Merry Christmas!

I have a couple of updates since the last time. I have two new songs that will flesh out the Christmas 2012 CD I’ll be giving to family and friends this year.

The first one is called “Home Sweet Home” and this is a “before” version. By “before” I mean, that “Home Sweet Home” will be re-recorded in the near future, with REAL musicians and a professional producer, so it will be drastcially different than what you hear here. This is simply my proto-type, if you will. My hope is that real musicians (and a better producer) will breathe some more life into it than just me messing around on a MIDI keyboard. Still, here it is for now. It is quite harmonically complex for the music-theory minded, moving from the D Phrygian mode (with a raised third) through to B flat major for solo-ists section, then to G minor for the third verse, then back to D Phrygian with a raised third, ending in D minor with a major lift at the very last chord. Some of the chords are almost jazz-like in their complexity, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

Additionally, I’ve got a second piece I’m releasing that has been well over a year in the making. I might do a making-of podcast, or video on this one. I’m not sure yet, but it originally started as my attempt to create a dubstep track. I quickly found that I’m not cut out to create dubstep–or at least the Skrillex inspired “dubstep” that is currently making the rounds–which seems to be all about who can make the sawtooth-ier lead, and wobb-lier bass line. I just end up finding it too mind-numbingly boring after a while. So I abandoned my attempt but took some of those initial experiments and morphed them into what you hear below. It took a LONG time to really figure out, not only what I wanted to do with it lyrics and “story” wise” but also how to execute some of the tricks I wanted to incorporate (the sound effects, the talking space ship, and the accompanying build-ups and breakdowns). The final polish is the hardest part, and it took another 2 months of patient work and decision making to finalize the track. I declare it done now, and whether anyone else likes it or not… _I_ like it. And I tell ya, when you like your own music it takes a lot of the sting of rejection away. That’s why I don’t release anything until it’s “done”. I don’t like regrets. As always, this is the best I can do right now. I may be able to do better tomorrow, but for now, I’ve left it all on the table. Take it or leave it. 🙂

Anyhoo! Thanks for listening. Thanks for reading, and Merry Christmas! I’ve got many things (alot of them happier!) in the hopper for next year, so maybe I’ll see you then.

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