I'll be playing at the Walnut Street Cafe (Lynn MA) with the rather talented Nicolo Hiatt on May 6, 8:30-11:30, if any of my fellow Massholes wanna get their socks rocked off via some Loop Station musical madness.
there is nothing to report, except I hurt my back and I want everyone to feel sorry for me.
This post is a little late, but I just wanted to mention that when I started this year's challenge I was super nervous. It was my first time, I'd only just found out about this in October of 2016, and my (admittedly somewhat limited) past experience with strangers on the internet has been... let's just say "not always pleasant"!
So thanks to all the other RPM-ers for being super friendly and encouraging every time I posted either here or on the forums! Including, but by no means limited to: Bob Sorace for singing on my album, L17Tim for getting Bob and I in touch in the first place, everyone involved in the "Conference of Mayors" for the positive feedback on a track that I honestly was thinking of withdrawing because I thought it was so awful, and literally anyone who ever commented on one of my blog posts!
I put my RPM tracks up on alonetone, follow me and I'll follow back!
Here's the slightly enhanced new version on Alonetone:
This RPM has been a funny one - with a lot going on outside in real life, meaning that throwing myself into making a new album was a blissful distraction from 'the real world'.
Being in the UK I'm unlikely to ever be able to visit Portsmouth to the HQ of listening parties. (Though the Portsmouth on the south coast of England might be doable, at a pinch). This is a shame, as I'd like to be able to chat to others who have had similar struggles - not in a 'what compression ratio did you use here?' way - though that would also be interesting - but rather in the celebration of the absurdness of the whole endeavor and the of beautiful things that are born out of restrictions.
A few years ago, when I hosted an RPM listening party in England, it was more about meeting similarly dogmatic musicians who had put themselves through what I had done. Perhaps a sharing of PTSD. It was also good to go to the Second Life outdoor disco, where RPM turns were being spun. Obviously Second Life has all but vanished, but the (now rudimentary feeling) virtual world, with other RPMers struggling with the tech, felt ... appropriate. Even the act of partying was another Life, away from the real one, with people who are bloody minded enough to 'make it work'. These are RPM people - it's probably a character trait!
Anyway, I wish I was Partying, and hope people have a good time. This year I've not managed to be as active in forums/listening to other peoples things as the month went on ... which is a shame, as I've always enjoyed/been inspired by that in the past (but the aforementioned 'real life' restricted my time for doing this).
I'll raise a cup of tea to all those fellow comrades who have succeeded or fallen in this year's challenge. Cheers!
In case anyone is interested, here are lyrics to a couple of songs. I'll post the others later. Probably.
I'll be back to make it right,
For now let it lie;
The sand in the snow gives me a grip.
I've been the fool, it's time to grow,
A man by degree;
A flicker of the light is all I need.
When I'm gone, you'll be out there,
Holding your finger in the wind,
And the road we're on will bring us home again.
"Don't talk about the past" she said,
"This present is enough; float with the tide and let it be."
I'll give a glass, you fill it up,
my thirst is a need;
Water take this poison out of me.
"As my lies go, I would say I've grown"
"Lies are leaving lovers all alone. And every time we slow,
something's bound to get us. Oh, I know you; now I know you more.
There's something about that writing on the wall."
"We'll divide it up and take it all."
"The spoils of the moment."
You fooled me once,
And caught me in the corner with the ruse of a lover's call.
Hymns we knew;
The rising of the chorus was the bruise in a lover's brawl.
"Where our lies go, have you ever been?"
"It's getting old to talk about these things."
"But everything we need can't be found in silence."
"Have you been out? There are lions on the lawn.
Throw your lies and hope they run away."
"So we were never more than lion's prey?"
"The spoils of the moment."
Long days, and they were getting longer when I saw your face.
All my life I've been painting poison on my skin.
So I drove all night just to see you,
Chasing lines from the middle of a song,
And I'll find you like the water finds a well.
All I know is the light won't hold for long.
Long days, and they were getting longer but the sun wouldn't shine.
Don't go - I've been humming lies like they're a song.
Come on in it's nice to meet
Someone else who's just like me,
The world is ending, see the sign?
It's your priorities or mine.
Now others sleep where we once fought;
Where Tommy charged and Jerry shot.
I heard you moved I heard you grew;
I could use someone like you.
Light me a fire when the lights go out,
And I will rest with you once more.
Simple soldiers as you were,
The fog can make your vision blurred.
We shoot to kill or not at all;
Friendly fire will be our fall.
Feel me now, and be a liar,
Don't you hide your face from me,
Soon the pills will all expire,
Give me love, or let me be.
You came in strong,
I came in stronger,
With lies we live, with lies we play,
You gotta go, I'm getting tired,
We'll get the story right one day.
What I told them I can;t live with,
What I told them just ain't right,
They bought it all, so why am I hiding?
It's getting cold, please give me light.
In Mercy we revel.
Lies on the stove.
Burning to ashes again,
Never more to show.
Keep it calm, they won't suspect you've taken anything.
Just put the answers down and walk away.
I'll deal with my anxiety, I'll deal with fighting back,
But I could never take a punch like you.
It's on the rising wind, there I'll be with you again.
On the rising wind, there I'll be with you my friend.
I covered up what I got wrong, I sanded and I primed.
You'll have to dig to find that flaw again.
If I throw all my hope away, if all my hope is gone,
Can I dig to find that hope again?
Just got a new mic in today - it supposedly is a clone of the MXL 890 - but a 1/3 of the price - I am hoping that this pushes me one step closer to decent live (but inexpensive) drums and maybe even a clearer vocal -
2017 and "riseUp!" are both done and available here.
I'm pretty happy with them both, 2 strong female singers, and my music goes really well together. I can't think of two albums that are more different than these two, hell, the "riseUp!" songs were written at the same time as the MINOA01 songs and they sound even more different than those. I'm pretty excited to finally be finished and now I can focus on other things.
smallwaves show this Saturday, looking forward to that, I love our music and I love to play it live. working on new ideas, we jam out for a couple hours and then sift through the distruction to find kernals of song ideas. Logan, our singer will help now to turn the ideas into songs, and that's good news for me, because before he joined the band it was my job exclusively. I actually sat down with the ideas the other day and started writing a song from one of them, so I guess every time I think I'm out of ideas, I'm flat out wrong. It does greatly help that I didn't come up with the musical ideas to start out with, and only have to arrange and write words. I'm pretty good at that too.
the Next MINOA02 project will start shortly as well, we have an idea to do a sort of musical, called "dreams" which will be about a dream therapist who is visited by various clients throughout the day, and each client is a different song, and in between each client will be the therapist song, tying it all together. I think it's a great idea and I hope that everyone will join in. If you are not a part of MINOA and are on Facebook, let me know and I will add you to the group.
In no particular order:
1. Is RPM over? Is it me, or was this the fastest RPM Challenge ever? It seems like we were in mid January just a week or so ago.
2. I have almost finished my review of Uglifruit's record. The only thing slowing me down, other than life, is the fact that I have run out of synonyms for "wicked awesome."
3. This year will be the first RPM Listening Party I haven't attended. This bums me out, but it's for a very good reason; my children have performances Friday and Saturday, and they're more important than me. Have a beer, or G & T, or whatever in my honor. And sneak a song of mine into the rotation. ;)
4. Speaking of songs; I did finish and submit for RPM, but the album's not finished. I have still been powering through and turning this one into the record I envisioned. This is the first time I have ever done that. Yes, I remixed last year's record, but this year I have been doing more work on the songs and recordings themselves.
5. I have done some listening in the jukebox and over at Alonetone, but not as much as I plan on after I finish the record. Hopefully I will call it a wrap in about 2 weeks.
6. Referencing #1, it looks like this year was a very successful one for everyone, so congratulations, etc., etc., etc.
by Matt Ferrara
by angie fights crime
Big Thanks-- Until Next Year!
by Strange Dream
Songs up on Alonetone
by Terri Ellen
Moderate Rebels 2.0 on Alonetone
Partying alone. With a cup of tea.
by Porter Harris
by A Beautiful Scene
by angie fights crime
Various and Sundry
by Gary Fox
One Fine Day
by Chloe Radcliffe
Can't make Portsmouth this weekend
by Keith Landry
For the love of it all
by Steve John Fortin
RPM Desktop Jukebox
by Alternate Modes of Underwater Conciousness
Moderate Rebels in the Jukebox