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Monday, June 07, 2010

New Cover Ideas (Possible Future Covers)

Here is a list of possible covers I have been thinking about.  Let me know if any are some you would really like to hear or dont want to hear etc.
Change (Deftones)
Simple Man (Lynard Skynard)
Hurt (NIN/Johhny Cash's version)
I Could Have Lied (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Dont Follow (AiC)
Sometimes Jacks Rule The Realm (311)
Knockin' On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan)
Come Together (Beatles) *Acoustic*
Drive (Incubus)
Only God Knows Why (Kid Rock)
In Bloom (Nirvana)
You Know You're Right (Nirvana)
Creep (STP)
Glycerine (Bush)
Where Is My Mind (Pixies)
Those are just some i've been thinking of.  Definitely would love to do some more AiC and Nirvana covers,  prolly my 2 favorite bands so I love doing those covers.  Let me know what you guys think. :cool:
7:10 pm - 3 comments - 2 Kudos
Saturday, June 05, 2010

Right Before I'm Wrong

Current mood: mellow

My latest original song and only second song ive ever written to date.  Should have started doing this years ago, been learning a lot just writing and listening to what ive written. 

Song is called Right Before I'm Wrong


Pain is all I know
Apologies don't mean a thing
Say your sorry don't lie to me
I'm free from you that's all I need
Loving you ain't the same
Please just stop the pain

Too pressure in my head
I just cant escape.
Gettin it right before i'm wrong
I ain't gettin another chance.

Drag me down, pump me up
Full of drugs, I don't wanna love.
Hide the lies pain builds inside
It all crashes down on you.
Loving you ain't the same
Please just stop the pain

Too pressure in my head
I just cant escape.
Gettin it right before i'm wrong
I ain't gettin another chance.

Now i'm dead, my bloods on you
the devil caught you cryin.
Call the doc before i'm dead
baby i'm really dying.
Loving you ain't the same
Please just stop the pain.

Too pressure in my head
I just cant escape.
Gettin it right before i'm wrong
I ain't gettin another chance.
Too pressure in my head
I just cant escape.
Gettin it right before i'm wrong
I ain't gettin another chance.

Song was heavily inspired by the shit I went through with an ex-girlfriend.  She lied, cheated, stole, and became a heroin addict. Recently tried to apologize for everything she put me through and get back with me.  Told that bitch to hit the road and have a nice life, the year of hell she put me through i'll never forget.  Learned from my mistakes and hers, this is the outcome.  I relatively happy with it.

Drums are MIDI, still my weak point as far as composition.  MIDI violin laying down a layer in the background of the song.  Guitar part just came out of messing around a bit, nothing complicated.  Vocals still my strongest point.

Let me know what you guys think of this song.  Hope you enjoy it.

NOTE:  Just received confirmation today this will be playing on UGRadio havn't heard it yet but will keep and ear out for it.
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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Have Written First Song Ever

Well Im kinda proud of myself, its a milestone for me that Ive really never attempted or wanted to until now.  Its has always been a goal for me to write, play and record my own stuff now for 6 years since I picked up a guitar and now im finally doing it!

Its weird for me to write something because music to me is very personal and contains a lot of feelings that cant be understood completely.  Its a big step for me to finally put myself out there in the form of music, and let people listen to me, and not me playing someone else. 

The song I have titled "Hell Over Heaven"

Basically it all was written around the first line I wrote "Heaven has lost this war, Hell burned it all away."  Kind of a one line chorus if you will. For my first song I kept it short and sweet at 2m 34sec.  Only a 2 bar intro, 2 verses and about a minute long guitar solo.

Drums were MIDI done using Xpand2 with Pro Tools LE 8.  I never have used any MIDI Drums or drums period in any song ive ever covered, never had any experience with them.  Finally took that leap here too and decided to take the time being my own song to program the drums, again kept it pretty simple for a first time. Still learning this aspect of recording.

Bass was also MIDI, really no bass knowledge of any kind so gonna have to experiment a lot with this.  Definitely my weakest point right now I think.

Guitars were done using SansAmp PSA-1 in Pro Tools, using different pre-sets and tweaking them slightly to taste.  Guitars were recorded with DI to my M-Box Mini.

Vocals were recorded in my bedroom with my ZOOM H2 Portable Recorder.  I think this thing actually gives me a pretty good vocal recording and I can move it to record in any room of the house.  No dedicated microphone as of right now to record vocals until I save the money for one to make the vocals shine.  Recording in a duplex apartment so can only really sing when neighbors are not home, because it gets very loud.  Guitar is no problem with the Direct In and headphones.

Definitely liked writing this song and can see many more on the way, already working on the next, hope to put it up in the not so distant future.

Check out "Hell Over Heaven" on profile, give me your feedback! THX!
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Pro Tools System

Just got my first M-box and Pro Tools LE 8.  Took me about 4 hours to figure everything out and get it up and running.  All I can say is WOW! I have so much power at my disposal i'm overwhelmed right now. 

Pro Tools is a big change from Reaper, I have virtually everything I could imagine at my fingertips with Pro Tools.  Also got a M-Audio Oxygen 49 key MIDI controller too that has controls to interface with protools very cool and handy.

I have been experimenting with different things and watching a ton of tutorials on how to use this platform to it potential. Its a long road ahead and I will be learning new things everyday.  Hopefully I will post a new song with this new gear, maybe an original soon.
3:34 am - 1 comments - 2 Kudos