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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Further Adventures in Baby Sitting

I'm still vainly trying to record something that feels like a "song". This is my latest attempt, although it's taking every bit of courage to share it here. I, like many people, cannot stand the sound of my own recorded voice. This goes doubly for my singing voice. Nevertheless, here's a song. It's about how life is impossible, so at some point you have to give up, fall in love, and make a baby... hoping that the next generation has better luck.

Click on my face! Click on my face!

So, how is this more "like a song" than previous recordings? And why do I care about that?

The most obvious difference between this tune and the others is the presence of vocals. They're even presented in a verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure. And beyond that, there is a modest effort at creating a guitar solo, a genuine outro, some melody, a bridge (although the transitions in the song still seem weak,) and a rhythm track. The bass is very understated, and the outro is gimmicky... but they still contribute to the sense of composition.

Even if I don't want to evolve into some sort of singer-songwriter type, I think it's a valuable exercise to attempt this sort of thing. After all, you're supposed to know the rules before you start breaking them. One thing I noticed in the editing and tinkering phase: I was very resistant to redoing either the vocals or the guitar solo. These were the components that I was the most insecure about going in... and after recording something that felt passable I didn't want to drive myself crazy trying to get it perfect. That may change in the future though... I've already thought I was finished three times so far. A future iteration will probably involve redoing the vocals, smoothing the transitions at 0:30 and 1:20, and redoing the drums.

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At 3/19/2009 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Courtney Putnam said...

Oooh, I want to hear you! I can't get the "Click on my face!" function to work. Error. Error.

Looking forward to listening to your latest creation, John.


At 3/19/2009 11:41:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Oops... that's because stupid Blogger kept truncating my link. Should be fixed and working again. Thanks for alerting me to this problem!

At 3/20/2009 05:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool! I love the tune and your deep voice, goes very well together!! Looking forward to hearing more!!

At 3/21/2009 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Pam said...

Your deep voice, a surprise, an awesome surprise. I love the song John, beautiful melody and got a couple of hooking lines in the lyric. (I like the way, she opens her mouth.) You could do more with that line and image and idea if you wanted to.

The only thing I found jarring was that what I considered intrusive drum beat. It made me jump each time it chimed in.

Keep on writing. You have talent.

At 3/22/2009 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Courtney Putnam said...

Lovely, John! More, more, more!

At 3/22/2009 09:55:00 PM, Blogger lowcoolant said...

I still don't recognize the voice as yours. But after a few more days of listening, once I've accepted this singing voice as your voice, I won't recognize you when you start talking to me! AAAAAAGH!!!

At 10/28/2009 01:59:00 PM, Blogger Ned said...

Me likely. I definitely agree with Soapy on the voice recognition thing, though.


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