Some songs

‚ÄčI’ve mentioned elsewhere how I’ve been trying on and off for years to record a bunch of songs I wrote when I was younger. And in my 2022 new year post, I decided to be honest with myself, and the world at large, and just admit I’m never going to be an audio engineer or music producer. What those people do is incredible and I imagine your average music listener’s got no idea how much work is involved. The learning curve for that would put an alpine peak to shame. So to all the mixers, producers and sound engineers of the world, kudos. You have my utmost respect.

Now, while I’ll never join their ranks, I’ve decided I’m still ready to release my music. No, it won’t be as polished as I’d like but I figure rough recordings are better than none at all. So I’m sharing some music, produced to my own humble standards, right here. And later, I’ll try to get some slightly better quality recordings out there.

Today, I’ve chosen three songs I recorded quite a while ago. One telltale sign of how long ago I recorded them is the use of drum loops. As a one man band (singer-guitarist), accompaniment in the mix is a tricky thing to pull off and my feeling these days is that as good as drum loops sound, they’re never going to match a pre-existing song. I can see how people could create a new song around them, sure, but that’s a different thing.

‚ÄčAnother tidbit is that in one of the songs here, I used a midi keyboard to add some piano and some strings. It was pretty simple stuff since the midi keyboard I’d bought was too sluggish in its response for anything fancier but it was fun to do. Actually, I should go back and try doing that song again someday. I remember when I recorded this version, I stuffed up some of the guitar bits but I was so excited to try out the mid keyboard that I just kept going with the additional tracks and didn’t bother fixing them. However, I still like the resulting recording- mistakes and all. That particular song is called ‘Crashing In’ and it’s one of my earliest.

After that is ‘Mediterranean Night’, another early one. This has some buzzing vibrations and is a bit distorted, most likely because I recorded at too high a volume (more tricky stuff for an amateur like me to deal with). In this one, I took advantage of multiple track recording to sing a duet with myself on the final chorus. I wish I could have done some harmonizing there as well but that’s a trick I have yet to learn. Better in the meantime to leave harmonizing to the experts. One more fun fact: I’ve never been to the Mediterranean – but I didn’t let that stop me from writing a song that makes it sound as if I have.

The final song here is ‘Last Week’s News’, which I think came at least a year or more after those other ones when I was moving into a new phase of songwriting. My earliest songs were written to be played in a band, as a general rule, but eventually I moved into making songs more appropriate for playing solo since that’s the way I roll. Never did have a drummer or a bassist sadly, although I had a friend in university who played guitar and we made a few tape recordings together. That was fun. This song was still written with a rock and roll band sound in mind but I started the transition in style around the time I wrote it.

Anyway, I know what you’re thinking – less rambling and more downloads. I hear you.

 

Crashing In

Source: Pixabay.com, Frank Winkler

 

It’s a kind of nature of the world
A place forever scarred by war
To the last one and all,
we stand before the ocean shore
As the waves come in, come crashing in,
violence never seemed so beautiful
Against the rocks, against the sand
Cleanse the soul and cleanse the land

The words of the man on the stage don’t comfort me
The girl I met the other day, well she did not meet me
Hiding inside ourselves, desolate forbidding cliffs
If the people want to be all the same, they won’t know what they’ll miss

It’s a kind of nature of the world
A place forever scarred by war
To the last one and all,
we stand before the ocean shore
As the waves come in, come crashing in,
violence never seemed so beautiful
Against the rocks, against the sand
Cleanse the soul and cleanse the land.

Crashing in, Crashing in, Crashing In

And the waves came crashing in…

 

DOWNLOAD: Crashing In

 

Mediterranean Night

Source: Pixabay.com, Babel Photography

 

Hey, hey, hey, hey. A little gentleness will make things come out right
Hey, hey, hey, hey. A little coffee just to help me through the night
Hey, hey, hey, hey. A little bit of hope, girl, wouldn’t go astray
Hey, hey, hey, hey. A little bit of a love might help. What do you say?

Hey, hey, hey, hey…

Well, the last call for drinks has gone. The bar is nearly closed
But all the lonely souls in there have nowhere else to go
We all wander outside, lost and aimless, but we know it’ll be all right
’cause things are going to have to change soon because it’s a warm Mediterranean Night

Hey, hey, hey, hey…

Where the river meets the sea, and the bright moon in the sky looks down
and the light coming from the evening stars is the color of the lights of the town
Girl, I’d like you to come with me. Now’s our chance to go
What a pity it is that we can’t fly, girl, yeah. Don’t you think so?

Hey, hey, hey, hey…

On a Mediterranean Night, the stars seem to shine some light
On a Mediterranean Night, girl, things will be all right
And I hope we’re far from where we started out but we’ve still got far to go
This little boat is going to sail away, so fast and yet so slow

Hey, hey, hey, hey…

 

DOWNLOAD: Mediterranean Night

 

Last Week’s News

Source: Pixabay.com, Pexels

 

Catching up on last week’s news
I’ve got the serial killings blues
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

See all the action that there’s around
Feel the excitement as a plane goes down
See adventures in those far off places
And know the dumbest people have such happy faces

Catching up on last week’s news
I’ve got the civil wars and terrorist blues
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

Catching up on last week’s news
I’ve got the new wave fascist movement blues
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

Yeah, this is such a hip and happening place
Boy, I’m so glad that I’m a member of the human race
So many different things going on
And so many different lives going wrong

Catching up on last week’s news
I’ve got the third world exploitation blues
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

Catching up on last week’s news
I’ve got the wilderness destruction blues
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

Catching up on last week’s news
I’ve got the large scale genocide blues
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

Catching up on last week’s news
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

Catching up on last week’s news
What a lovely place we live in
Makes me want to keep on breathing

 

Download: Last Week’s News

 

 

 

 

 

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