Well, we took a month off to focus on writing and recording an album with my great friend Mike. We wrote about 14 songs, got a rough mix of 8 songs, and we'll end up with about 3-4 songs for a demo EP. What a trip, I thought a month would be plenty of time to write and record a sweet album. Nah! What a great month it was though.
So it's going to be a while, maybe up to a year, before we have a full length album but at least we've got a great start. IF I had to do it over again, I would isolate myself from day to day activities, buy all the food we would need for a month, the just shut in and make music. Woohooo.
In other news, I think I'll be playing again at Fat Belly's in Portsmouth, thanks to Joey Pratt. Thanks!
Well, it's bed time, time to dream a few new tunes.
Yesterday I played through an old Marshall half stack, tube amp. Oh man, what a great sound, it's spiritual. I mean I've listened to Hendrix and SRV for years, and played their songs on a little solid state practice amp. This whole body vibration of the Marshall half-stack is where it's at. There is a lot of power in this amp and can feel it in my chest even when it isn't turned on. I am so grateful for the chance to experience playing my strat through this sacred amplifier. Lots of rockin' to be coming from Marshall spirit realm this weekend. Whoa! whoa! whoa!!!!
Last night was a great show with Joey Pratt and Jack from Fire Tower, at Fat Belly's in Portsmouth. Thanks to all who came out, I'm still buzzin from the enjoyment of playing there. It was fun to play some of the new songs we are working on, Slow Down, To The River, That Asteroid, and Voice of Reason. Back to recording today. Thanks again to Fat Belly's in Portsmouth, you guys were fantastic!
Woohoo it's tracking week, we're set up in the basement and got everything tuned in. Wrote about 15 songs since this thing began on Feb 1st. Some of the lyrics had been hanging around a few months though. Excited to record and do some overdubs. We'll have an album before we know it.
Mike is listening to the White Stripes right now. We are snowed in and writing songs. 3 today so far. rough ones. sunshine is beaming in the sunporch window and the guitars are glowing in the sun. taking the time make this album this month is going great.
I should be sleeping now because it's an early morning for work tomorrow. After midnight is a time of creativity for me, this is when the fantasy world tries to take over reality, when dreams are almost real, all I have to do is close my eyes and we're there. A good place to find songs from. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Well I'm glad the world didnt end on the 21st. My friends Mike and Jay and I are going to write and record an album in February. IT'll be the first time I've really blocked out everything and focused on making music. I'm not sure how we're going to make it through the month without working and making money but I'm holding that some magic will happen to help us realize this small dream of creating a great album. Making this commitment has made listening to other music more funand inspiring. Cheers to the full-time musicians, you light the way. -Dan
Just wondering what the X Factor is? The mysterious factor that distinguishes a star from a regular act. I always thought is was how much emotion the artist can evoke from the listener more that technical skills. But maybe it's a balance and not just one dimension of the music. Bob Dylan had the X Factor no doubt, but he didn't fit into an accepted genre, he was just Bob Dylan. Is it confidence mixed with humility? I'd like to hear what other people think it is.
Last night my fiance and I visited the Run of the Mill brewery in Saco, Maine. It's a magical place for me because just over a year ago I met her there at the open mic night. So last night was great, we got there early and heard the house band playing some stomping number, the dude running the mic is always a hoot, and does a great job. The beer is great too, I love a good IPA and the What's Hoppenin' XPA was delicious. It was great to hear Jace, Mama Tree, and the Original Johnny Cash dude. I can't wait to get back there.
I didn't know there was a blog feature on reverbnation, what a great website this is. This Sunday will be my first ticketed gig at Milly's Tavern in Manchester, NH. Working with an online management company it's kinda cool, it's a bit nerve wracking to have to sell tickets to my own show but I think that's part of playing more shows. As a musician it's very humbling that someone actually wants to listen to my playing. Adios!