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.

Satori in Geneva

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Geneva, NY

If you ever find yourself in Geneva, NY (a great little city in the Finger Lakes), you must go to Area Records & Music. Ask for Jeff. He gets it. I just walked in there a little while ago and talked about guitars, small guitar stores competing with the big guys, how Gibson and Fender are completely alienating their customer base, and why you make music in the first place.

He told me about how so many of the kids come in and they want to make money and impress girls. Invariably, these are the kids who come back in a couple of weeks wanting to return the guitar because it’s too hard to learn how to play. Anything that’s worthwhile doing is hard at first.

On top of that, the reason you learn how to play music is not to make money and to impress girls. That might be a useful side effect later, but the reason that you learn to play music is because there’s music inside you that you need to be able to play. There’s something inside you that needs to get out, and the instrument is the way it gets there.

The instrument is the tool that gives voice to your soul.

Shifting gears entirely…

The guys from Rush once said that they never had any outtakes from any albums, because why would you ever work on a song that you weren’t going to put on an album?

Kinda wish I had that discipline.

Instead, the first album had at least four songs that didn’t make it onto the album. Some of them made it onto the Soundcloud site, but will never actually make it to disk.   (They’ll be those “deep tracks” we pull out for extra special audiences live…)

And, already, Robbing the Cradle has been cut from 13 songs down to 11. Largely because the other two just don’t fit. It’s one of the struggles about writing an album rather than writing a song. The songs need to work together. They need to be of a theme, and of a feel. There are each like scenes from a movie, and need to hang together in order to tell the overall story.

So, what I’m getting around to saying in a fairly long way is that the album is taking longer to write, but is getting much better as it goes along.

The good news is that production has started on a couple of songs, and with a little bit of good luck, maybe we’ll have some new music coming your way before the end of the year. And buy new music I’m not just talking about one song, but maybe a few so you can get a flavor of where we’re going.

And don’t forget in the meantime, time and motion is available at CDbaby and you can listen on Spotify.

What do you call this thing, anyway?

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Bangor, ME

A few pieces of news over the past couple of weeks, all of them good. First of all, just found out that our album is up on Spotify. Yay! Didn’t actually realize that was going to happen but I guess that’s all part and parcel of the CD Baby thing. Really very cool!

Also, looking to add a few open mic gigs in the Newton, Mass area (west of Boston) sometime over the next couple of months. We will post these as that all becomes a little bit clearer.

Finally, I found out quite to my surprise earlier today that some of our CDs have been making their way around Portland, ME a little bit. I sent a couple up to some friends, and they’ve been showing them around. Walked into a room earlier today and somebody said: “oh you’re the guy with the band, and that album!  It’s really cool stuff! Classic rock?”

So, this next thing is going to probably be a stupid question:  What do you call this stuff, anyway?

With been trying not to be too pedantic trying to classified as anyone thing. To me it’s always sounded like 90s alternative rock. Maybe y’all think it something else?

Please let us know. Just kinda curious.