Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Resolution

My new year's resolution is to quit wasting my time trying to force myself to put out another album. There are a million better things to do after work in my spare time like just playing the guitar for the sake of it or just spending my evenings playing with my kid and watching DVDs after he goes to sleep.

I'll put up all the songs I have recorded one by one once I am sufficiently satisfied with the mix and production quality. It will never be perfect so brace yourself for imperfection. Stuff like "that ride cymbal is too loud or vocals are not up front enough" gets old. I have a hundred songs to slowly work through so I need to move on. It will get better believe me.

I am getting a little long in the tooth to be bothered about selling CDs or getting a song on the radio anymore so if I come up with something I think is worth letting other people listen to, I will just post it up here.

Will try to put up a new song every month to clear the backlog of songs accumulated. Have a great 2011!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Concept

"The Jester, The Clown and A Fool" is actually a seven song suite or you could categorize it as a long song made up of seven parts that ties together. It is over half and hour long so it is not an EP. To be honest it is all trial and error because I am new to recording and mixing on my own. It could take a while but I'll get there.

The concept of the new songs is loosely based on "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. I'm not going to explain the story or philosophy involved. It might bore you but it's not as pretentious as you think because it's mainly existentialist and part of everyday life. You can Wikipedia Albert Camus if you're interested. He's a great writer. The stoic and absurd aspects of the story are what I used in the songs because that is what I relate to in my own life.

These days I find that explaining things takes away from the personal aspect of any endeavor for me. At the end of the day it's just music with words put to it. Writing in the second or third person is something new for me. I am normally a first person narrative kind of guy but I guess there is a combination of both on these songs.

Will put another song up soon as a teaser once I get a mix I am happy with.