Placebo Bands are here! (Oh and I had a pre-production meeting for a short film)

And I feel better already!

Why I think I may even be able to type this post while fending off a puppy attack and not cough once qiwety!! Curse. At least I and my puppy feel better semiquantitatively in a statistical manner.

Thanks, Skeptic Bros!

In other news, the pre-production meeting went well for the short film “Three Yellow Roses”, which is the first in a quadrilogy of short films. I’m looking forward to working on it. And I also signed myself up for some ADR, and maybe some Foley.  Good times!

Now off to a Superbowl party where I will imbibe in water and un-alcohol. Meh.

Scoring a short film II

Nikki Young (from PrimaDonna Productions, Inc.) called me earlier this week to see if I would be interested in scoring a short film she is working on. I, of course, said “Yes,” And I am very excited about it. I say anything about the film at this time, as the pre-production meeting is Saturday, and I don’t know what their policy is on non-disclosure, so why risk it?

Regardless, I’m am looking forward to working with her and the director and the etc so I can stretch and show my skill(s). And I hope it’ll open the door to more opportunities.

No POC this week

I don’t think I will get the new song done this week. I had a cough come on last night and that’s not a good thing in general. So it’ll be next week. Oh I can do the music, but the words won’t be properly tracked.
Heavy sigh, but at least I don’t currently feel a fever or sick other than the cough.

Iphone test post

I have written a song in one go. Ish. Editing is a bitch. I had the chord progression but no words and as I sat pondering the ineffable world from whence spring lyricalosities, and defending myself from an onslaught of puppy exuberance, I realized that the puppy was staring at me from the middle if the living room. I knew- KNEW- she was going to leak. And she waited until I was looking at her. The bitch. So I wrote a song about it. It’ll be online as soon as I redo the vox and add drums.
And that’s my first iPhone post.


Long day so far: went to the local park to assist picking up garbage in a portion of the park they are about to re-open. About an hour and half or two hours of picking up trash, carrying a tire and rusted barrels up a small cliffside for the truck to get. They didn’t provide any water during our effort (wish they would have told us they weren’t providing anything), but they did provide iced tea and fajita tacos for lunch, so I can’t complain overly loud.

Than I came home and did some brush cutting and cleaning for a pickup this coming week. More to do tomorrow.

On the music front, I have a new song written about my puppy and I coming to loggerheads about her choosing to do her business in the house. I know she knows better, but she was mad I wasn’t playing with her. Fortunately, the idea that popped in my head happened to fit the chord progression I was working on, so it was a semi-happy outcome. I’ll have a POC up later this week, barring any studio sessions that crop up. And I have class all week, so that will cut into my time as well.

TMC Songwriter Panel w/ Butch Morgan, Hector Saldana, Ron Young

Ah, song writing. I was quite honored to be on a song writing panel with the aforementioned pros of the industry! It is quite an interesting topic to discuss and impossible to have a “right way”. It’s the post-modernist’s dream where nothing can be certain or correct or known. Or nightmare.  And if you think you’re a relativist, then you’re in heaven. Or hell.

Just like in learning and education, everyone will have their own way of writing, and usually many forms and techniques depending on the blockage or inspiration. But they are “tried and true” ways that can at least grease the hamster wheel.

I have only ever had, I think, about 10 songs that came out nearly fully formed: they’ve never been completely there, though some- like Silver– were near complete when they appeared. Some tweaking was required to keep it from falling into the usual bitter-sweet poignancy.

Hector Saldana and Ron Young find it fairly straight forward to write somebody else’s songs- as do I- as they tend to have come up with the idea, which is often the hardest part. I find coming up with the proper slant on the idea the hard part, but once I get the tack I wish to take, it’s just a matter of time to get to the end. Sometimes the wind is just barely blowing tho and sometimes I am pointed so hard into that near-virtual creative wind it can be really slow going.

Butch Morgan tends to write songs the old fashioned way with pen and paper and a guitar. I may have given the impression that I do all my writing in the studio, but the great majority of my songs are based around acoustic instruments, primarily the guitar. If would just break down and buy that piano I’ve always wanted, I’d have more keyboardy songs. Maybe album #4.

I have two broad ways of coming up with a new song. Most often, I get a phrase that I like or a story (or part of a story) I’d like to explore and go from there. Usually the story idea comes with a nice angle from which I can begin. For example, One For Now, is Shroedinger’s Cat gedanken from the cat’s point of view. A very amorous cat, probably. But then I like to combine ideas, so it is also an unrequited love story. And Feel The Way I Do– a song that’s been in the coffers for a few years and will make it to CD 3 OR just demo’ed…either way it’ll be up ere in a few weeks, if all goes well, my isn’t this a nice aside- is imagining Love was like Dilbert’s Ego and Insecurity and got up to leave one day. I also- proudly- managed to get the phrase “reticulated office lights” into that one. I’m a geek.

On the other hand, I am writing a new song that started with some chord changes, which looks to be titled This Moment. It’s still in progress, but it’s about what a person does when they lose their faith. In a completely non-offensive way, of course. Of course. I’ve done a quick demo of  it for place-keeping purposes, and should be recording that in the coming week.

On another note, I am finishing working on a song that was given me by Patrice Villastrigo who received it from a lady who, sadly, has since passed away. So we will be finishing that quite son as well. I actually do have a small problem with this song, as it needs some lyrical modifications to make to fit into a country genre, and I am striving to keep it true both the spirit of the song and her purpose, but some of the lyrics are about accepting certain political actions unconditionally. And that’s just…well…wrong. And she wrote it from a very Conservative view point, so you know she’s modify it given the current political climate. Or maybe not. Regardless: it’s a country song, so it’ll fit comfortably in the genre when I am finished. 🙂

Download the entire CD “Entangle Mental” Here

Happy New Year

A good gig was had at the Tower of the America’s playing with Carl O’Laughlin, and two excellent musicians, Ron and Don (of whose last names I am unsure, though they apparently share a surname, being brothers and all). It is always a good time playing with professional and capable musicians. And getting people up and dancing? Fantastic!
And now I have to deal with a lovely day of allergies. What is it about an allergy attack that makes me want pizza and Coca-Cola?

New Years Show!

A friend of mine has a last-minute need for a drummer so off I will go to the Tower of the America’s for New Years! Apparently the usual drummer’s wife is having a child so he will be unavailable. And that’s good for me. Now to bone up on my classic rock. Strangely, Auld Lang Syne isn’t listed. Ah well.
In case you actually didn’t know here are the words to the classic NYE song:
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CD #2 recording and etc.

So I am begun on CD #2. I have plenty material and I am going through the Proof of Concept stages that will allow me to make the choices. I will be posting the POCs here so you may peruse them. POCs are more than Demos but not quite the happily finished and untouchable song. Although after they’ve been languishing a while, they may end up being called  “finished”.  IT’s the way they escape into the wild aether of the interwebs. The new album, as yet untitled, will most likely consist of a couple of songs I’ve had in my pocket for years, and new songs that have been around a couple of months or weeks and may still be wet behind the arrangement ears.

Download the entire CD “Entangle Mental” Here

SONAR X1 downloaded

I am now the proud owner of Cakewalk’s new release and DAW overhaul: SONAR X1. It’s quite nice looking, and I can see some nice improvements to the workflow. Unfortunately, the overhaul has changed all the key-bindings, which means I will have to re-learn or re-enter all my old ones and all of the drop down menus have changed, which- again- means I’ll have to relearn them. Which is why I bought their release now, rather than in two months when the dot release updates and fixes have come out: so I can start learning the new system. That and it took nearly 24 hours to download it all due to a 20GB multi-session download package. Lots of early morning and late night checking on progress, but it’s on the HD!

So far, however, I think it’s effected the stability of SONAR 8.5 just alittle as last night’s session had a couple of issues which had not occurred in a long, long, while. I use the 64 bit version of SONAR, usually, as it allows me access to lots and lots of RAM, making softsynths and smaplers use less hard drive resources. Alas, I switched from messing about in X1 to opening aclients project in 8.5 (to be fair, a project I hadn’t worked on since March) and the computer blue screened. Not a happy moment. Turns out, the I had to open the project in the 32-bit version. Stranger and stranger. But it all worked out. and the session went relatively curse free.

Today then, I begin with X1 and record some basic tracks for CD#2 and begin learning the new system.

Don’t forget you can buy my CD at CD Baby (better for me) or iTunes (not so better for me, but good for Apple) or you can still download my entire CD in one swell foop here.