The freeVibes show was a lot of fun! I saw and heard a lot of talented and nice people.Bill Draper, whom I had been in a bad with 10 years ago was there, he started the show.He writes some really neat songs and plays well. Then there was a few other acts.There was this punk guy that sounded really great! Great lyrics and delivery. I had started to get ready. Tim Marra and Ryan Hardy did a very cool acoustic set. I brought a friend along on drums.Joel Pilon.We go back many years in bands doing originals.He called me Tuesday "hey man, can I come play the drums for your show on Sat? I said, "I'll think about it. he called Sat,"well can I come jam or not? I said " Have you been listening to any of my Reverbnation site songs? This show is very important to me, I can't have funky stuff going on." I got a lot of weird beats going on and some of them are so out there, even I can't play them again."I then said "Later I got to go get ready" and hung up. I sat on the bed with my guitar and thought of Joel, his life, my life, the conversation we just had and thought of an email from the famous keyboardist for Journey once said to me. I had written him and said something like " Greg, You are so great.I'm trying to write songs and get a band together, no one wants to hear me. I write and record year after year in the smelly cellar and don't know how to become a performing artist. Greg said " Tom, Music is for sharing and bringing people together, Get out of the basement and go play your songs with and for people!" I called Joel back and said " I'm sorry man, please come play. I have kit you can use". He came over and we went.Thanks for coming along bro,you did great! The set started with me not plugging my mp3 backing tracks I had prepared in to the mixer correctly.I couldn't use it.After one shitty song I was in despair my idea of making this Frankenstein come alive was going down the can. We did " Under the Covers" and my les Paul was out of tune and it was coming through my vocal monitor sounding real processed and crappy.My dream of rocking did not look good. I had brought my Fender Princeton 2 1/2 and had it on it's side to use as a table for my powered mixer.I plugged into that, which sucked only because I'm not familiar with the amp and would run over turn the knobs, I couldn't see them, and run back to the mike for the vocals. I brought a tape deck to record my set, had it forever, guess what? It' don't work.So that was out too to do a recording. I looked at my mixing board again and figured out there is 2 1/4 inch holes for cords on each channel. I had them in the bottom ones, I remembered I needed the top ones! The mp3 is now working,now if the battery holds out. I had played for hours with it the night before and forgot to recharge it with my pc.After fiddling, my guitar tone has greatly improved, I can hear my tracks and know them well.Frankenstein starts to walk. I went into "Your Mother's A Monkey" Joel was doing good,leads were working,vocals were coming through the monitor nice. I had it all.We went into "Time Warp" and it really was sounding killer as my monitor was raging at the peak of its power right in my face. I had never heard my tracks at this volume,It blew my mind.I was feeling great.After that was "Whip It Out" a straight rocker, went fine and had some nice lead time to play with.We then went into "It's Time" .Now Joel jumped the gun on that one,the beat doesn't come right in. We got going and it went fine.We finished with "Acceptance Speech". There was this little kid,like 4 or 5,doing all kinds of dancing.lol he did the v finger cat eye thing, some break dancing,it was funny. We got done and packed up,said goodbye to vising friends as the next band prepared, they were called The Almighty Blues" vocals/mandolin,guitar and drums.I liked them.Until next time, remember It ain't over until Tom Mitchell sings " Acceptance Speech".
This is a rough track done last night, I did all one takes. I had the lyrics from a previous writing session.. I looked at them and sang them this way with these chords.I think it's about how people come in and out of each others lives and it's hard to put into words how much it hurts when they go, and how great it feels when they show up! haha or vice-versa! lol I really like the song. I could hear a whole band doing it and helping with the vocal harmonies, it would be really fun to do.I might want to move the words around a bit, drop a verse and add leads instead, and do a lead outro jam like I like to do. You hear this song once, you might say,, oh ya, that's a Tom Mitchell song I heard years ago. The song is one day old today. I'm working with a friend today. Looking forward to it! Peace.
If you want to watch my vids better , go straight to youtube "Tom Mitchell" or from my videos on here there is a button in the corner to go there. This Reverbnation player skips on me the whole time.And thanks all you people who played my tracks! I'm climbing fast! I'm number 2 tonight in 13601 rock genre.. all the way from number 10, two days ago.My latest post " You Can't Hold Me" is just vocal , bass and drums, and ( like Christopher Walken suggested) it really explores the spaces between.The sparseness and vocal/bass harmonies make it different. I also love the moving staccato hits. That was Jeff's doing and it made the song. Along with his laying back on the bridge and coming back into the chorus beat. At one point, my voice is almost all alone. I never do that. I found it refreshing.During this recording, I had just come off tour opening for EnuffZnuff , they have a Beatles harmony/melody influence as well, I was influenced by them live, and this is the product.Along with my own words and timing .And Jeff's, he likes Nazareth and Uriah Heep and many others. I hear them in there.I post this as a tribute to my longtime friend and drummer Jeff Babcock.We were called "Self" before there was a popular radio hit band Self. The only 2 man garage band at the time I knew of that did shows in Watertown, well,, us and" The Viking Kings" which I joined later after Jeff moved away. Miss ya man. Tommy
In public and most my bands, I have always been a supportive role player.I'm naturally a mellow "ok, whatever you guys need" type of guy, and still am.But I'm finding in these last few years, the songs I have written have got increasingly good. The lyrics especially.The chords and riffs have changed quite a bit.I used to get drawn into albums and feel the magic these greats were laying down.At 13, I wanted a guitar, by 15 I had a Memphis Les paul copy and loved it.I joined a band in Milford Mass. We played a "jumpin Jack Flash" at a house party and I was pretty happy.My shift to bass was on Dimmick St. Watertown NY. Mike Hyler walked by as i sat on my porch picking my black Les.He asked if I wanted to play bass.He gave me a bass and amp I still have today. I found I was pretty popular as Mr Bass and carried the badge around for many years.It might still be in my drawer somewhere. I had not forgot about playing guitar and would play it at home. I remember one night in a house we called "The Castle" on Ten-Eyck St. I wrote a riff on a Gib SG I had obtained at a second hand shop on the corner of Massey and Arsenal. I remember it today.I thought "If I can write this stuff similar to these great bands, I will in fact be great also!" It was a good riff, but with zero lyrical or vocal ability I was discouraged.I joined a local tight band in bass doing Rush and Night Ranger.It was great but I wanted more.I wanted to sing and play guitar. I tried here and there, I still was not very good. Mike Loftus calls me up and askes me to go to florida and join a band on bass. I did. And it could have been great.The band broke up. I could have stayed. but my daughter was in her Moms belly and figured I tried, and there will be other bands, the rock gods will forgive my retreat.They did not.I worked as a dump trucker and dance band bass slinger to feed my family.Around 1993, I took a dive onto my skull falling off the top back of my dump truck. It wasn't long after that I was acting strange, left my woman and child,moved away and started writing the songs again down south. But this time, the songs started to sound like something.I still could not hold a candle to Kansas and Rush, Scorpions and journey etc. but at least I was improving. Along came the grunge to destroy all the virtuoso sounds coming out of the radio. And I said " damn I'm better than these guys already, and they're making money!" So with a new approach, I wrote about anything that came to the mike through my voice and guitar and said whatever my thoughts were no matter what the content or how personal.I have been lucky enough to have the time and support of my family to write all this music. I need to get out there and at least see these songs come to life a few times and not just in headphones every day. Every original show I do is very special to me.I can't worry about what anyone thinks of me. I'm not after chicks, I'm not after cash, I'm not after fame.I'm after me, and how I can better myself as a singer/songwriter.
I've been writing songs since the beginning of time,it's time I start performing them for people.I wrote Journey's Greg Rolie once,he actually wrote me back! I told him I wrote but never get out of the cellar to perform what I had written. He said " Tom , music is for sharing with people, get out of the cellar and go perform". Greg, I'm finally going to do it. The rest of this winter I will prepare for a working band,select songs for a complete cd, do some shows and hopefully gain some fans. The songs I posted lately have been very quiet and mellow.I can also unleash the other sides of me which can be nothing like this music posted.I think I'll post a bunch of other style songs here on Reverbnation. Some really good ones are just waiting for the right people to bring them to life.I can hear them as full complete songs The emotions in my music cover all bases. I usually hide the angry ones.Oddly enough, it seems like anger sells more than any other style of emotion in this day and age.
I wrote this song 3 days ago,but had to go on a road trip.I'm back and recorded this semi- raw version over the last two days.I could have added more fillers and melodies to go along, but feel the message and song is presentable as it is for what I do with the gear,writing /recording space and time that is available. Perhaps re-arranged and recorded by better players in an expensive studio this song could be great. To all the people that lost loved ones in Newtown last week, this song is for you and all the people around the world missing loved ones that have passed. I hope this songs message finds you and helps you find a way to keep living and not feel guilty for having the best life you can.I truly believe they are watching and listening and want that. They would not want you to give up or in. I think my songs are better than the songs I have played to make money in bars for decades.I need to get past the bar scene, cover scene and do real shows in real venues where I belong. 2013 is going to be very interesting. I have an arsenal of new songs and am ready to put a set and album together that can be describes as nothing short of beautiful.