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Album Challenge: Post 14 Production List

Summery: Here is a list of production tips that have worked for me. Just jutting them down as a reminder. This list isn’t static. I’ll be updating it as I discover new ideas. Drums: (I’m using BFD2 but these ideas … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 13

Editing that video made me think of process. I think process happens when you do something for a while. A predictable pattern emerges. For example, tracking the drums first. So you follow this pattern and it alleviates some of the … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 12

Update: Haven’t heard from the Wing Girls. I did get a charming auto response. Maybe someday I’ll be saying, “Due to the overwhelming amount of emails we [I] receive each day we [I] will not be able to respond to … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 11

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Fashion’s where you find it. I take inspiration where I can get it. A ’70s film. Taking my daughter to City Hall. Asking for a cup a tea. And now from this youtube video by the Wing Girls. The video … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 10

Adding variations.  Even the best hooks get old if you loop them for 3 minutes. A song may only have 2 parts (verse, chorus) but there are always variations. Lyrics change, instruments come and go, rhythms get subdivided. When I … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 9

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Routines are good, Mm-k?  A few years ago I went on a small tour of California. I was reading The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp. She makes an argument for creatives cultivating habits. … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 8

Inspiration: If you’ve ever seen San Francisco’s City Hall you know it’s pretty nice. Also pretty golden. No surprise it became of object of interest for my daughter. She made a habit of spotting it from our car as we … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 7

Vocals: I know I go on about finding the right key for the vocals. Let me go on further. It’s not just about making it singable. It’s about using the voice so it’s appropriate for the song. There were a … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 6

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Sustain Pedal: I finished up the lyrics for “Going Home”.  Everything has a working name for now. Here is the rough structure of the song. I’ve been liking the sustain pedal on my keyboard. It’s something about the way the … Continue reading

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Album Challenge: Post 5

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This one started as a melody about a month ago. Then I came up with some bitter sweet and music/melody appropriate lyrics. You just can’t marry any lyrics to any music. They might be great lyrics but if their emotional … Continue reading

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