As I embark on this music journey, I felt it appropriate to christen my trip with a send-off to the man who nudged my boat out of drydock, Hugh Ferguson.
As I look forward to what may come, I will never forget to look back on occasion to remember the man who not only told me it was possible, but instilled within me also the notion of playing for playing’s sake, critics be damned.
This piece, like many things from my heart, is of course flawed; but at least I can say it is sincere. It is a guitar tapping solo played on the high e and b strings. I couldn’t tell you the name of a single note I play or what key it is in, if it’s even in a key.
Listen to “Goodbye, Hugh”
After being bucked off the music horse when Hugh passed, I’ve been slowly — but surely — working myself back up onto that very same horse. In an attempt to do so, the mentor baton has been passed from Hugh to Jake Hill, another heavy-hitting audio pro from Nashville. He’s picked up teaching me how to produce music like Hugh did. The lessons are going great and figured one way to get back into making music is to share what we’ve been working on. It does no good collecting dust on my hard drive, right?
Click this thing to hear what we’ve been up to:
I laid down the bass and the guitar tracks, sent it off to Jake and he laid down a drum track with some killer organ. He sent it back to me and showed me how to glue it all together. I can’t think of anything else to do with it, so it’s more or less “ok,” or “done-ish,” for now.
This is one of the first recordings I did when I got my software. It’s me just messing around with a rhythm guitar, a lead guitar and a bass line. Somehow, something sorta neat popped out. It’s messy, but the general idea is there. Listening to it now sorta makes me want to return to it to refine it and add that finishing polish.
Listen to: “Weave”
This is sorta what my music looks (or sounds) like in progress. It might be interesting to look back on it and see how it’s changed. For example, you wouldn’t believe how differently the first incarnations of “A Better Time” sounded before it was polished to a finished product. If I find it, I’ll upload it so you can compare the two if you’re interested in that sort of thing.