My personal aim is to finish my second solo album, at the moment it has just been rough sketches of songs and chords. But 10 days in I am looking like this:
Too Many Problems
So Close, So Far
And this evening I have written a new song that will be entitled Solace.
My album will be in the style of the 2 acoustic songs from the July album challenge (Summer's Night and The Bliss). The songs will be mostly influenced by artists like Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch, Scott Matthews and Bon Iver, to name a few.
I will be using my Tanglewood acoustic guitar, my keyboard for piano, violins or other folk instruments, a Squier P-Bass for....ur...bass and an SM58 for my vocals. I have some bongos that I would like to add, but I don't have any better mics than the 58 which only really does vocals.
My audio interface is a Line 6 UX1 and the DAW will be Reaper 3.75
EDIT: Have recorded the backing track for Solace, vocals will be recorded when no one is home
So, I haven't done anything towards my album today. This morning I went into college to finalise the song I'm taking to the uni interview. I jammed a bit on my acoustic when I got back, but had no proper time to record the vocals for Solace. Had a gig with my band in the evening, soundcheck was at 5pm, just got back, so no real time to do anything today.
Tomorrow (13) I get the train to Liverpool for my interview on monday morning, I come back monday evening. I might get some lyrics written on the train, a song about the journey would be nice I guess.
Okay, haven't posted in a few days, but yesterday ago I recorded a new song called "Leaving Today".
I now have 22 mins of music, I would like to write at least 2 more, I am not going to try and force the songs. But we'll see have happens.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 9)
Today, I made considerable progress on my album, completely recording and mixing everything I have written so far.
Fading Away (Completed)
Sky Comes Falling (Completed)
The Bliss (Completed)
Summers Night (Completed)
The End Is Nigh (Completed)
I did some adding up, these 5 songs bring a total time of 18 mins. If I was really desperate to finish this by doing the minimum, it would be easy.
With 2 weeks left, I want to keep writing and recording. I enjoy it.
That is also the rough track order, other songs will be slotted in around it, but it depends on what the other songs are like; right now, I feel like having a heavy song that blends country/blues with heavy rock. However this is subject to change.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 8)
I am making considerable progress through this album. A brand new track was written and recorded today, it is called "Fading Away". I am thinking about having it as the album opener.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, this evening, I have been composing the album closer, it is a slow instrumental in the key of D minor, which I find is the saddest of all keys (Spinal Tap). I have recorded guitar and piano for that and have found a sample or two that I wish to use in it.
Here is a list of how things stand:
Sky Comes Falling (Completed)
Fading Away (Completed)
The End Is Nigh (In Progress)
Summers Night (To Be Recorded)
The Bliss (To Be Recorded)
Tomorrow, I plan to finish off The End Is Nigh, by overdubbing the slide guitar and adding the samples. I also plan on recording one of the songs that need recording. The Bliss is a short song that will only require guitar and vocals, I feel that Summers Night may be a bit more elaborate, we shall see
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 7)
Here is an update as to where I am so far.
I have already recorded 1 song, and in recent days have written all of another. And as of today, I have written a new song.
This is where I stand, also, these are all working titles:
Sky Comes Falling (already recorded)
Summers Night (written 2 days ago)
The Bliss (written today)
I plan to record on Monday, haven't decided which one yet; I plan to keep writing.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 6)
Today I demoed the song I had partly written and didn't like it upon recording. However this evening I have a new chord sequence and half of the lyrics written, I doubt will be able to record any tomorrow, but I'll try something over the course of the weekend.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 5)
I have decided that first song I wrote and recorded for this month will feature on the album.
Today, I wrote the music to a new song, been writing down and binning lyrical ideas all afternoon, I have 2 lines that came into my head about 3 hours ago. I am playing around with them to see what else comes of it.
Tomorrow I shall be attending a slide guitar masterclass and will leave me no time to record anything tomorrow. However, I have all day Thursday to do it. I guess tomorrow evening will leave me more time to polish off the lyrics.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 4)
Today I finished off my lyrics and recorded a song called "Sky Comes Falling", it is completely mixed and mastered, however I am unsure whether I would like to include it in my album. Time will tell.
One should include it, because it is for an album of songs composed this month. All of this will depend on how many more I write.
On the topic of writing, literally just now, I have written a new chord sequence in the tuning of CGCFCE.
I will see if any potential lyrics come to me tonight.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 3)
So far, I have got the chords for first song I am writing for this album. (Which has been mentioned in the previous blog entry)
I have been rather busy lately and have been unable to spend time on this, I have some lyrics to finish off and I have all day tomorrow of which I shall demo it.
Been jamming on the guitar, have an idea or two that could be used for the album.
I'll keep you posted.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 2)
So, we are the first day into the challenge and I spent this afternoon playing my guitar with different tunings. After many hours I have a verse and chorus chord sequence in the tuning of 'Double Drop D' (DADGBD).
The only way I can describe the sound of this, is driving rock. It sort of has that 130bpm.
I am going to start demoing it tomorrow and hopefully sing the lyrics for it that I hope to write tonight.
No idea on how many songs I'm gonna put on this album, we'll see how much inspiration I get over the 4 weeks.
30 Day Album Challenge (Part 1)
Okay, I am putting some thought into what sort of album I want to do.
I either do a mish-mash of genres or I stick to one. I could go for a folk tinged one in the style of a Nick Drake record or I could make it a full blown affair with programmed drums like in my '30 day song' effort.
It's late in the evening, I'll see what music comes to me over the course of this month.
Sound: It's not that often that one of rock and rolls defining legends play in a leisure centre in a scummy town that gave you Billie Piper, roundabouts and XTC; also known as Swindon.
Playing in a sports hall does have its downsides, the sound quality from the reflective surfaces does mean the sound is a tad harsh; however Motorhead were so loud that it probably didn't make any noticeable difference whatso ever.
Mikkey Dee had his massive drum kit on a drum riser 5ft above the stage and it was hard not to feel his presence.
Phil Campbell was touting his LAG Explorer Signature and 4 Marshall JVM410H stacks on the stage. (These were for show, because I know he uses rack mounted Marshalls)
Lemmy was backed up by his Murder One head as well as the Marshall replica of it. // 10
Perfomance: Motorhead are all about the fun of playing the music and making sure that everyone has a good time. And this was just what they did. The 3000 strong audience ranging from ages 8 to 80 were all head banging and singing to The Music.
Kicking off with "Iron Fist" and knocking out such numbers as "Metropolis" and "Stay Clean" the band showed off some new material from their latest album. "The Thousand Names of God" had the crowd chanting through the chorus.
Lemmy: "Everyone put both hands in the air if you want us to play louder!" and that was what the whole crowd did, and they whacked it up to 11! The end of the set was celebrated with "Bomber" which went down a treat.
The start of the encores was marked by a bluesy Acoustic number called "Whorehouse Blues", which I though surprised most of the audience.
The dreaded "Ace of Spaces" and "Overkill" had the whole concert hall shouting the lyrics and punching the air! // 10