All tracks 'in the box' using Reason.
Dodgy vocals recorded through Digitech Vocalist using Samson mike, mixed as far down as possible
Dodgy guitar using cheap tele copy tuned in 5ths, through Focusrite Scarlet, mixed as far down as possible.
I finally have a little time to sort out a few of the tracks I have done. I sorta completed Never Far Away. Still not convinced about the lyrics.
I opened my page to post a couple of tracks I did on the flight, but old jet lagged me fell asleep and missed the deadline. HoHum. I knew I should have opened a couple of placeholders before I left.
Found some unexpected free time and got another song completed. I liked the way it sounded for a while, even vocally, but I can't seem to get the final version to sound the way I hear it in my head. Anyway I think I have found a way to do some songs on my holiday flight. Air travel is so dull and the only person I ever saw making music on an aeroplane was the singing nun in the first Airplane movie. I was going to try writing observational lyrics, but I remembered reading about Korg Gadget somewhere. I tried the free le version and it seems ok. So iPad with Korg Gadget and maybe a touch of GarageBand mixed in. It could be a disaster. I'll find out soon enough.
I had a nice day yesterday, my last day off before the madness of the 24/7 rota hits. I watched the US open tennis and listened to proper songwriters and musicians on my iPad. I ended 5090 in my head and closed my songs, which meant I couldn't work on them, which saved me having to listen to the tone deaf oaf singing the songs I've written. I'm also, as I explained previously, not going to visit 5090 next week and I go on holiday on the 17th which means a lot of stuff to do in the week before I go.
I think I'm done this year. I may upload completed songs I may not. I'm probably going to lock up my output as I wont be able to thank the nice people who comment on any songs and lets be serious they've been up long enough anyway.
I am going on 24/7 rota on Monday, then on holiday on 17th. I was thinking of trying to write songs in a different country for the first time, but I don't think I will bother now. i have put up 8 songs from a 15 common chord progression list. My intention was to get my 15 versions up before September started then put the list on a forum, hoping somebody would think "I can do better than that", but I don't think I will bother now. I also had an idea that I could manipulate, with permission of course, a vocal-piano/guitar/banjo/whatever (delete where applicable) track into something else, but that's not going to happen now. So many ideas not enough time, due to work and family commitments, but they always, always come first.
Stuck 3 more up. Need to work on lyrics for 2 of them, I probably won't bother. MP3 seems a bit tinny on a couple, need to work out why? The 3rd song was quick to do only a couple of hours for the whole thing. It's got potential though, so I stuck the shortened instrumental up in it's original form, because I'm trying to make it a good song and when I mess about with it the pure form of the initial idea will be lost. I thought somebody might like to hear what I started from.
I have tracks coming out of my ears, but no time to work on them. I have a few to sing, I will try to do this over the weekend.
Putting a couple up, because the music is finished, but Never far away needs vocals and I'm a bit dubious about the lyrics. I'll see how I feel later.
Back again. 27/7 rota now done for another month. Let's try and get some songs completed. Still sticking to the no lyrics without music vow. Getting bogged down in vocal hell. I have started to set up about 20 templates with common chord progressions. Now I have found some common jazz and blues chord progressions on net, so spending time setting up more templates. I got so bored doing the donkey work that I had to break away and return to basics with a piece of late 70's early 80's style electronica.
I have a couple nearly ready to go up, however listening back, one of them sound like a popular song from the 90s. I guess that's the problem with common chord progressions. They're common for a reason.
Got a 3rd song up, another instrumental using the common chord progressions list and also by chance filled with arpeggios. I don't think I will bother trying to think up any lyrics for it. The title is another play on Common. I wonder how many titles I can get out of one word. I have another 7 in various stages. I should have used chord progressions years ago. All my songs are posted early hours so the date means a few hours into the day and there may be a few typing mistakes caused by sleep deprivation. Apologies.
I put a second song up. I really like it as it reminds me of an old song I wrote years ago. Could not get file hosting to work so had to put it on sound cloud. It incidently starts with appregios, by luck rather than design I think. bed time again. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Got almost 3 ready and 1 with some dodgy singing as well. I posted the first, but I've been doing some garden chores today and I'm too tired to post them all. Got to be up for work in 4 hours so nighty night.
Back again. Been on 24/7 rota and generally very busy.
I have started some songs using some chord progressions I found when I googled common chord progressions. There are about 15 to start with, but not sure exactly how common they are. Have a full day to myself so might get at least one done.
I might post them on the forum as they are good starting points.
I maybe try a song or seven this year
I maybe actually try to finish them before I post them
I maybe have time to participate properly
don't count on any of the above actually happening
I'm not sure about doing this, but I did have a nice productive time during FAWM, before I got sidetracked again. I may do a few songs. I won't be doing 50, but I know I don't need to knock out 14 in a month, so there is no rush.
|1||Common Ground||4||4 months 3 days|
|2||Why Don't They Care?||5||4 months 1 day|
|3||So Much In Common||2||3 months 3 weeks|
|4||Electrolite||3||3 months 1 week|
|5||Never Far Away||4||2 months 3 weeks|
|6||Something In Common||3||2 months 3 weeks|
|7||There Has To Be (A Common Theme)||1||2 months 3 weeks|
|8||For The Common Good||2||2 months 3 weeks|
|9||Time To Move On||5||2 months 2 weeks|
|10||Young Again||3||2 months 1 week|