[By Terry on 04/05/2017 with
After a calm winter things are getting busy. The drums and bass tracks are in for the upcoming CD. These tracks are now in the capable hands of the keyboard player. He the same guy who played on and mixed my 2014 CD "The Lowdown". I didn't ask him to play on "Oblivia", the next one but probably should have. At the time I was thinking I wanted a more simple sound but in retrospect I think Uli could have been good at simple too. After I meet with him on 15/5 we turn will turn everything over to Günes Sensoy sometime after the 20th to make the guitar tracks. A departure here is that a friend and amazing bassist is helping me produce it. That means we discuss what each song needs and how best to make it happen. It's nice to work with someone with opinions and ideas.
All this is happening as I pull together a tour of Romania in June. We are playing in the South first, 1 week, 5 gigs. then we return a few weeks later and play in the North. I will be posting the schedual here and on FaceBook. Rehearsals for that tour will probably take place in Bucharest a few days before the tour begins. Günes has found us good Romanian rhythm section for this tour but it still takes a few days in the rehearsal studio to get a complete show down, particularly when you play original songs.
So life is busy right now but that's good. Busy enough not to be bored but no much as to be crazy. More news here as the tour dates are confirmed and the new CD progresses.
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[By Terry on 18/06/2015 with
It's summer in Bavaria. That means a lot of sitting outside with a beer and gigs mostly around Bavaria where I live. In what was probably not the most well thought out decision I am spending this summer playing gigs pretty close to home. I reserve the long road trips with hours of waiting outside on train connections, etc. for the dead of winter when I can freeze my ass off. Some day I gotta fix this but it looks like not 2015.
I have finally figured out how to do this new CD. I have started and stopped twice because I couldn't get exactly the right approach. I liked the last CD. The band was good. The songs came pretty well. The recording was clean and nicely produced but I want something a bit closer to the bone on this upcoming one. Gradually I am understanding that just because you can add a part, no matter how cool it is, to a song sometimes it's better not to. Simplicity. Let the song breath a little. Don't over produce. That is going to be the mode I will use now. Luckily I have a circle of friends who are very, very good musicians to join me. I also have about 16 new songs from which I will probably do 10 plus a couple cool covers. Timo, the drummer on this project reasoned that it might help people who know nothing of me to find my music on the internet when they see a version of something they know and like done by me. Then hopefully they will check out the original material too. Makes sense as I think about it. Now all I have to do is figure out what to record. Too many great songs out there for this to be an easy decision.
So until you return to my site have a good summer, don't get any new tats with your current boyfriend or girlfriend's name (Trust me on this. Someday you'll thank me) and if we aren't friends on facebook maybe work on that. I will be posting MP3s of some of the new CD there as things progress. Here too probably. Cheers, Terry.
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