Category Archives: Song Update

Latest news and information about song development.

Studio Update – Ashley Payne

I’ve been hard at work on this new song.  The idea started as a whimsical challenge: I wanted to arrange as song in such a way that it would fit with hit songs of the late 60s-early 70s.  (like Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit).  I was primarily interested in the instrumentation and recording techniques.  The basic architecture of the song has been worked out.  I’m currently practicing the guitars and vocals.  Both Yang and The Purple Master have prominent roles.  There’s some sitar written in to give it that psychadelic touch.  I’m having a good time pulling it together…probably spending too much time in the studio!

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Enjoy.Peace.Jason.

Yang – my Fender Sratocaster Guitar
The Purple Master – my Ibanez Roadstar II Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Update – Behind Blast Defenses

This song is progressing nicely.  The arrangement is settling down at around 5:05 min long.  I’m trying to create a ‘split’ song feel that flips between a dark brooding groove and a bright poppy chorus.  It’ s looking like it will be guitar heavy; two layered rhythm guitars and probably a harder solo part.  No live bass this time.  I am currently spending most of my time rehearsing vocals and guitar.  Yang has been sounding awesome.  I’m excited to get some more vocals recorded soon.  I’ve only ever recorded a test version of the first verse and chorus.

Please spread the word and buy The Jason Fables music.  Music for the interested.

Enjoy.Peace.Jason.

River Glen Records

 

Studio Update – Behind Blast Defenses

During the weeks spent finalizing The Richest Man, I started playing around with a new song.  I had been suffering an itch to work with a less standard drum kit and ended up developing a short groove which turned into a draft song.  Still very skeletal.  The arrangement has not quite reached three minutes yet.  I’m hooked on the synth bass.  I’ve spent the last week playing Xeelee a ton.  It has been too long my friend.

My Les Paul Studio Guitar
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Enjoy.Peace,Jason.

 

Studio Update – The Richest Man

The Richest Man Cover

Productivity has been terrible.  I’ve been playing around with different configurations of vocal harmonies; very uninspired so far.  The overall mix is too quiet and washed out in too much compression.  It will take a thousand more adjustments to get it right.  In the meantime, I’ve been trying to decide just what song will be the next focus.  Brass Tacks is the most likely; it currently consists of an introductory groove with background vocals and a harder-sounding verse with vocals.  I recently listened to Miles by Now, which is a strange little partial song written a year or so ago.  The arrangement is already a third completed.    It wouldn’t take a huge effort to push that forward.  If only I had twenty more hours per week.

Please spread the word and buy The Jason Fables music.  Music for the interested.

Enjoy.Peace.Jason.

River Glen Records

Studio Update – The Richest Man

The Richest Man Cover

Disappointing week.  I’ve been struggling with the background vocals.  I just can’t seem to find a way to add them without sacrificing some other element in the song.  The plan now is to scale back the number of harmony parts, limiting them to just the chorus and bridges.  A few days ago I captured another round of lead vocal takes which I’m tentatively calling final.  They’re good; strong presence, good enunciation.  I’ll end up editing them a thousand more times before I’m done, but I don’t expect to need any further recordings.  This song keeps growing on me.  I’m excited to have it nearing completion.

Please help out by spreading the word and buying The Jason Fables music.  Music for the interested.

Studio Update – The Richest Man

The Richest Man Cover

The guitar came together nicely last week.  Go Yang!  It came out with a good character and tight on the delicate rhythm.  Focus has now shifted over to the vocals.  I’m decided on the arrangement; a primary lead vox, a second lead vox to sit in the background, and two harmony parts.  Typical J.Fables 3-part harmonies through the chorus.  I’d be surprised if I get any of the final vocal recordings this weekend, it will likely be spent practicing.

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Studio Update – The Richest Man

The Richest Man Cover

The bass guitar was finalized early last week.  Since then I’ve returned to the original guitar part; a tight and quick rhythm part with a bouncing delay.  I’m using Yang, as I do for almost all rhythm based guitar parts.  I polished up and restrung it recently, so it is feeling great to play.  This part is going to take a ton of rehearsal.  I’ve been at it all week and am hopeful that I can finalize this weekend.  Once that is done, it will only be the vocal parts to record before starting into the final stages of production.  I’m thinking that I better get something going for this song’s video soon.

Yang
My Fender Stratocaster Guitar

Studio Update – Signing Your Scripture

Gyroscope Cover

This song was originally written for my second album, Gyroscope, in the late-nineties.  I have begun re-constructing the background elements in preparation of recording new audio tracks.  I’ve always loved the silky nature of this humble song.  This will be the second track from Gyroscope that I’m re-recording, the first being Sandstone Fossil Fear.  So far, I have most of the percussion components in place through the first third of the song.  The scope of the project is both intimidating and exhilarating.