts of circus performers which on their own made the ticket worthwhile.   In addition, there were three opening acts--each musically interesting and, I'm told, at least a little popular.  A nice boy-band number called 'One Call', some girl named K. Broadbridge or something who has songs on the radio, and Jordan Sparks who I guess is or was an American Idol.  

Monday, August 24, 2009

Worms in the Rice

Today I made a fine mole poblano dish served with refried garlic & chile black beans and rice.  But turns out there were worms in the rice and it was disgusting.  What a day to post this song.  I got the idea for this from a crossword clue:  desire undone--three letters.  I think the phrase 'desire undone' has a catchy sound, so I made a ukelele song with it.  Also the dino tracks on route 5 make for a splendid music video.  Perhaps tomorrow's dinner will be better.  

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It is the Weekend

I had a few hours to record this morning and made a few songs.   One of them I'm excited about--the others are okay.  Here's one that made use of a fun chord progression with a bunch of different sevenths.   People kept saying TGIF to me at work, like they always do, so I stole it as a much needed song topic.  

The chord progression if you're interested:
c7 G7
C7 E7 A7 
D7 G7 C7 F7 G7

Then a bridge with F7.

Here you go!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A second Song in as many Days

After the runaway success of my first post, I've gone ahead and put together a second.  I liked the first song a lot, especially since the writing and recording only took an hour or so.  The idea came from a card that I made for Cait when we first started dating and the rest is History.  

This new song isn't quite so storied.  It's a little lousier, although I like the main riff and that middle-8ish chord progression.  It took me a little longer to record and I still couldn't get the harmonies right.  I also don't know how I managed to make a harmonica in G sound bad in a song of the same key, but harmonicas always sound sort of okay even when the notes are wrong.  Also the handclaps are pretty distracting...I need to find a way to cap the volumes of tracks in order to mitigate handclap distraction.  

Why did the police confiscate the circuit when it began to tend increasingly toward entropy?  

Disorderly conduct!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I am Starting a Blog


Everyone has blogs now.  I thought that I didn't have time to start a blog because I spend my creative time writing and recording songs.  I realized that I could make a blog in tandem with the songwriting stuff and do a songwriting blog.  With the help of Cait's Macintosh computer and the imovie program, the dream became a reality.  Here is the first song, "Like a Sorceror"[sic].  Luckily I had to make a movie out of it in order to post it, so I was able to use a good picture of myself for ambience.  You will probably enjoy it a lot, and you can pay me back for my movies by posting thoughts and feelings about them.