If you were keeping tabs on the song order, you might have noticed that I started alphabetically. However, today I’ve already broken ranks. The second song finalized is Femke. No rhyme or reason why on that, it is what it is.
In this song I made lyrical tweaks to the second verse. I also made a lyrical change to the first line of the chorus. It now makes a bit more sense to an outsider view about someone you might know and the changes all recorded on the demo. Musically I didn’t find a need to tweak any of the melody. I will be adding a few elements in the studio that are beyond what is in the demo. I keep the arrangement fairly sparse. But instead of drum and orchestral samples, I’ll be bringing in the real thing. More human that way.
What song will come next and when will it get finalized? Only the shadow knows. For now, you are in the know knowing that the second song finalized is Femke.
The tweaks are beginning to flow. My first song finalized is American Mayhem. So far I’m going in alphabetical order. No rhyme or reason it was the first on the list.
I got the verses tightened up and made some changes to the lyrics in the chorus as well. I recut the vocals on the demo to closer represent my final goal and to have the new lyrical version around for practice. I’ve added some elements to the music part of the mix as well. I’m looking forward to getting into the studio to cut the final vocal and get the mix completed. It’s gonna be a nice slammin track.
Stay tuned as more songs are getting tweaked. Which one will be next on the list? Check back and find out. For now, you know the first song finalized is American Mayhem.
The light at the end of the tunnel on a recent project is opening wide. A project I’ve been doing for John Michael Kane has been completed today. I’ve been mixing it up and down with a large selection of songs for John and now it’s over.
The beauty is, a lot this music will be getting heard relatively soon on sports programs and other things TV related. John is part of a library that gets his songs licensed on TV. It’s a beautiful thing.
This particular song is called “Won’t Stand Down”. Seems like I went alphabetical in the song order or I could been saving the best for last. Either way, I’m happy, he’s happy. We’re all happy with the end result. May the music grace your ears before too long.
Here’s a question that I’ve been getting recently: What songs are left? Meaning, what of the 72 songs that I started with for the next CD are now being considered for the next release. No need to ask any more. Why? Because the list is here [in alphabetical order]…
Love Takes A Holiday
Stand My Ground
Things Left Unsaid
Thump Thump Thump
‘Till We Meet Again
Vaporize Your Heart
Waiting On One Thing
You Can’t Hear
Of those 18, there are a few more that I’ll axe from the list to get it down to the final group. I’m spending time pouring over each song. Debating on the arrangement. Making necessary lyric changes. Ending with any transitions between parts that need to be made. After all that, it will be time to assemble the proper crew to help out with the recording process.
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Here’s my thanks to everyone that took the time to vote on the songs. It started with 70. Then came to 32. Now it’s down to 18. From here on out, I’ll be tweaking and massaging the songs that are left. Of the 18 left, at least 6 will fall by the wayside. They might become b-sides to singles. What will be left are 12 super potent songs that will be sheer awesomeness.
I’m excited to have brought fans in on the process of picking out the songs. The beauty is allowing all to see the process we songwriters go through to create words and sounds you get upon final release. A process that can take a ridiculous amount of time and effort.
I appreciate the time and effort that was put into the listening and voting as well. I know it takes a good chunk of time to listen to 70 songs and give an opinion on them. Then to do it again on 32 songs.
My next step as it goes is to take time going back over songs with a fine tooth comb and make some adjustments. Figure out if the key of each song is the best it can be. If there is a need for anything else in the arrangements and how they need to transpire. Once this is figured out it will be time to head into the studio and begin the recording process.
Two days ago I spotted a tweet about a piece of music. That particular tweet came from a fan of mine. One that runs a few online radio station types like Blip.fm. She goes under the moniker Jalapno. I’m thinking that’s supposed to represent Jalapeno the spicy pepper. The tweet I’m talking about mentioned a song I recorded last year with my buddy Robert Navarro. It’s about how Morning Rays brighten your days. Two fold there, with the sun coming up meaning the world is still here and if you have a special someone who puts a ray of sunshine in your day.
The song was written by me, but it was done for a library. Therefore I don’t own the rights to it for selling and licensing purposes. Though the more it gets around, eventually the better it is for me and for Robert.
As it stands, look no further than here to hear the song:
Since you’re here reading this post, I’m requesting that you share the post as well as share the video too. Heck, while you’re at it – head to the video page and share some of my other videos. Even better, I’d ask you to purchase my tunes, make a video like this, contact me for a license (it’s important to get as YouTube and other places will likely pull it if you don’t get a license from me) then share ’em on youtube, vimeo, or your favorite video site. I’d like to see where the music goes.
Have yourself a fantastic week and may Morning Rays brighten your days.
Aw, I’m getting a little choked up. I’m getting featured on Taylor Guitar’s website. This is actually pretty cool. I was asked by Taylor Guitars if I would do a little clip about how I got a particular guitar sound for the trailer Goats. Well, here it is in all it’s glory.
The bonus is, I’ve been asked to do more of them. So stay tuned. As I complete projects that utilize my favorite acoustic guitars (Taylor Guitars ahem hem). Then there will be more of them.
p.s. – There’ll likely be an update before long when Dean Markley also ends up posting this.
Help pick the songs that make my next release:
That’s right. You, the awesome music fan, can help determine what songs will make the next complete release of your’s truly. Listening to songs in progress and giving the thumbs up and thumbs down for me. Even better, if you end up picking the top 12 songs that actually do make the album as your favorites, you’ll win a prize.**
What do ya say? Wanna be in on the ground floor of the making of a epic musical masterpiece?
Here’s what ya need to do…
First – register as a member of the website. The registration box is over to the right above the Email List. It’s pretty simple, pick your favorite Social ID and use that to login.
Second – once you’re registered, contact me via the website and I’ll send you a password for you to use.
Third – you listen to songs and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5.
Pretty simple! So get on with it!
** disqualification occurs if you pick more than 12 songs with a 5 rating. In order to win you will need 12 songs with a 5 rating.
A crazy summer to be sure…
Fox Sports has been making great use of my music in the 2nd half of the MLB (Major League Baseball) season.
Tracking has finished on two projects. One involving Jesse Stern & Alfredo Herz. The other with Chris Hellstrom. Both projects are in the mixing stage. Pretty soon they should make nice additions to contracts I have in network TV.
Another track I did with Robert Navarro has been burning up the network airwaves: Not That Into You. Right now Robert and I are working on another project that should be completed by the end of September.
Love Out Loud, a track I co-wrote and produced for the artist Kavi is now in her hands. Keep an ear out for it. I’ve finished two co-writes with Claude Woods Jr. one is called Keep The Swagg Up, the other is Whipped. Two great Urban tracks that should be burning up charts in the future.
The most recent film trailer I’ve scored is: Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey. It’s a comedy and the trailer is out and about in the wild right now. For Apple users you can see it here: Father of Invention. For non quicktime users you can see it here: Father of Invention. I composed and produced all the music you hear in the trailer.
To top it off, I’ve been holed up in the studio feverishly finishing over 50 songs for my next release. Pretty soon I’m going to be calling upon you to help decide which of them should be definitely on it. Details on how that will work are coming soon.
It’s been a rockin start to the new year. Funk Town, a collection of funk songs written by Jesse Stern and myself was completed and has made it’s way into the land of Fox Sports. We enjoyed the process so much that we’re taking on yet another project together for some high energy progressive rock tracks. We’re collaborating with Alfredo Herz on the project as well. So far we’re two songs in and it’s been a wild ride.
If you Ping, as in iTunes Ping. You can now find me at: http://tinyurl.com/Official-Ping doesn’t get much easier than that right? Ping me.
Paying attention to the sports world according to Fox? My music is now being heard in MLB, NBA, NFL, Pac-10 College Basketball and NASCAR. Pretty soon you’ll be hearing a lot more of it at your favorite stadium.
Currently in the studio producing tracks for the artist Kavi. As well, I’ve finished co-writing and producing a track called Keep The Swagg Up with Claude Woods Jr. Also co-writing a track with Greg Watton. As well a new song recently finished with Dutch artist Latisha Von Simon called Boys In Stereo.
In the film world I’ve recently scored music and sound for trailers including, The Lost Father, Fast and Furious Five, and The Lost Medallion. More trailers coming soon.
I’m starting to make headway in finishing songs for my next CD. It’s still going to be a little bit before I head into the studio for it, but I’m planning on finally getting a new CD out before the end of the year.