Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New Material

Considering I hardly update this page, I'm not surprised that hardly anyone checks in here anymore. However I will still update it periodically for people wondering if there is any new music available.

Work and family life are kicking my butt these days. I don't micro-manage anything but there are ways of doing things that help me get by. Let's just say when I have to do something, it normally gets done. I can only talk about it for so long.

I've always said that writing songs is easy but recording is hard work. Doing it right and making it sound great isn't easy especially when you're recording in your spare bedroom with minimal equipment. It can work and sound like a million bucks if done right but it can also sound like a train wreck. I don't demo my songs because I either record it well or let it go because it all takes effort. Plus there is no point recording anything more than once. You should move on to the next song if it doesn't work. That is what I have been doing.

The new song "Shadows" has been uploaded so check it out. It is a little different with the 6/8 time signature guitar riff and verse but it is still just another exercise in songwriting for me. It started out as a guitar instrumental but I managed to come up with a melody and some stream of consciousness lyrics for it.

Mixing it was a nightmare though. The guitar textures and layering were challenging because there were a lot of little parts intertwined. Getting the right tone and blend takes time. I'm not a recording engineer, producer or mixer but I know the sound I want and I strive for it even if it takes me forever.

Usually when I don't get it right I just leave the song and move on. Sadly a few songs have turned out that way. I might send them to someone else to mix if I feel the songs are worth putting out. However I see no point in spending good money on something unless I'm going to release it commercially. We'll see how it goes.

Email me at: amitabh@tragicomedysongs.com if you want to download any of the songs or get a copy of the last album. Or just drop me a line and give some suggestions on what type of songs to explore and write.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lyrics

I really don't spend that much time on lyrics. It's usually the music that is time consuming for me. I normally write whatever I'm feeling at that moment. Sometimes it's stream of consciousness and sometimes it may be something I'm going through. If I listen back to it and don't cringe, then I keep it. Sometimes I do change it around a fair bit.

"Never Lonely" for example was a song I wrote for my wife before we got married 7 years ago. It's the first "love" song I had ever written. My songs before that tended to be a little darker, especially during the time with my previous band AmIgone.

Someone put up the lyrics for "Never Lonely" online a while back and as usual they got it wrong. Even the people who try to sing it get it wrong. The chorus is almost always sung wrong by whoever is singing along to it.

Honestly, I'm happy anyone would sing along to the song. The fact that the song got on the radio and a whole bunch of people know it, is in itself awesome for me.

Anyway, if you want to get those two lines in the chorus right, here it is:

"I would never only watch the time pass by
I am never lonely with you here by my side"

Nothing could be simpler...

Check one of the previous post for the full lyrics.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Siddhartha

"I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and start anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace."

- SIDDHARTHA. HERMAN HESSE

Siddhartha is one of my favourite books. It is not about the Buddha, as some people who haven't really read it might think. The story is parallel to it but it is really about a guy who took a different decadent path but came back to the same place. Basically it's about finding your own way and learning through your own pain in order to become wiser. At the end of the day attaining peace and freedom is all we want. And the only freedom in life is freedom from desire.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Deftones

The Deftones are one of those bands I always check out when they put out an album. Curiously their stuff is always the same but different, if that makes sense. It's like a friend who changes over the years but is still very much the same person you've always liked.

I remember when I was studying in Buffalo, New York back in the 90's I missed the Warped Tour with them playing. There was a buzz about them on the first album but I only really got into them with the second album when they slowly found their sound.

Valentine's this year was special because I finally got to see them play. It was awesome and exceeded my expectations. The energy was incredible. The whole band was great but I was impressed with the presence of Chino, their front man. He didn't have to say much or pander to the crowd. The dude just did his stuff and sang his ass of and I have to say I am a bigger fan now than ever.

I recorded most of the show on my H1 Handy Recorder. It's a better souvenir and keepsake than any t-shirt I could have bought. I'll be playing it for my kid when he gets older. He already likes the song "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)". I played it once in the car while driving him and he wanted to listen to it over and over. Kids are like that. If they hear a song they like, they want to listen to it over and over again...well, my boy anyway. The only song of mine he wants to listen to over and over again is "Death Defying Stunt". It's great because it's a song I wrote for him. The fact that it's one of the heavier songs I've written doesn't bother him.