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.
I am an unskilled piano player. I’m sure my playing is painfully cliché and cringeworthy to the trained pianist, nevertheless, this little jingle’s been rattling around my head now for over 10 years and I want to get it down before it’s too late.
Listen to: “Infinity Summons”
Can you guess the message? I hope it’s not too obvious.
Here’s one of the first things I recorded after I got my simmons drum kit. I love my drum kit, because although electronic, the snare is analog and sensitive to drum stick strikes (velocity), as are the toms. The high-hat, however, sucks as bad as the snare rules. Oh well. I was trying to emulate my favorite drummer of all time, Pete de Freitas the drummer from Echo & the Bunnymen. He had this magic touch, and I loved the organic sound of his snare hits.
Listen to: “Showtime”
The high hat and crash make me cringe, but overall, I like where this one is going. You can see where I was really trying for that organic touch with the drums. This one might actually be fun to collaborate on, and get people who actually, you know, know how to play these instruments.
I’m doing bass, rhythm guitar, analog/electric drums in this one.
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.