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.
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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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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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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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.
The last week was spent developing the bass line. I’m using my go-to bass, The Purple Master, an Ibanez Roadstar II from the 1980s. The trick here is to add a richer low end without stepping on the synth pad in the background. The true character of this song is based around that synth. I’m planning on recording the bass today, which would make it the first of the final takes.
Well, the mountain hike was a bust. At least as far as the video footage is concerned. There was nothing scenic about that trail. It was an unforgiving ascent for two miles without pause. A serious thigh buster. The dense forest prevented me from capturing anything of the vista. Back at home, I had to spend a chunk of time backing up the studio computer; a day of downtime. I’ll spend the rest of the holiday practicing the guitar and working on the percussion. America is a beautiful place. I am filled with pride today.
Progress on the percussion continues in fits and spurts. I finally went back and began to flesh out the rhythm guitar part. I’m using Yang at the moment; my Fender Stratocaster from the late 80’s. I’ve already found a few killer vocal harmonies, but haven’t recorded anything yet. I’m spending a little time today working on a “reboot” of a song called Signing Your Scripture from the album Gyroscope. I need to get back into the habit of working on more than one project at a time. I get much more accomplished. I’m going hiking into the mountains today. I’m hoping to get some good footage for this song’s video. Enjoy. Peace. Jason.
I’ve been back to work on this project. A week ago the song was only a single lead vocal line, background guitar and synth pad. The percussive section had just started to develop. Now, there are a few drum parts across the first third of the song. There is also this wicked little metal percussive riff that brightens the stage. I am surprised how much I like the song’s character already. It usually takes more development first. I’ll probably continue onward with the percussive instruments until I reach the end.