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Day For Night

It’s been a while but here is a new track called “Day For Night”, I should explain how it came about, as it soon veered of in its own direction, with a few influences to guide me along the way.

In the past eighteen months I’ve written more than an album’s worth of classic rock tunes that I’d love to play live at some point, so while I wait for kindred spirits wanting to play original music here in Normandy, I thought I’d try something different while I wait.  I was initially inspired to write something bluesy along the lines of The Black Keys “Too Afraid To Love You“,  as it is bluesy but also they use all the combination of soundtrack sounds I’ve been using for years: harpsichord, hammond organ, trip hop drums. Continue reading Day For Night

Cutting Room Floor

Here we are Monday 8th August, 9am last Saturday “Cutting Room Floor” didn’t exist, and there was no thought to do such a style of track.

As you might have seen from previous blogs, most pieces of music are as a result of an accident or a detour from the original plan of action.

As usual I have a few tracks on the go both classic rock and soundtrack/instrumental, but couldn’t get anywhere, so I started afresh, loading up my music program (Logic) and immediately selecting a classic Fender Rhodes sound to play around with ideas.

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Sunshine in her soul

I’ve not written much recently, instead I’ve been learning how to play slide guitar, it’s always been a dark art.  Years ago I bought a glass slide from a shop in Denmark Street in London, along with the glass slide was a little slip of paper in the packaging recommending retuning your guitar to open E or open G.  For the non musicians, this means that rather than tuning your guitar to E-A-D-G-B-E, in the case of open G, the six strings are tuned to D-G-D-G-B-D (still with me?).  This means when you strum the strings without putting your fingers on the fretboard, you get the chord of G. Continue reading Sunshine in her soul

Shimmer

After a purple patch of writing demos for a collection of rock songs, I stumbled on writing “Shimmer” by accident.  Normally I’m strumming away on the acoustic and if anything is any good, I fire up Logic, my music program and record an idea.  I name each file, “Song 1” “Song 2” etc, “Shimmer” came from “Song 68”.  If looking for inspiration, I sometime go over my unused ideas and see if anything grabs me. Continue reading Shimmer

Just like London buses…

…you wait for a new song and three come along.

It’s been a productive couple of weeks or so, both for soundtrack music and rock demos.  I’m now getting a set together of original rock songs which I’d love to play live at some point, and this was furthered by demos for new songs “Fall from Grace” and “Bullet for the General”.

“Fall from Grace” started out quite simply, with a verse and chorus in the ballpark of Free/Bad Company (actually my real inspiration was Stillwater the fictitious band from the film Almost Famous, with Nancy Wilson and Pete Frampton among the songwriters). Continue reading Just like London buses…

“Fallen Angel – Burnt out Star”

The songwriting continues, some of the previous songs written in the past couple of months, such as Smoking Gun and Blood From A Stone have come from thinking of a riff and grabbing a guitar to work it out before the mojo is lost.  A week ago this song “Fallen Angel – Burnt out Star” didn’t exist, but sat with my tatty acoustic, a riff arrived, so I kept jamming it and working on it and thinking where it would go.
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The Smoking Gun

Here’s a demo for a rock song, called The Smoking Gun.  Like just about everything I pick up my tatty acoustic and a riff or something comes along and then it take on a life of it’s own.

Normally I just upload the demo to soundcloud (here’s my channel) but for fun I thought I’d create a video to accompany it.  The music is shorter than the actual demo – which can be heard in full on my Song Demos page. Once again it was made possible by the plethora of great free footage available.  I managed to find a slow motion film of a gun firing, and many examples of a bullet hitting bulbs, clocks and glass, it seems to suit the music. One day, of course, I hope to record it with a band and play it live but no hurry. Continue reading The Smoking Gun

Timelapse

I did this track a couple of week’s ago, before I put together the website.  I was watching the second season of Fargo and the penultimate episode started off with a great 70’s funk soundtrack.

Somehow it seeped into my subconscious, and I started writing with the opening riff on the Rhodes and it developed from there, getting more bluesy along the way until it developed a life of it’s own.  Both the lead breaks were done in one take, you could go back and redo bits, but I think you gain something from a live take. Continue reading Timelapse