Dog Days

[By Terry on 29/08/2016 with 0 Commments]

The end of summer, more or less. Gotta say though it's been a good one. Never got too hot and there were nice bits of rain in there. I like rain. Doesn't matter; summer, winter, it makes me want to stop whatever I am doing and sit by the open window and watch the rusting metal roof below my office window get a deeper red as it's soaked. And Fürth has some pretty good storms too. The only thing I like more than a good hard rain? A great storm. I want lightning, thunder, wind and rain, blown horizontally hopefully.

August gigs in Germany usually involve a beer garden. I used to dread these gigs (the only thing worse is a line dance gig, which I stopped a few years ago, right after they stopped calling :-) but after a while I figured it out. Just relax, do what I like and have fun. I always thought you had to play complete shit for this sort of gig but I was wrong. People after a large meal and well into their 3rd beer are pretty easy to get along with. Give them some songs they can sing along with and you have the makings of a nice afternoon for everyone. And last but not least, the great food and local beers I feel obligated to consume.

I am 2 songs into the early 2017 CD. They are still writhing around on my recorder trying to become a real song. . I think one is pretty good. The other isn't right. It's a dark little song I envisioned as a slab of musical noise and that should be less that 2:30 minutes long. Somehow though it never seems to be what I can hear in my head. While this simmers on a back burner I am going to start the process again with 2 more songs. The process being getting 2 songs and 5 musicians into the rehearsal room and recording for about 6 hours. From this evening the important tracks are the drums ultimately. Every thing else I can redo at home if nessessary. Then for the next couple weeks a procession of the usual suspects pass through my apartment leaving guitar, bass, keys, sometimes vocal harmonies on top of the basic drums and bass tracks we did in the studio. It feels sooooo slow as a song goes from being written, rewritten and then rewritten, arranged and recorded, possibly rerecorded if nessessary as the idea for the songs changes. That's my curse and dilemma. I have a hard time knowing when to quit. Arrangement is BIG. You gotta wrap that baby in a great arrangement before you shove her out there into the cold old world and move on to whatever's next.

cheers,

          Terry
 

 

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Lots of stuff happening.

[By Terry on 03/11/2016 with 0 Commments]

This is a busy time. I am now working most gigs with a guitarist. This adds a lot of fun and better music to each gig. It allows me to put on stage each song a lot closer to the way it sounded in my head when I wrote it. At the same time I am working in rehearsal with a full band that will be out there as soon as I stabilize which players will be involved and they learn the material. Andi is playing guitar at the moment but will be moving to keyboards. The bass player Dan, is good as well. This means I need a drummer and guitarist to complete the line up. Gigs for the band are available but I am not going to schedule them until I feel good about the music we put out there. When it is right and tight you will hear. It shouldn't be long.

Also I am making videos on some new songs. This will be, most likely, a more acoustic approach than full band, upright acoustic bass, electric guitar and myself on acoustic guitar. I like this configuration. With the right players it can be very effective. I have the right guys scheduled for rehearsals with video shoot to happen in the middle of November, 2016. I am getting some help from a friend to bring up the production values for these videos. Most of my prior stuff was not up to what should be. From now on I think things will be better. It makes little sense to write something good, get good players to help play it then drop the ball at the last stage, recording and making videos. I am learning. What I can't do I will turn over to someone who can.

I read somewhere that a large percentage of success is simply showing up. I might add another cliche. Plan your work and work your plan. Words to live by.

 

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