A lovely sad waltz for you:
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Melancholy and mourning – this is another song from upcoming album. This one actually had radio play in a simpler acoustic form which, c’mon, is pretty cool.
Basic guitar and voice was recorded at my friend Lex’s studio. I added the bass and solos at 4 am one morning – sometimes it just pulls me out of bed – and Amazing Mike (see last post) laid down the drumming at my house. We’re just about to tear down and move to a new house, which means that this drumming is among the last things to be recorded here. Baking in another level of resigned sadness. Just the way things are sometimes.
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I’m almost done with a new album, and I’m noticing a couple of interesting things about this whole artistic creation process thing. For one, it’s nice to see that with I’m getting better with each project. I feel like each one is a little braver, a little tighter, a little better than the one before. Another benefit is that I’m getting faster. Someday I may even have something like a regular blog update.
This latest project is less of a historical concept album (see Quarter Life Crisis) and more of a simple collection of stories.
The base track – acoustic guitar and vocals – were recorded at the utterly amazing Livingstone Studios in London, by the equally amazing and very entertaining Kevin Feazey. Seriously, I got to record in London. It was pretty much the highlight of my year.
Next, the drums were put down by my new friend Mike, who plays here in the Bay with Planet Booty. Now, I have not (yet) seen Planet Booty play in person, but judging solely from how nimble Mike was in laying down drums over an existing rough guitar track, I’d say that his live shows are bloody incredible!
Finally, I laid down the bass and other guitars on top of his drums, and Nastja stayed up until nearly 3 in the morning recording the backup vocals – no small feat when you have two small kids in the house!
I’ll put up more songs soon, as I finish them. I hope you enjoy!
AddictingGames is putting out a game starring a certain recently-notorious celebrity. I get to do the soundtrack. It’s good times all around.
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There will also be a powerup sting/loop, based on a ten second loop from the loop above, but with spacier instruments on top. Plus autotuned voices, if that works. Up soon.
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The end of the party, the last song on the album.
An awful lot of fun to record, and the best conclusion I could think of to a dark, emotional album.
Thanks for listening.
Let me know if you liked it.
Tell your friends if you liked it.
Buy yourself a mastered copy if you liked it.
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Awake after dark, contemplating your life, anticipating your murder. Begging for life, for another day.
Cheery stuff to open the album.
This one is mostly done but needs a couple subtle changes before it’s ready for the album.
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The pause between breaths, the space between shots, the land between front lines. The quiet between fighting. The gap between your life and your death.
The exceedingly profound and simple beauty of ordinary things, when they’re the last things you may see.
This is the midpoint of the album. I wrote it about the second World War, but it of course applies to any conflict, even those between lovers.
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The quiet rebellion of your spirit as you sit in traffic or on a stopped train, on your way to a job you hate.
The entire bloody system of enforced servitude for less while the rich get ever richer.
The murder of the planet corresponding to the murder of your soul.
This song is a scream against all of it.
This one is still pretty raw and I’ll change the percussion a bit for the final version. But this is the general idea.
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Another sad, somber song. This one is about Leaving.
You might be in the wrong relationship, or you may be watching your parents split up. You could be leaving from yourself, in the sense of betraying your nature. Or you could simply be changing, maybe even for the better. Or it might be a political idea, the way reality differs from a political promise.
My wife says this is her favorite song on this new album, and I’m not really sure if that’s a good thing.
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Sad, quiet, and beautiful.
Your day is ending, your love is over, and you’re already pretty much dead. Might as well accept it. Or not. Doesn’t actually matter either way.
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I’m releasing a third album, if “releasing” is the right term for pressing as many discs as I can afford and then inflicting them on strangers.
This song was incredibly fun to record, mostly because it makes use of the Drunken Choir #2 – a group of people who apparently had nothing better to do than come to my house, in costume, drink what I gave them, and holler into the mics.
The album will be called Quarter Life Crisis and I’ll put up all seven songs in the next two weeks. These tracks are still unmastered, which means that the final versions will sound even better.
I hope you enjoy!