4 Down. Originally I was intending to do a gentle piano piece and get another song finished but then I accidentally picked out the 'cinematic effects' piano and not the actual piano and this happened.
Well, yeah, and I really am up too late. Need to be up a bit early tomorrow. Anyway, here's the latest. Two to go.
So, I should be recording at this moment, but I hit a mental block and decided it was much more fun to see how different EQ's might sound on a guitar. While enjoying that flight of fancy (and they all do sound different, even when I have the settings identical) I thought it would fun to just mess with a picture of them, because that's productive.
So, I have no music to post, but I do have a pretty picture.
And, it did clear the mental block.
It's going to be a long night... ;)
In my 8 years of RPM'ing I've always played by the rules (pretty much), until now. I'm recording a previously released song. It was on my first official cd, but was sung by a hired female vocalist, and I always thought the tempo was too fast. I think it's one of the best, if not the best, songs I've ever written. Titled Over the Falls. So I'm gonna slow it down and sing it my own way. So there.
Here I am back from snowshoeing all tired, sore, and happy.
RPM ? What's that ?
What day is it ? Who am I ? Where am I ?
Questions I have no answers to.
However, I suppose it's time to start on my album.
All I have to do is come up with something.
Ah, it's great to be back in the fray !
Life seems to be trying to stop me completing RPM this year.
I've had a gig come in (as a guitarist). I'm barely good enough to do it (as a player), but it's in Belgium, so I fancy it, and the money is okay - which means a couple of full days of rehearsal, and lots of time on my own running though the set of material. But it'll eat into my RPM time. A Lot.
Then bloody Ofsted (school inspectors) into the college I work at - meaning I'm doing masses of (unnecessary) paperwork AND working going into work on days off to do prep. Again, eating my RPM time.
The net effect is that my carefully planned out three weeks (having lost a whole week to a musical i was doing) has now become about a week at the end of feb, around everything else. Not hopeful.
Anyway - On player - RPM 3 'Alibi'
An interesting thing for me - I decided to try to build a musical track *without* a vocal topline at all - and see what I came up with. So I recorded the track (heard there). I actually started with what will now be the instrumental break - and realised if it was that dense there'd be no room for the vocal, so retooled it and made a thinner verse. And then a chorus.
My thought processes was lots of single notes on (differently EQ'd) electric guitars, making chords between them (I added the acoustic playing the chords very late on).
Then I set about shoehorning a vocal on top. The codswallop I've sung appears to be about encouraging someone not to use me (the singer) as the reason to leave their current partner. At least that gives me a frame to continue writing from.
The vocal is just into a mic that's set up next to computer and is very ropy, but will be used as the guide for recording the main vox, when 1. I write a second (and maybe third) verse, and 2. when I re record all the other vox.
Still to do:
Drum programming. It's just a quick and dirty drum programmed thing at the moment.
Write verse 2, 3 and chorus 3
Record all vox
Look at instrumental section - actually I'm considering rock guitar solo. Not that I'm good enough - but I could try!
PS To any American ears: In England a 'plaster' is what you might call a 'band-aid'.
sweet suburbia: heading for a 40 degree day. Some dude started mowing lawns with a weed whacker. I think he'll be at it for a while unless he passes out. I should get him in to do some overdubs.
as in every year, I hit the wall. I wrote 4 awesome songs, and then eveything that came out sucked.
But, since it happens every year, I wasn't worried. I did what I usually do, I started with a different instrument, bass instead of guitar. And that worked. The lyrics also came easily because it's something that's been pissing me off for a while.
Maybe it was also that I took a 2 day break because I had a fever...
Either way, I think I'm over the hump.
I'm super happy about the music I'm making this year. The quality, and the overall sound.
So, I've got my 10 songs arranged and demoed with the final drum tracks. The last one's called Public - a slice of pure power pop. I'm liking my songs this year, which is weird as it's the first year since 2008 that I've written all the songs in February as well as recorded them. In the other years I've always started writing in January. Maybe the extra pressure has given me more inspiration? Who knows. So tracking the bass, guitars, keys and vocals begins on Monday after a weekend away.
And to think I wasn't gonna take on the challenge this year because of a shitty Christmas and New Year due to a diabetes diagnosis and meds that kicked my arse for a month. Feeling good about myself now though...
Matt Parker's player:
After being late out of the starting gate, I'm gaining ground and have the leaders in sight.
Just finished Ophelia (song number 4). 3 hours and 50 minutes from start to finish. Acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, electric 12-string (forwards and backwards), 8-string ukulele and bodhran. I've never written a song about a Shakespeare character before and I haven't even read Hamlet.
My personal rule is not to second guess and rewrite a song. The songs are on automatic, what wants to come out will come out. No time for strict quality control. Let the muse have her wicked way. Hooray!
Song 4 - 'Allies'
by A Lunatic's Daydream
Up Too Late - No, that's the song title
by Keith Landry
by Gary Fox
Breaking a rule
by Kavin.s Acoustic Church
where am I ?
by Jim Anderson
3rd demo on player.
9Am SaTurDay morninG
Hit the Wall
by The Raygun Girls
That's It, 10 Songs Demoed
by Matt Parker
by simon levene
Having Mono (disease) put things on hold...
by The Aviators
by Mac McIntyre
no vox demos
by angie fights crime
by Sister Savage
The First Trimester is Over - Day 11
by Michael David