So in the hotel room last weekend, which seems like it was months ago, I had my guitar, right. After the Brian Blade Fellowship show. Messing around with some chords. A few nights later, I sat down at the ‘puter and recorded some ideas. Saving the file, I needed to call it something. “Tuesday” because it was Tuesday night and I’ve had a fragment of song lyric in my head for a few months that would go something like, “It’s only Tuesday….”.
The thing I recorded was kind of crappy, but there were some interesting ideas and textures, I think. Anyway, Tim sent me something that he put together using his sampler skills. Very nice stuff. Inspired to make something, I picked out some chords at the keyboard (controller) and the short song “Tuesday Too” eventually came out. I cheated on the electric piano solo, by the way. I can’t play that fast. Go go, gadget MIDI. That was Saturday, I think.
FL Studio 7 was announced this weekend so I upgraded to that and then got to work. I figured out how to get around that annoying issue with the Bosendorfer plug-in not rendering sustain correctly in FL Studio. The plug-in folks told me that they don’t test on FL Studio so I was on my own. Oh well. The trick is to let the wav/mp3 file render in the background. It takes longer but it gets it right.
Boredom must be the mother of Creativity because today I expanded on “Tuesday Too” to the full-blown “Tuesday”.
- Tuesday Too
I had a conversation with my cousin once about Alicia Keys. A friend had just given me the CD. i said something to the effect of, “I like Alicia Keys but her stuff is all romance, relationship love song R&B. I wish she’d do something more.”
When I say that I’m thinking along the lines of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendricks, The Temptations, etc. Heck, Ben Harper, Pat Boone. Okay, maybe not Pat Boone. I mean, they all did their R&B thing, but they made some amazing politically oriented music, too. For the past year and a half not only has my music been — well, not only has it been relationship-oriented, it’s been lack of relationship-oriented. I don’t know if that’s better or worse in my mind but I do recognize the irony.
I don’t know where the heck the lyrics for “Tuesday” came from, but I could imagine Odd Thomas and Stormy having a conversation like that.
I’m sure the mix is way off. Haven’t done the Jeep test yet. And I could stand to redo some parts or clean up a few things. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Most of my music has been coming out much more mellow than I mean for it to. You can’t fight it but I tried to tap into some fresh reserves. Kind of funny that when I want to do something upbeat, I play a dirge and let it ride over phat beats.
Speaking of lack of relationships, in an effort to get my finances together I called last week to cancel my TRUE membership. I had joined a long time ago even before the annoying and misleading ad assault on myspace. Then at some point I decided I wanted to contact people so I became a paying member. It’s expensive. I didn’t realize how much I’d been paying all this time so I called to cancel. Of course, “Amanda” at customer support talked me out of it with x number of free months and an email alert regarding when it will start to cost money again so I can cancel. She made some good points and told me that I didn’t have a headline or any text about myself (which I know I did at some point) and that I had a good profile and good pictures and that if I filled out the rest of the info I’d be sure to have a very different experience. She told me that they had 40,000 new members sign up on the previous day. When she reminded me that I was trying to cancel my personals membership on Valentine’s Day morning … doh! I was embarrassed. Didn’t even realize. Now that’s irony.
Yes, my scarlet letter is an “L”.
Oh. It’s time to watch 24. Good night, America.
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Brother Odd (Odd Thomas Novels)
By Dean Koontz
Release date: By 28 November, 2006