Friday, October 23, 2009

Heavy Weather

Was under the weather for about three weeks, finally feeling better. During that time I wasn't able to work on my project too much but I did some guitar tracks on my friend Chris Thomas' album. It started with one tune and I think I'm playing on at least 6 or 7 now. I also worked on Saffire stuff, mainly a mix of "Give Me A Break" that I need to finish up for them.

Jo Pelletier came in to lay down some bass last week and it was good to see the man after so many years. Jo plays in numerous bands and has a busy musical life. Here is his myspace page. He and I also go way back to high school and did a lot of jamming back in the day. He laid down some fretless bass on a tune currently called "The Way we are" and I need to suss it out and mix it in to the track.

I also did a lot of work on a tune called "What You're Giving Me" which was an acoustic demo I did last winter. Here's where it stands now...

Obviously this still needs work on the bridge and solo sections......... I've been listening to this on my ipod for a while and said to myself, "this is good and worth looking at again" so I laid into it a little putting down some bass and Wurlitzer. The problem I have is that I get a bunch of songs on the way to being finished and then I start writing again, or messing with something not on 'the list' and then I'm left with more unfinished stuff. It's the paradox of saving mixes and sessions in the computer like they are simple documents. Believe me, I'm not complaining about the luxuries that technology has afforded musicians like me but it's a lot easier to dilly dally in this digital world! Case and point: I was sifting through some old video from my Unspun days when we were in various studios working on the "Souvenir" record. We had to finish because we were on the clock in these big, expensive studios. That kind of pressure can make a project move along and put a good kind of weight on everyone involved. Here's some video from Bear Tracks where Steve Regina and I finished up a mix of 'Flash Flood'.
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BTW, the gear in that place was unreal, enough to make any musician/producer/engineer piss their pants. U47, U67's, Fairchild limiters x 2!!! (worth around $60,000 today *_*) and let's not forget that beautiful mothership Focusrite 72 input board made by Rupert Neve himself!!! Good God!

Finally, here's a mix of "I got myself In trouble"....
I wrote this song around 15 years ago and swore I would do it right some day. It was meant for Last Tribe to do but we never got around to it. Dave did these groovy drum tracks about 6 years ago and I've been tweeking ever since. I always thought the vocal on this had 'something' and that it was worth keeping. Also, I really like the guitar solo on this. Great tone from my friend Jeff's Gibson SG through my Mesa Boogie amp. And those are not cheesy strings you hear on there... that would be some ebo guitar inspired by the Pumpkins 'Adore' record! For you Brez!! I'll try to keep up on the posts now that I'm feeling better and work should pick up a little.

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