I did a quick webcam acoustic demo of resection earlier today. I went back and did an mp3 conversion of it, as well, and then went back to the webcam acoustic demo of never die, and put up an mp3 conversion of that source audio, too.
So, I’ve combed through the site and removed all of my old production and song background notes. I’ll probably start pointing people here again, and try to push the boulder up the hill one more time.
I’ve been listening to Crumb a lot lately (the good Crumb, not the many bad Crumbs that are out there). If the music itself wasn’t depressing enough, the fact that Crumb broke up and Britney Spears has a hit single based on a bad pick-up line is. Some people have revenge fantasies. I have a fantasy about being a hugely commercially successful musician, so I can cover a Crumb song or two, and get people to flip out when they realize they can buy the first album for a penny, and the second (last) album for a quarter on Amazon. I used to buy out every copy of Romance is a Slowdance from Moby Disc when I lived in LA, because it was in the dollar bin. I’d rifle through it, grab them all, and give them away to anyone I thought might like it.
While looking around to see if Crumb still existed and had put out any records I missed, I discovered a newer, crappier band also called Crumb. I was sad, because at first I thought they’d put out a new record, then I discovered it was just some random trio from Ireland. However, I did find out that Robby Cronholm has a new band called Taxes. His voice doesn’t sound like it used to, I’m not sure what’s different about it. I hope he keeps making music, in any case. He’s very good.
I’ve been playing made in korea a bunch lately for some reason. I also broke out ye olde towne drume machine and set it to playing the bassline and some semblance of the drum part, in true idiot robot fashion.
I’ve been thinking about what “demo” means, too, and I’m considering going for quantity over quality for a bit. The big hold-up has always been that the recordings don’t sound good enough for my taste, but that creates a sort of negative vortex of displeasure with the end product, which leads to less production, which leads to less practice, which leads to displeasure with the end product.
My girlfriend and I have been excavating our way through the living room, which holds treasured ancient artifacts like the 788 beneath its mountain ranges. I’ve always felt that most of my songs were like lanced boils, things born of pain that demand release, though hopefully less disgusting. They’ve been demanding release more frequently these days, for whatever reason.
So I’d like to start producing what I would characterize as “junk demos,” with truly terrible production values and laughable rhythm performances, courtesy of Dr. 670, but with the not insignificant advantage of being audible to people other than me. We’ll see how this new initiative pans out. Me and initiative, not the best of friends.
I’ve been sitting here playing with WordPress as a new platform for the site, as much as an exercise for our home-based web development business as for the site itself. Songs and previous News pages, comprising probably 90% of the old site’s contents, have been largely repurposed into the new data format. Next up, learning how WordPress Themes work, and trying to make the new site look as much like the old one as possible. Not because the old site looked so awesome that it was timeless and should never change, but because that way I have a point of reference for how long it might take me, and what kind of work is involved, to take a working site or wireframe or mock-up and convert it to a custom WordPress Theme.
Sorry, the first News update in literally years doesn’t include any new songs. I do have lyrics for several, for, as always, though I am not terribly reliable about sharing, I am pretty reliable about actually writing. Priorities and goals are liquid at this point, not just for my “band,” but for life in general. It’s all very daunting. Life, I mean. My stomach is upset just thinking about it, nevermind facing it.
On the up side, that feeling almost always results in good, new music. Among other things. See you soon. Ish.
It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve posted any kind of update. My divorce is slated to end in the beginning of February, 2009, and I’ve been trying to keep from saying much about it online until it’s done, given the embattled nature of the case.
I have mostly been playing MMOs like World of Warcraft, and in keeping with the spirit of a show I’ve come to really love, called Outlandish Podcast, I did a parody of a Fall Out Boy song. Give guildies, we’re goin’ down a listen if you’re into that sort of thing.
Wow. So, I took the worst vacation ever. Then I wrote a song. It’s called three days in a hospital. Because… I spent three days in a hospital. Over a girl that I wrote die this way for, ironically. And I nearly did. But enough about that.
I got John Mayer‘s first EP just before the holidays. I was listening to it a lot. I’ve decided that doing full versions of songs that I write in that way isn’t really as critical as I used to think. So, the bad news, if there is any, is that you won’t likely hear as many full versions for demos as you might have before. The good news is that there will be more demos, period, and for those that prefer the one-guitar-one-voice format, well. Bonanza.
I haven’t been recording much lately, what with all the stress going on surrounding a divorce and a custody battle. More of a custody arm-wrestling match, you know, but still. It’s not going terribly smoothly, although I guess that’s all relative.
Anyway, it’s been all Third Eye Blind and John Mayer lately, and I thought I’d branch out and record and share an acoustic cover of wounded, a Third Eye Blind song that I’ve really loved for years, but only recently started playing. It’s technically interesting, the composition is great, the lyrics are solid… all around, a great song. I don’t know that I necessarily wish I’d written it, but if I don’t, I almost do. If that makes any sense.
Yeah… I was very tired. But since I have no real control over much of anything in my life, including when the songs come, well… here’s a new one.
It’s sad, but I think that this might also be the first song I’ve actually written in 2006. Yeah… fourth fiscal quarter action. Anyway, here’s the new song, complete with a quick-and-dirty acoustic demo. It’s called hypothetically, if i had a friend…
Well. That took a lot longer than I thought it would. Much distress abounds in my personal life, but at the urging of some close friends, I’ve decided to fight back with song instead of with… ahem… City of Heroes.
So, the first new recording of 2006, 9 months along, was also the first song written in 2005. That’s right, they’re everywhere has finally been recorded, and hopefully I can knock out a few more before I have to pack up my studio yet again. Well, maybe. It’s all up in the air.