Category Archives: Song Update

Latest news and information about song development.

Studio Update – Phobiac

I’m down to the last three songs before The Reluctant Cannonball is complete; Phobiac, The Cannonball and One By One.  I’m furthest along with Phobiac.  It isn’t a complicated song, but it will require a high degree of precision.  The last few weeks have been spent rehearsing the guitars.  Man, do I love this bass line.  Go Purple Master!  The other two songs are still in the composing stages.  The Cannonball is intended to be a quirky weird song that will open the album, similar in function to The Circular Disk of the Earth, or Technical Difficulties.  One by One is a very old song that I’ve never recorded.  I’ve been using it as a warm up exercise for guitar, especially acoustic, for ten to fifteen years.  The song was an attempt to intentionally write a very dark, sad song.  Recently, I added some percussion and synth.  It was really odd to hear this song in another format other than live guitar/vocals.  Exciting.

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Enjoy.Peace.Jason

Studio Update – Puzzled By Tricks and Lies

I’m well into this song.  What began as an attempt to create a quiet song has twisted into having more of a jazz club sound.  The chorus asks; “If I swapped a copy of you, 1-for-1 with everyone in the world,  would it be a better place?  Or would it all crumble and decay?”  The bass guitar is a fantastic digital emulator (Halion Sonic SE) of an upright.  I’m in love.  This last weekend I recorded a final version of the lead guitar (Yang).  I’m super excited by the song’s smooth groove.  Great atmosphere.  I need to fill in the background vocals in the chorus, but have very little else to record.  I’m hoping to get into post-production soon.  Side note: I’ve taken a few steps towards re-recording the song Phobiac (from the album, “Gyroscope“).  I had planned to work on Signing The Scripture, but am too intimidated by the scope of work it would take.

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Enjoy.Peace.Jason

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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