I’m happy to say our first three tracks for the next Buzzie CD are done. I am going to share them here in story format. And as we move forward with selections for the next album songs, I’ll keep this post updated, for those following along.
Track 1 – Higher Than Anyone
This is a song that describes the highs and lows we creative types tend to go through.
Track 2 – A Good Day
Looking to keep things on a happy or positive keel, sometimes it’s like a prayer to keep going.
Track 3 – Do You Feel?
As the relationship falls apart, the singer is asking, “Do you want love, do you want anything?”
The Head Radio Tribute CD has been a nice awakening of just how powerful the In Rainbows disc was to me during my recent divorce. The cover of Last Flowers was a less than hopeful play to get my leaving lover to reconsider her decision. I’m sure she heard it, once. She never commented on it.
As part of my Songwriter’s Notebook, Here are the tracks in progress.
1. Nude (vocal over existing RH tracks, will be re-recorded)
So putting music on YouTube is like, part of the global plan for everyone. Fans make videos to their favorite songs, people post complete tracks with the album cover as the entire show. So, how do we get our music up to YouTube without being really boring?
This song Last Flowers (on the way to the hospital) was an unfinished Radiohead song from The Bends era. It showed up on the In Rainbows (bonus tracks). It kicked my ass and I called Ron and asked if he would help me. The entire thing was done in a matter of hours in Ron’s studio. I retracked the vocals in the living room of my house, in the closing days of my marriage. Not to be dramatic, but this song sort of captures the whole thing for me.
My dear friend and music producer Ron Flynt held down all the instrument duties and let me focus on the non-autotuned vocal. It’s in the push and effort that the soul of the music is discovered. This is raw and unpolished for a reason.
And if that weren’t cool enough, I got this email last week from ESC, a German label that is putting a Radiohead Compilation together:
Here’s a quick peek at what happened here on Sunday when Barry Simon, formerly a bandmate in Blue Cartoon, came over and added some drums to my song. I’m pleased. Granted this version has no bass yet, and the mix is still not quite right, but I think the shape of the song is beginning to come out. Thanks Barry!
(image is of iPad as control surface using Digital Performer, cool huh?)
Yesterday I bought my first drumkit. It’s the least satisfying thousand bucks I’ve ever spent, partially because I don’t play drums, and partially because I kinda dread setting them up… but…
I now have drums!
So today I’m recording drums with my old buddy from Blue Cartoon, Barry Simon. And a couple things I won’t have to worry about today.
Mics for real drums
Getting good drum sounds
A drummer with an attitude
I picked up a set of Roland’s V-Drums, and man have they come a long way! Now I can record Barry’s performance in both sounds and midi. Then if I want to “collective soul up” my song I can simply replace the “wilco-trapkit” with the “heavier-things-kit.” Viola!
Barry can even run the recording session with the iPad.
Let me know if you want to hear some daylies. (grin)