A Little Early Present…

HolidayNewton, MA

Happy holidays everyone! 2015 has been a great year for Steeling Time, and we hope it has been for you too.

When Time and Motion came out, it was incredible for us – more than we’d hoped.  And yet, it left us a little lost…

2015 started with that little to-do: “Record and release an album…”  Then we did that, and it provided the spark for something special.

We looked around a little bit and try to figure out what was going to happen next. And there’s a lot of happen next to happen yet (we still have about half a band missing, for example.)

We’ve made some progress on that front, and for 2016 the biggest goal is to get out of there and start playing live. That’s gonna be some combination of some of us performing for open mic, and then – with a little luck – having a full band together so that we can do some pub and bar shows later on in the year. Ideally, this then turns into a little on the road time soon after that.

So, speaking of on the road.…

We have a little present for you. As has been mentioned in this blog a few times, we’ve been working on new material which will eventually become an album called Robbing the Cradle – in honor of and reference to the legendary Cats Cradle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where our own musical tastes got broadened (considerably!)

We’ve already recorded a couple of different tracks. Some of them are more together than others, but two of them are ready now, we wanted to share them with you as a little bit of a holiday present.

First is a song about being away from home and wanting to come back. Ironically, “Take Me Home” was also the title of an old Tunnel 18 song from a long while back. Chris reused some of the bridge and the main riff in the solo section, but the feel and message of the song is different.  Without getting too much into it, it’s here for you to listen to and enjoy as you go ahead and enjoy your holiday with friends and family.

The next – the B side, if you know what that means – is “Pleased to Meet You,” may be the song you start to hum when it’s time to go home after being with friends and family a little too long… It’s actually a song written during a too-long business trip, and pretty much speaks for itself.

So, Happy Holidays from Steeling Time! We have much getting ready to share with you in 2016, and really, really hope to see you in person sometime very soon!

On The Other Coast

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San Diego, CA

So, this will be the last week on the road for a while, and a good chance to come back to solid footing.

I personally have this love/hate thing about travel.  On the one hand, I love seeing and exploring new places, hearing new music and bands (and used to be different radio, too).  Different food, and cities themselves are exciting – fun to be thrown into the unusual and different every once in a while.

IMG_0251And then there’s the other side: That part where I’m an introvert in an extrovert’s world. More to the point, where I miss my home, my friends, my family, and actually making music.

And I guess that takes us to the topic of a new lyric just written, Take Me Home. One of the first songs that I ever wrote back in the mid-80s had the same title. However, the theme of this song is now very different, as is the music.

The current version of the song came from one of my late-night jamming sessions, which I video record when things are going well and the ideas are flowing. In this particular case I also had a melody in my head, and worked out the chord progression from the melody.

The lyric came later. I somehow had the phrase “take me home” suggested to me from the music. However at this point in life “take me home” means something very different than it did back when I wrote that first song. Now it’s a lot about really discovering what home is, mixed with my own experiences of being on the road – a lot.

We’re going to try to put this one down for basic tracking over the next week, and maybe – just maybe – it’ll be one of those that we can demo on the sound cloud site before the end of the month.

On that topic, we did get basic tracking done for four songs over the weekend – Alice’s Dream, Pleased to Meet You, No One’s Coming, and All There Is to Say.  After a little bit of listening and reflection, all of them seem to have some good clay to play with, but there will be a lot more work to do before we’re to share them with you.

We only put out music that we would want to listen to.  These songs are on the way, but they’re not up to that standard yet!

Don’t forget – You can listen to our first album on Spotify here.