Archive for June, 2010

wednesday wallop #26 > a voice

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
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I don’t know if I have ever mentioned this, but when I set out to do this project of writing a song (or wallop) a week, the only caveat or parameter was that I will not do cover songs, or songs other people wrote. All “pieces” must be original. Every thing else is pretty much open. Music, spoken word, songs, all formats / styles – whatever captures the old muse. I am at the half way point – and continue to enjoy myself immensely. A lot of very cool things have happened since I started this project. I have had offers from publicity folks, musicians…collaborated with various artists, done commercial jingles and even got signed to a very cool New York agency that has a broad and impressive client list…but more on that later. This week we have a rather unusual piece called a voice. It is a kind of spoken word format with percussion, synths and a rather unorthodox musical bed. A voice is really something to be in awe of – we all have them – externally and internally, and they can offer great blessings – and the potential for great wrath. how are you using yours?

a voice

a voice is a curious thing
to give one hope – to break a dream
to pick one up – to knock one down
send a smile send a frown
a voice is a curious thing

a voice is a curious thing
you can bring it high – you can make it swing
sing maybe or go low on the right suss
a lot to show a voice…curious

a voice is a curious thing
in just the note nobody wrote
you understand the man, the soul, the roles, faces – places – time
a voice is a curious thing

a voice is a curious thing
asking answers chances taking breaking loving
shoving vocally a threat, get out – come in, win, buy sign fly go
a voice is a curious thing

pray stay lie curse verse
song sing kings queens means
screams whispers listen…
a voice is a curious thing

a voice is a curious thing
man makes a plan stand tall
fight – right? promise much?
such a thing, a voice…curious

curious

a voice is a curious thing (3X)

wednesday wallop #25 hey yo

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
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you can breathe a collective sigh of relief this week my friends…it is officially the closest I came to not delivering a weekly wallop. The distractions, appointments and things “other” were, to be frank, almost insurmountable. I think the World Cup Africa thing has had an influence on the feel – but that is a distant memory – I have been unable to watch because of “things other”. I heard today America did an outstanding overtime finish – with the victory being so exciting Twitter crashed. I have to go even now – but leave you with hey yo

wednesday wallop #24 > electro monk

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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OK – so this week we have the World Cup in full force. I never was much of a fan as far as watching soccer before I lived in Europe, but since then I have come to really appreciate the sport – and I have been keeping up with the games. What this means in terms of music production is that I have had a little less time in the studio than I might normally. No harm though – the WW must march on, and on it marches this week with a little something else. Lively percussion, processed guitar, synthesizers, house bass and drum, vocal choir, and a melody that keeps on going on. I also ran a snare drum sample as a clap effect – and at the end of the song actually utilized all 61 keys on my keyboard & in various configurations, extremely low, and high – with the very last thing you hear being the original sample. The sample is played properly only once thus. Why – you might ask, do I do this? I guess the answer is I like to experiment with sounds, I mean – this one snare sample sounds like claps, thunder and a gunshot – as well as as picking teeth and even a snare drum in the space of 30 seconds…isn’t sound cool? Plus, how else would I end up with electro monk

How many helps thou giv’st to those would learn!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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To some sore pain, to others a sinking heart;
To some a weariness worse than any smart;
To some a haunting, fearing, blind concern;
Madness to some; to some the shaking dart
Of hideous death still following as they turn;
To some a hunger that will not depart.

GM

wednesday wallop # 23 my paradise

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
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there must be some kind of relationship between the songs I end up wanting to do, and the thing I said or did the week before…as I look over the weeks there seems to be an almost pendulum like swing in styles and directions…don’t you think? It might be hard for you to say – you did not hear the accordian piece I started…yep – accordian…sadly, that song has been set aside for two reasons…1) I want to use a live accordian and I don’t have one, and 2) I might bring an accordian player if I can find one, do you play? It is a matter of routine lately that I start one song, and then go somewhere else. Anyway – this weeks wallop is called “my paradise”. The original idea actually is from a song I wrote years ago – but this approach is much different. We have some choral stuff, some stacked harmonies, some of this, and a little of that…a lot of that actually, and while I’m talking about that – getting the birds to cooperate from the bridge out was probably one of the most difficult aspects of the song. I am putting the lyrics here too. Click arrow to listen

my paradise

something in me gets me fired up
giving me a chance to see yeah
see through all the lies and hate oh all that misery

something in me brings me to my knees
making my spirit breathe yeah
closer to my Lord
to the King of Kings

I’m down low lifted high
help me Lord see with your eyes
set me free from my sin
and any place that you aren’t in
to my Lord I aspire
burning with a holy fire

bring me to my paradise

I’m so lost without you Lord
this worlds making its claim on me yeah
making that gold and silver shine
trying to make me blind

I’m so glad you are here right now
Christs blood set me free yeah
free from all I have defaced
all my horror and dismay

I’m down low lifted high
help me lord see with your eyes
set me free from my sin
and any place that you aren’t in
to my Lord I aspire
burning with a holy fire

bring me to my paradise

oh my paradise (out)

new album artwork #2

Monday, June 7th, 2010
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refresh album cover
I neglected to feature this news bit on my home page – so here you go…this art concept will be from the “refresh” album. I want to thank Josh for his amazing work on this cover. He is a master. This album will be available for shipment in about a week, but you can order it now here
If you would like to see the cover in a larger close up click this image.refresh

wednesday wallop #22 > between raindrops

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
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what a day…what a week even! Thanks so much to all of you that have written or responded to the article…it has been, and is a lot of fun! I suppose I am not alone in the amping up of sports and various activities as Summer rolls its golden face our way. School is winding down, I have had some very cool things happen musically that I will be sharing with you a little later. However, for now, we must do the wallop # 22…and I must say, this was finished with some plates spinning in my private and social life that…well…made me feel somewhat acrobatic. Tonight for example – after a baseball game – I had to run to the kabobs on the weber grill, the rice in the kitchen, and down to studio pajamas for the last drum arrangements before vocals. The vocals on this are 1 take, 1 track – and somewhat unusual one might say. There is a morph using a vocoder that you’ll have to hear – better than me explain….drums and percussion bounce all over the place on this piece…right and left panning and effects everywhere, ghost notes abound…as far as the music goes – I messed around with the pitch bend and modulation a lot – it almost sounds Eastern at times – with something more than a scale – and less than a tune and I don’t mind…neither does my label..so here it is between raindrops