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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Romanian tour news and work on the upcoming CD

[By Terry on 04/05/2017 with 1 Commments]

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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