Category Archives: in the studio

Buzzie – The Mind Reels (New Album Announced)

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 3.45.07 PMI’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?”

You can find more Buzzie on our SoundCloud profile and on the Buzzie YouTube playlist.

Please enjoy responsibly.

Thanks, Buzzie.

On the Radio – A Radiohead Multi-Pak


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)

2. All I Need (draft w/ Ron Flynt)

3. Last Flowers (completed w/Ron Flynt)

4. Reckoner

5. Down Is the New Up

6. 4 Minute Warning



New Radiohead Video: Last Flowers (cover) by Buzzie

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.

Watch directly on YouTube: Last Flowers (radiohead) by Buzzie  © 2012 Happy Mac Tunes (ASCAP)

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:


Germany's ESC asks for the Buzzie version of Last Flowers for May Release
click to see larger version

Rock on!


@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)


A Great Big Day for Buzzie

recording drums today, for Buzzie #4

(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.

  1. Mics for real drums
  2. Getting good drum sounds
  3. 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!

buzzie in the studio with Barry Simon

Barry can even run the recording session with the iPad.

Let me know if you want to hear some daylies. (grin)


The Beginning of a New Digital Era: Buzzie’s V-Drum Unboxing

It wasn’t hard. And I had some help from Scrambles. Here is the outta-da-box experience with my new Roland V-Drums.

That all looks pretty serious. Like a drum kit.


All racked up with no where to go.


Had to go with the Iron Cobra.


Even the box had instructions.


Da Brain. Where all the sounds and midi comes from.


The pedal to nowhere. It’s virtual baby!


Even the box is pretty.


As close as V gets to real drum sounds.


Wiring up the brain. A little help from my furry friend.


Rockin da House Kit.


All set. All I need is a drummer. And a bit more cowbell, of course!