A couple musical updates.
I'm on the tail-end of getting my demos done. I only have a couple more things to put together before I can take it to my cousin for mastering. Here are the couple of the remaining tasks:
That's about it. Then I can do my best to mix it before I take it to Kelly for mastering.
However, it doesn't look like I'm going to get to turn it into a CD any time soon. The strike took a good chunk out of my regular income and recent car trouble took a further chunk out of any selfish endeavors for a few months.
In the meantime, I've been uploading all of Once and Over Again to BandCamp.
I also sang a few songs at the open mic night at Tractorgrease Cafe a few weeks ago. The originals were well-received, so that's encouraging.
Here's something cool from BigThink: Warren Berger discussing questions:
Here's my favorite part:
I mean we've got so much that we have to adapt to. We have to solve problems. We have to deal with change, uncertainty and questioning is the tool or one of the primary tools that lets you do that. A great definition I saw for questioning is that questioning enables us to organize our thinking around what we don't know. So in a time when so much knowledge is all around us, answers are at our fingertips, we really need great questions in order to be able to know what to do with all that information and find our way to the next answer.
Nothing fancy, but it's nice to hear a few or my biases get some confirmation.
By the way, I got a little more recording done. I recorded my uncle Monte's guitarwork and my cousin-in-law's voice for "Living the Dream," as well as a touch of vocals from my brother's wife Rachelann on "Soothe Me." I'm very, very close to having it all done. I can almost taste it.
Distorted guitar solos.
Later in the song, when the big lead guitar returns over the final repetition of the chorus, I didn't need to splice this in; in that section, the slide was dirty enough. But for the solo proper, the bits of lo-fi distortion seemed necessary.
My recordings' uncanny valley.
Above I've posted a mix of "This is the Time." I hope to get my wife to join Nicola's voice, but I bet the song's pretty-much done.
It sounds rough. I don't really know what to do to fix it. The bass doesn't cut through; the guitars sound kind-of dead; the vocals seem distant. It could rock, but it's missing some essential ingredients. And I'm not talking about the drum machine; the drum machine can rock pretty hard. I'm talking about everything else.
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