In an effort to get into the habit of updating this thing regularly, even when I don't think I have very much to say, I give you this entry.
Musical activity in the past week has mostly involved recording an updated version of the song "Man Of Steel" and writing a new, as yet un-named, song. The new recording of "Man Of Steel" has come about as part of an effort to show the song off to other people who potentially might like to perform and/or record it themselves. I thought there might be some hope for it, as it has long been one of my favorites among the songs I've written. I've never thought I was the one particularly suited to sing it, and I've been lucky enough to hear it sung by others- when I was in Primrose Hill we performed it several times with Carol Jacobanis singing, and Jessica McLaren has performed and recorded the song. Despite my two previous recordings of the song, my original demo and the version on "Everything I Said", I didn't think I had an appropriate demo of the song suitable for circulation. That and the fact that I'm pretty compulsive about revisiting my earlier work has led me to the current recording. It's a full band arrangement with quite a bit more going on than the EIS version. It's more patterned after the original demo I did the night I finished writing the song, but hopefully with drums that sound better than the cheesy drum machine on that version. Yesterday was spent editing together an acceptable bass track from a few different takes I had done last week. Today I am hoping to finish off the instruments and start in on the vocals, although if I get as sick of the song as I did towards the end of yesterday, there could be trouble
With similar intentions, last month I re-recorded the song "Sentimental Tune". The results of that effort can be downloaded from the MP3 section of the Washington Post's website here.
Also in the works since my last entry is a brand new song. I'm quite happy with the musical side of it so far, but I will need to hunker down and work on the lyrics before I'm sure I have a real song on my hands. There are lyrics in place temporarily for the chorus, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they suck.
Welcome to the Blog. This seemed like the best way to guarantee a fairly steady amount of fresh content for the website, given the slow pace that the production of the new record has taken on. I will make an honest effort to update this thing frequently, but time will tell.
As I was saying, work on the new record has been reaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllly slow, but the good news is that I'm very happy with the way things are sounding. Many tracks are in the works, but so far only five are assured of spots on the new album. "Life Goes On", "We're So Happy", "Slow Children At Play", "Choir Of Angels", and "The Wedding Song" are all sure-fire bets. None of them are completely finished yet, but they're 90% of the way there, and I am very happy with the way they sound.
The craziness that is my life, in addition to slowing down the recording process, has also brought my schedule of live performances over the past two years to a virtual standstill. The only thing I can tell you about coming up is I will be playing as part of the aptly named "M.E.A.N.Y. Fest" in New York this September. Apparently this thing has been going on for a couple of years now, but I only just heard about it a few months ago. I figured since they went to the trouble of naming the festival after me, the least I could do was play there.