Monday, June 20, 2011

4 of 3

Matthew likes to make a liar out of me, apparently.  I put up a blog post about our 3 new songs, and he goes and writes another.

I liked recording this one.  We just set up shop in my dining room, with the kids asleep upstairs.  My wife was walking through to the kitchen to get a snack.  I had to take the bag of chips away from her because it was making too much noise in the background (she was supplied a bowl with chips in it instead).

Matthew played the main guitar part, then decided to fiddle around with a second part.  Within twenty minutes the second part was written and recorded.

As you can see, we did not have enough mic stands. Turns out mics work just as well when you sit them on the table next to a bottle of single barrel Knob Creek.

I am very happy that we can get a product like this from such a simple recording setup.  And now with a little experience under my belt, I can quickly create a mix that I'm happy with.

So, thanks, Matthew.  You can make a liar out of me any time.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

One Good Day

It seems when I get the pen, I tend to write about depressing subjects.  We already have two songs dealing with the aftermath of death as proof.

I tried my best to write another depressing song, this time with a little more anger.  Matthew, however, turned it around.  The lyrics for this song were originally about my grandmother in a nursing home and the despair she was facing.  Many of the final lyrics are the same as the original, but enough different so that the entire song comes from somewhere else.

My grandmother passed away just a few weeks ago.  It was certainly upsetting, but it also brought a sense of relief to see her at rest.  I am glad that this is the song that developed, and not the one that could have been.

The song is just Matthew on guitar and vocals so far.  I played a drum part that has potential, but isn't worth sharing.  Honestly, I think it sounds so good the way it is that it could stand on its own.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

How do I write about this one?

The 2nd new song is titled "Power and Might".

I am going to keep the explanation for this one on the simple side.

My niece died in a car accident last year.  I didn't know her as well as I could have, but I have come to know her family pretty well.  She is not a blood relation due to a marriage in the family, but I don't really feel like that matters.

I traveled to Kentucky for her wake and funeral, and it left a mark.  Especially on my limited understanding of fatherhood.  Let's just say Zoe and Georgia are more precious to me now.

I wrote the original words.  Matthew did some smithing to make it fit for a song.  The melody he wrote is a perfect mix of beauty and heartbreak.  This recording did not turn out the best, and the song is still too long.  We'll need to figure out which section to trim and try again.  But if we can keep these vocals, I will.