It's a love song. Played on ukelele.
With a melodica.
And two kazoos.
And two slide whistles.
As it should be.
Falling in love is wonderful, especially when it’s with you
OK, so everything is in scraps. But I feel good. I'm currently working on five songs in tandem, but they're growing at a wonderfully reassuring rate, and I have sketched out ideas for the others. That has to mean it's going well. I already know which are my runaway fave songs (I'm doing this project with the fab Soundsmith Kamachi - his music, my vocals), and am starting to feel like I did in the early challenges (around 2008) when I couldn't wait to get in the studio.
I think I'm going to really love this album. I really hope you like it too...when we're able to share a track with you. :-p
Progress is slow but something that didn't exist before is slowly emerging. Plodding, rather than plowing, through guitar parts. All but the lead bits should be done by the weekend, then I'll have to start considering tracks worthy of groaning on and those to leave for instrumentals.
... damn, that means I have to begin on lyrics at some point.
Nothing is even close to ready for demo in the player.
Ah well... on I go.
Two demo versions of today's mandolin song, because I thought I was feeling more experimental about syncopating lyrics than I actually was. Eh, I have a choice now. See if my opinion changes in a week.
So, with three songs left, I think I have three new things left as well:
1. An all-vocal-and-percussion track. I've heard this done so, so well. I ... will do it somehow.
2. A keyboard track. I've used keyboard to arrange someone else's lyrics, but never mine. Worst case scenario, I'll finally write my "Right Here Waiting."
3. Maybe a song with violin all over it. I have a choice between a loop-based seed and a seed that is literally just me playing violin for three minutes 25 seconds. This might be my best prospect for another thing I meant to do (but kept not): the song with technically very few lyrics, whose verses are identical and/or have no more than two lines each, or whose chorus is literally one word that the vocalist somehow likes enough to keep singing over and over, or long and slow.
(I do love some words wholeheartedly, but I don't know if I could do it with, like, "lattice." I'll think about it.)
I got my monthly haircut a bit late, so I was all shaggy. As usual after a haircut, I'm feeling fresh and revitalized...it could've been the tea tree shampoo that they used.
When I got home Tuesday evening, I went right to work on RPM. It was a very typical, familiar routine. I've got a bunch of beats that I've cultivated, and one by one, I've been loading them into Ableton to experiment with putting melodies on them. At this point, I'm thinking ambitiously that I'll start two separate ideas in this one evening. My game plan at this point in the RPM Challenge is to start a bunch of ideas and create a bunch "musical material" in this first part of the month. Soon, however, I should stop creating new ideas and start arranging the existing ones.
So I go to my Splice.com dashboard, look for the set that contains the beat I want to work with, and open it in Ableton. This is where I do my amateur best attempt at making the drums sound phatter. I have 4 tracks to work with on this beat: overhead, kick, snare, and the floor tom mic. I mic'd the floor tom to pick up the audio when I hit it, but it also made for an interesting surprise. When I'm not playing the tom, that mic is picking up the sound of the kick drum...filtered through the floor tom...which gives an interesting added bass tone that I can bring in and out of the mix as I please. So at this point, I 'solo' the kick track and try to make it as boomy and phat as possible. I don't know what I'm doing, but this is what I do. I get the Dynamic EQ going on the kick track. A cool little trick I learned, which is probably not the ideal method, is to take out ALL the mids from the kick sound. Up the lows a bit and it'll sound boomy, but practically muffled. The I start to up the HIGHS and it starts to un-muffle it and even give it some punch. I crank the kick as loud as possible without clipping. Then I bring up the snare track until it mixes well with the kick. Often, I don't need to do much tweaking of the snare EQ, but sometimes, when I stumble across the option, I'll pitch-shift the snare, and even the kick...to blend better with the melody of a song. I bring in the floor tom mic track, to see how it sounds. I'm undecided how I like it. I'll turn it off for now. The beat is phat enough without it. Then...like the 'cool switch', I'll start to bring up the overhead track until it gives just the right amount of vibrance to the overall beat. Then I 'Save As' a new Splice project. So now I have that decent 92bpm loop that I can use for whatever.
Now I try to fiddle with melodies. At this moment, I have no idea what I'm going to play. Often times, I can listen to a beat for a little while and melody ideas will start to come to me, that I then try to figure out on the piano. But not on this Tuesday evening. I merely just cycled through various VST instruments while fiddling around on the keys. ...and eventually, as is usually the case, I stumble on some chords or note combinations that perk me up. Ooh, what's this! I like this! So I play around with it until I have a somewhat solid idea of what I'm doing, and then I start recording it into a new track. At this point, I was still thinking that I should get this melody on there...save that new idea, take a break, and then start the process over with a different beat, and make my second idea for the evening.
But I got excited with this first idea and never went on to make a 2nd. After that first melody, I start to hear more instrumentation in my head. I can't pull myself away. Every time I look up at the clock, I am surprised at how much time has passed. This idea is really fleshing out. This is phat. This is the point where I start to feel a buzz around my body, I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I crank up the track on the monitors and start dancing around the studio. These are the moments I live for. No person, place, or thing can make me as happy as making music.
By 11PM, I'm spent. Time to go wander the wasteland looking for materials that I can scrap for adhesive.
got a good chunk of guitars done last night, I still have some acoustic to do and maybe some 12 string and maybe some ebow, and then of course the solos, which I am NOT doing myself, but maybe I'll do one or two. I got 10 tracks of guitars for Temporary Housing, it's gonna be a thick song, I'm using several contrapuntal techniques only a theory nerd would appreciate, the original idea I wrote on the ipad using samples of my own voice, which was a neat experiment for about 4 seconds. contrast that to a few other song ideas where I'm going to keep it simple, one guitar, one bass, drums, vocals, like a live trio, it'll be awesome believe me. finish up guitars tonight and perhaps some keyboard stuff, the big one being flooded, which will be the keyboard equivalent of Temporary Housing, lots of moving lines and such. I have no idea when the vocals will be done at this point, but if I have all the instrumental bits done this week that will give the vocalists nothing but time. woot.
in other news deadpool this weekend, woot.
Took my first weekday evening off (I took the weekend off, but had been doing one weeknight guitar track a night since the start of February).
Fighting a bit of a cold (or something). Glad I'm not singing this year. More good stuff tonight, hopefully.
Phil here again....
These tunes are going to be amazing.
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