We should have a thread in here, don't you think? So now there is one, even if it's just a visitation of sorts. I used to write and record songs, but haven't really done that in a while. However, a few remain online. They're mostly the sort of pop you might expect from me, with a few anomalies.
Spent a few hours this morning and yesterday recording my first song in (4?) years. I wrote this almost 20 years ago, but not having anything recent that's ready to go, I dusted it off, changed a few lines, newly arranged it, and recorded it anew. Very rough going as I both try to learn how to record properly and get my fingers and voice into shape.
Yesterday I did another new recording, again of an old song. (Written in late 2000, based on my old notebooks.)
I really wish I were good at mixing, but I'm really, really not: I fumble and fiddle, but for example, when I play the tune through my Bose speakers, it sounds boomy and muffled in the (very prominent) low end; while through headphones or the MacBook speakers it's more or less how I imagine it. And that's just big picture. There are a million little things I just need to learn more about.
I might, for the first time in my life, actually look into the technical aspects of how to do a proper mix rather than my decades-old method of just, as I said, fiddling and fumbling.
Cap'n, I just gave your two new songs a listen (it took me a while to get here). They're your first in four years, I see. I remember enjoying songs of yours ages ago in Smiley times.
I don't hear the imperfections you mention, just two beautiful and solid songs. I'll put your SoundCloud page in my signature at Hoffman -- to echo BrianBSMedley, your music deserves a bigger audience!
Another new recording of another older song...though this one was mostly written in '12, so we're getting more modern after a couple of 20-year-olds!
"And Never Say" was newly arranged this week, as I've never really arranged and recorded it before. My scratch version was just piano and voice, so this guitar-based arrangement (with twists and turns in the bridge) was fun to do. What was originally a little keyboard idea is now a full-fledged riff!
I haven't yet posted, but I'm so excited I wanted to post about a new tune. I sent a somewhat standard (variations on a I-vi-ii-V7 verse, though some interesting changes throughout) ballad to an old friend of mine to add piano and/or organ to, as he's better than I am on keyboard instruments.
Friday night we talked about it. Saturday morning I awoke to a string ensemble arrangement he'd written and recorded overnight, very much in the style of Van Dyke Parks. It's remarkable--especially for one overnight session. Rather than continue in the more standard instrumentation I had in mind, I'm just going to go with a single-tracked vocal and strings. I think the tracking is done and just needs to be mixed.
I'm trying to keep up roughly a song a week at the moment (which isn't going to be possible on an ongoing basis). It's possible so far because I'm refurbishing and recombining and recording old songs that I've never properly recorded, never finished, etc. Along those lines...
Somewhere around 2014, I wrote a song called "Cardamom Coffee" that included both the refrain ("bacon and eggs...") and the outro found in this new version of a song by that name. The verses come from an idea I had around that same time but never fleshed out into a song: it was mostly just the opening line "I used to write songs about you and say that they weren't (ha ha)."
Most of the lyrics are new and the arrangement and recording are entirely new, with my favorite part of the arrangement being the clean-toned, delayed electric guitars that dominate the instrumental part of the coda (but are also foreshadowed earlier, including the intro).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new recording of this largely new song.
Keep on keepin' on. I recorded a song I first wrote about 6-8 years ago. On the first stab at it, I had played drums. Bad idea. This was done yesterday and today with the new setup. Organ introduced to the party. Probably the most like punk or raw garage rock sounds I get.
I recorded another new one, in keeping with my song-a-week goal. I wrote this in 2008; this recording is totally new, done over the past few days, with a few 2010 lyrics and a few new lyrics added in. I usually don't write fiction, but this is an entirely fictional narrator and situation.
(Except that the day I wrote the chord progression, I was indeed drinking tequila from a coffee cup. And I did [and do] own a stolen goblet.* It held margaritas at the now defunct Don Pablo's chain of Mexican restaurants. Those things are true.)
This one uses for the basic tune something I wrote around 2008 (though the middle 8 is entirely new). I'd never really recorded it except for myself as simple demo. This has almost entirely new lyrics--everything except the first line of the refrain--and a generally new arrangement. I kind of like it, don't love it. Very intentionally nodding to "Getting Better," which I had just been discussing in the Beatles thread, for the intro and end of each refain.
Hope you enjoy "Bring On the Summer." I think it's a pleasant little song.
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT
B.E.: So, "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" quotes a Kenny Rogers song. Had no idea...
Sept 19, 2021 18:50:49 GMT
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT
Kapitan: That is NO EXCUSE. You're guilty as charged (said the guy who realized today he started a Prince thread like a month or more ago and 100% forgot about it).
Sept 20, 2021 22:48:03 GMT