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Out with the Old...In with the Same Ol' New

The next song I am working on is called Splintered Foundation. The interesting thing about this song is that I've recorded it before. About 7-8 years ago I recorded a demo with three songs. Out of those three, really only one of them received praise from those whose opinion I trust most (meaning non-"yes men" or "yes persons" if we're being PC). I'm sure you can infer that this song was Splintered Foundation (we'll call it SF from now on). The other two I won't even get into because they were just that bad.

The problem with SF is that it's too long for commercial digestion. It's over five minutes long, which we all know could never sell (remember, my goal is to be a songwriter, not so much a performing artist). I had to hack up the song a little without losing the meaning and the hook of the song. I had also managed to give the acoustic guitar cathedral-grade reverb, a mistake I will not repeat. Finally, the bass & vocals need to be drastically improved (no promises).

What had occurred to me, though, is the irony of the situation. SF is a deeply metaphorical song about clinging to familiarity whether it is good for you or not (the devil you know). The main message is that sometimes we just need to let go and trust that things will work out or get better.

Enter the irony: this is exactly what I'm doing with this song. There are parts of the old version that I really like and it hurt my gut to have them end up on the cutting room floor. But as I draw close to the finish line with the recording of this song, I am starting to see that it is all working out for the best. The true potential for this song, whatever that happens to be, is forming despite my initial aversions.

The life lessons continue through the eyes of music...

Peace, A

Here I am

Well, this is my first day on ReverbNation and I have to say it's pretty cool. So what brought me here?

I've been an amateur songwriter for years. My main instruments are drums & vocals, but I can hack a little on guitar, bass & piano. I recorded a demo about 7 years ago, but never really did anything with it. As Mr. Lennon said, life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans. In this case it was a very positive thing. I met my beautiful and amazing wife, plus have been traveling a lot for my job. So for the past 7 years I have been focusing more on that than on music. Meanwhile, songs have been popping into my head periodically. Whenever moments of inspiration occurred, I just sang them into a recorder and/or wrote down some lyrics for a later date.

That later date has finally come. Why now? Well my wife & I are planning to buy a house and start a family soon and I knew I would have considerably less time to concentrate on my music once that happens. So I wanted to at least get it started while I still could.

For the past few months I've been recording those songs that had been previously contained in my head. As previously mentioned, we are planning to buy a house, so my budget is very tight. Going to even a local recording studio is beyond me right now. That got me looking into alternative recording methods that are either cheap or free. A lot of internet searching has helped me figure a lot of things out. As a result I have since been recording songs that, while not professional sounding by any means, are much better than my first demo! I speak solely of the quality of the recordings, I leave opinions as to the quality of the songs themselves entirely up to you.

I have no band. All songs you hear are completely and 100% written, performed, recorded & mixed by me (with only one exception so far - the guitar solo in Bygone Rebel was recorded by my good friend Bruce Angus, but was written, recorded & mixed by me). I don't have any fancy equipment - no mixing boards, dead rooms, effects rack, or anything like that. Just my computer, some instruments, a media interface & software, and a lot of time on my hands (for now).

What is my goal? My ultimate scenario would be to become a professional songwriter, selling my songs to other artists. However, I certainly wouldn't say no to a record deal. With me it's what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG - love that acronym), and it would be an honest pleasure for me to perform my music in front of a crowd.

And if that doesn't happen, well, at least I can say I tried.