Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Song 5: Break In, Break Out (Intrumental)

So here it is: the product of many painstaking hours of button-mashing on my new phone. So yes, to clarify - this was composed and mixed in its entirety on a smartphone. It was only brought onto a computer to boost the volume a bit and upload it. At the moment I've chose to post it as just an instrumental track - singing into the phone proved to be a bit problematic and there really isn't software available (at least that I've found) to do the job properly. I may still choose to add some vocals later - we'll see. Anyhow, hope you like it. Take care.


A*


Monday, November 21, 2011

Song 5 : An Ambitious Endeavour

As a new owner of my first smartphone this month's song will be composed entirely on the phone itself (Android) using an app called "Caustic" among others.  Stay tuned. 

P.s. this is also my first post on the phone... the future is here... ha ha ha (sadistic laugh)


Monday, October 31, 2011

Song 4: Morning Light - Lyrics

Wait – to put if off for another day
Feeling tired and it’s getting late
Yes we’ve all made our mistakes
We go to sleep in bed we made
Twisted sheets and no pillowcase
We’re half awake and we...

Wait for the morning light
For all it brings and takes away

Wake – grab your things and come follow me
Let’s start the day a bit differently
There’s no time to show restraint
I just can’t leave things to fade away
You need to know what you mean to me
And together we will...

Face the morning light
For all it brings and takes away

If I could take just a moment now
To say what’s on my mind
And break the pattern down
Please don’t say it’s a waste of time
I’m just trying make it right
And see what we can find


Wait for the morning light
For all it brings and takes away

Face the morning light
For all it brings and takes away

Song 4: Morning Light

Apologies for the 20 day delay - on the bright side it now means deadlines have now been neatly reset to the last day of each month. So hear it is: "Morning Light". I did spend quite a bit more time on this one than the previous three - so hopefully it shows. I big shout out and thank you to Sarah Radford (aka 'Salt') for contributing the fab backup vocal tracks. Have a great day everyone and Happy Halloween.



Monday, October 10, 2011

Song 4 - Day 30: Apologies... Delayed

Hey all, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. I hope you all had a wonderful time with you and yours. I regret to announce that this months song is going to be somewhat delayed. It's been progressing well but I've run into a bit of a creative wall and I don't want to rush it just for the sake of having it done on time. In the meantime I'll dig through the archives and see if I can find something to release as another 'Bonus'. Take care.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Song 3: Lyrics

For those of you interested or having trouble understanding what I was singing in the last song - here are the lyrics:

For All We Are

And even if the walls were caving
And no escape for those left thinking that all is lost

I’d like to think while I’m still breathing
To take the sum of all I’m feeling – it’s all for love

For all we are – we’ll all find it’s all for love
We’ll all find – we all – we find this for ourselves

This pain is oft enough to break me
The sudden gust that pulls the footing to cause the fall

And when I look to see my failing
Regrets will not undo or change things – it’s not forgot

For all we are – we’ll all find it’s all for love
We’ll all find – we all – we find this for ourselves (x2)

Hour by hour
Year by year
Chase for more
Lose what’s real
We’re all tired out
Sick with doubt
Thought we had
It all figured out

For all we are – we’ll all find it’s all for love
We’ll all find – we all – we find this for ourselves (x2)


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I also just submitted this song earlier today to the 'International Song-Writing Competition'. Fingers crossed. Many thanks to Gary & Timm for forwarding me the info about submission deadlines - much appreciated. Take care and I'll keep you posted on the progress of Song 4.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Song 3 - Day 30: "For All We Are"

Good evening folks.  With 2 hrs to spare I'm pleased to be able to share with you the latest song: "For All We Are".  Not much to say about the song itself - I'm happy with it and hope you enjoy it too.  I will however say that I would like to dedicate it to my young nephew who underwent some pretty serious heart surgery earlier today.  Please keep him in your thoughts your prayers.  Goodnight... until next time.




Monday, August 22, 2011

Song 3 - Day 13 : Black Keys = Melancholy


So work is on it's way for the next song. Sounds like this one might be a bit melancholy. The reason I say that is because it's very heavy use of the black keys on the piano. Now in my limited knowledge of music theory I'm pretty sure that means I'm in a 'minor' key which normally invokes feelings of sadness and / or longing. Anyhow - we'll see - I could always just make the lyrics talk about sunshine and butterflies just to even things out a bit. Either way - I like how it's going so far and look forward to sharing it with you in a few weeks. Take care.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Song 2 - Day 30: "In Plain Site"

We're down to the wire but here it is - song 2! It's entitled "In Plain Site". At a good friend's request it was written on acoustic guitar and built up from there. For those of you who want to download a copy you'll be pleased to know this one's free again - at least until I can build a bit more buzz - so please spread the word. Hope you have a great week and certainly hope you enjoy the song. Talk to you soon.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bonus: Swimming with the Sharks

I'm usually pretty good at working under pressure so I'm not going to count myself out yet - but I have to admit I'm a little behind on 'Song 2' and there's only about 12 days left (5 of which I'll be out camping).  So... in an attempt to perhaps win myself a few grace days I've decided to give you another free song.  This one was actually written and recorded about 8 years ago in the Winter of '04 - but it's never been released before.  So enjoy this little B-side and I'll see you on the flip-side!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Song 2 - Day 15: ...On the streets of Philadelphia... La La La

So not much new to report on the progress of the song, you'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime my job sent me to Philadelphia so I have a few pictures to share with you. I'm also hoping to check out at least one music show while I'm here so I'll be sure to let you know about that. Anyhow here are the pics:

Old Town
Conspiracies anyone?

This is the pub from 'Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Song 2 - Day 6: An Awkward Introduction to the KORG nanoKontrol & Song 2

Not much to say about the progress with Song 2 so far - been procrastinating it a bit to be honest.  But in the meantime I got a new toy.  It's called the KORG nanoKontrol and it's a USB DAW Controller intended to streamline the Studio-In-A-Box experience.  Here's me awkwardly introducing it while Vivaldi's 4 Seasons plays in the background...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Song 1 - DITR: Lyrics & Feedback

So there's been a request that I post some lyrics for those of you having trouble understanding what I'm singing. The ideas are a bit fragmented but here they are:

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DITR:

sweet thing take your hardest swing
no matter if you stumble or fall to your knees
they say that your skin is though
you lily of the valley, my diamond in the rough
a diamond in the rough

and it don't have to hurt so much
you just have to call their bluff
and even when you've had enough
no you're just no giving up
and if you choose to run this race
and finish in dead last place
i know that your arms will be raised
and a smile on your face

chase dreams like they all grow wings
just beyond your grasp soon beyond your reach
your heart's racing but your feet won't stop
steps from the finish and eyes on the top

sometimes you'll take a road just to see how far it goes
so take this road and it will take you home

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At this point I'm also happy to welcome any comments / feedback.  It's more than likely I'll be packaging these songs together as an album after the year so I might be reworking some of them before then.  Again, hope you liked it and have a great rest of the weekend.  I'll be writing soon to introduce the start of 'Song 2'.  Until then...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Song 1 - Day 30: DITR has arrived!!!

Well 30 days are up and here's the first song as promised. I suppose it's technically called "Diamond in the Rough" but when I did a google search for it I discovered it's a very overused song title... so I've settled for the acronym "DITR". In my first post I had mentioned the possibility of selling each song for a bit of change - I still plan to do that eventually but for now this one is FREE! So feel free to download it and enjoy on the go. I would only ask that if you like what you hear then please spread the word - I'm trying to build a bit of a fan base for this project and I could use your help. So again, thanks for following over the past 30 days - stay tuned for Song 2 which will be due on August 7th and enjoy the listen.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Song 1 - Day 23: Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Progress is coming.  Pretty much done all the music - still sussing out the lyrics and general vocal melody.  Liking it so far - sounds pretty big.  I was talking with a friend earlier today who encouraged me to bust out the acoustic guitar again and simple things up a bit.  "It's too late for that on this one but maybe the next one brother".  So one week today and things need to be wrapped up.  Hope you all had a great long weekend and we'll chat again on the due date (if not sooner).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Song 1 - Day 16: Scratch that.

So my last post was bullocks.  Yeah, I came up with a cool idea the old-fashioned way... but thanks to my wife's helpful feedback I realized it sounded like a bunch of other songs I'd already written.  So, back to the drawing board... and back to the computer.  This time I started the writing process in reverse:  a drum pattern first, a little piano riff, a bass line and finally a simple guitar chord progression.  I'm pleased to say it's coming along quite well.  Still a bit daunted by the lyric / singing part - it's been awhile.  Given that I'm basically producing the full sound as I go - any samples would give away too much (spoiler alert!).  Stay tuned... only 14 days to go.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Song 1 - Day 12: Breaking Ground

I'm pleased to announce the writing process has officially begun - and the old fashioned way too!  Sans ordinateur (no computer), just a guitar, notepad and a tape recorder.  I'm trying to get as much written as possible before I start messing around all the bells and whistles the computer provides.  It's the way I used to do it back in high school and the results were some of pieces I'm most proud of.  I'm afraid there's not much to show yet but I'll try to give you a little snippet sooner than later.  Have a great week - talk to you soon.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Song 1 - Day 6: A Learning Curve

So here I am watching the Stanley Cup Final like the good Canadian I am and realize it's almost been a week without much to show in terms of music production.  In my defense I find myself battling a bit of a learning curve.  Without getting too technical - I've recently updated my computer to the latest version of Microsoft butchery (Windows 7) - only to find out that my music software of choice is no longer working for me (Cubase).  However my other recording program (Pro Tools) seems to be working just fine.  It's been a number of years since I last used it so it's taking some time to get back up to speed.  My summary would be that as a recording musician Cubase is great to help you get your ideas down really quickly and sounds pretty good too.  Pro Tools on the other hand is a little more cumbersome in terms of ease and intuitiveness but has the potential to make a better sounding recording. 

Vs. 

So yeah, I used to use Pro Tools because it's considered the "Studio Standard" and I was looking to get myself a job as a professional Jingle Writer.  In the meantime I also used the program to record this album a number of years back for my band at the time called 'Say Ah!'.  Anyhow - I'm rambling... the long and short of it is that I'm planning to do this project in Pro Tools and have been taking the past week to re-familiarize myself with the ins and outs of the program.  The idea for this first song that I've been playing around with in my head is to have a sort of dueling guitar + bass thing going on.  Not playing nice together or taking turns but actually alternating notes in quick concession.  To do it right is going to be quite an undertaking in terms of production - so I think I may put this idea on the back burner for another month and start with something a little more straight forward.  We'll see.  I am pleased to say that the week hasn't been completely fruitless in terms of music.  I did compose a little music (in the bar scene) for my wife's new acting reel.  Well, I've got 24 days left - that's plenty of time right!? ... Not looking good for Vancouver at the moment (losing 3-0)... shucks.  Goodnight folks.  Talk to you soon.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Song 1 - Day 1: An Introduction

So here's the scoop.  The video below should (however awkwardly) explain all the particulars of why I'm starting this blog; but here's a few bullet points to give you the quick rundown:

  • Today, June 9th - is Day 1 of Song 1 (despite the video saying 'June 7th)
  • By Day 30 (July 9th) - I will have written / produced / recorded a new song for your listening enjoyment
  • This 30 day cycle will continue for at least a year (12 songs)
  • Throughout the 30 day cycles I will do my best through regular posts to keep you up to date with the progress and perhaps share some "sneak peeks", ideas and rough cuts
  • On Day 30 the full song will be available to stream for free and download at a minimal fee (TBD)
  • These updates can be monitored either here on the blog or through this facebook fan page
  • The more people who follow the more pressure I have to stick to this.  So please help me out and spread the word.  Thanks.