[By Terry on 28/06/2016 with
"Oblivia" is done. It took 2 years to complete in it's ultimate form. I was recording new songs and a few months later deciding I didn't think the arrangements were exactly right so I shelved some and rerecorded others. At the end of the process I listened over and over looking for things I didn't like until ultimately I liked everything. My criteria was simple. If this were someone else's album how often would I listen to it. I have spotify which means I have access to almost everything that's ever been recorded at my fingertips. That was my benchmark. "Oblivia" is, for me, good enough to stand in that company. Some ego, right? No. Every artist in any genre has to use some form of this idea to do their best work. Whether time validates this is the question. We will see.
"Oblivia" is my third CD. "The prior CD, "The Lowdown" still gives me pride so that one is still available. The first was a learning experience. I was still learning how to do my own recording and you can hear that so I pulled it. The songs were ok but the recording wasn't. I played it too safe, arranging things to suit the music I heard around me rather than the music I heard in my head. Trying too hard for success in my line of work pretty much assures failure. Music fashion is constantly shifting but the distant sound that keeps pulling me forward is consistant. Now that is all I listen too. I make music for me and hope I am not alone in my enjoyment. Fuck it. Whatever happens happens and at least I can be proud of my work.
Which brings me to the present. As I was mixing "Oblivia" I began writing again, possibly as a counter point to the repitition of listening repeatedly to the same songs and tweaking the bass here and drums there in the mix it unleashed a little wave of creativity. I revisited a few songs from the deleted first CD, a few newer ones that didn't seem to fit "Oblivia" so weren't included plus several new ones from the last month or so and discovered 14 songs I liked. I am not going to take 2 years on this one. In August I am assembling my best friends in the studio and we are going to slam this new CD. I will narrow it down to 10 or 11 songs probably but it could be I record all of them. We are going into the rehearsal studio and do all the rhythm sections in 2 or 3 nights (my guys work fast and well) and then do overdubs for a week so this project should be complete within 2 weeks of it's inception. There's more but for now this is the news from lovely downtown Fürth, Deutschland except to say if you want a copy of "Oblivia" or "The Lowdown" you know where to find me. Cheers, Terry + add a comment
It's tempting to just hang out at home where it's warm and comfortable but there's stuff that's gotta get done. Rehearsals with the new bass player are going well. We discovered he also sings pretty good harmony, something I think he now regrets letting me know. He has to play bass and sing harmonies at once. It's not easy. It also looks as if there might be a drummer/percussionist coming on board. Andi plays well, listens, and seems to be interested in hanging out a while. This is how I look at it. I need good players. My stuff isn't usually so complex but truth is it's harder to play simple stuff well than more complex, but I digress. This usually means the musician is already involved in at least one other band/project. My question is can he play my music. His is trying to work out if this could go anywhere and how much can I make how soon. Musicians gotta eat too. I get it. With luck the right people cross your path eventually and you both fit into each other's big picture. Sound simple? It ain't.
I am driving myself crazy learning Cubase. In the end I will probably hire one of my Cubase experts to do most of it. I wanted to learn this program and do it myself. I see now by the time I was that good it would delay things by 3 or 4 months. Can't do that. I have 14 songs waiting to be recorded. The people I want to play on it are relatively open schedule wise. Last but definitly not least, I'm hot to get started, in the zone, chomping at the bit (sorry about that last one. A bit obscure..). Anyway you get the picture. I want to get started. Maybe I will do the one that follows this upcoming one. One thing though. I do like to have another set of ears for the mix. I usually pick someone secure enough to handle a lot of rejection. What I want is someone to curb my worst instncts, but not all of them. And if that person is also pretty slick at Cubase what's the harm? I've got somebody in mind.
I look forward to taking a batch of new songs from just me and a guitar to a full band arrangement. It's like building a house. First you do the foundation. You get the drums right. Get that feeling right and everything else comes easy. The bass player has probably been working out something over in the corner while you were working with the drummer, generally pissing you off but in the end, he gets it pretty fast. At this point sometimes it almost sounds so good you want to say that's enough. Throw some vocal harmonies on it maybe..Not often but sometimes. If you have the right guitarist he can usually find some cool, creative way to make you glad you wondered if he had any ideas. Sometimes the recording process is tedious, sometimes tense as when someone is having trouble nailing a part, but in general I enjoy it. The happy musical accidents that you would have never thought of but are too cool not to use and just hanging out sharing tasteless humor with people you enjoy anyway. It's not a bad job.
I have about 100 CDs available each of the new CD "Oblivia" and the prior "The Lowdown". They are real, grown up CDs. All beautiful artwork on the inner and outer jewel box, which coincidentally I did, wrapping a fine collection of songs. Hell, you buy it and don't like it, I'll give you your money back. Or maybe just call you and make you tell me just what you didn't like, what you would like, etc. Basically make your life miserable until you began to revise your earlier opinion. Anything's possible. 10 Euros per CD. Buy 2 and I pay the shipping, worldwide.
Last, there's a new video online. It's "The Amazement Of George". I used the audio from "Oblivia" and put a bunch of pictures behind it that were on my hard drive. Check it out. I love performing this one live. It only gets done with the right audiences but that's not so rare these days.
Bye. + add a comment