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Eyelashes – Song for Lucille Ball

I’ve written and demoed a new tune called “Eyelashes – Song for Lucille Ball”. Would you like to hear it?

Listen here.

Photo by Alison Bell.

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Living in the Spotlight

Here you have a new song called “Living in the Spotlight”. A demo with no distinct purpose except to satisfy a need to write. It was recorded in my kitchen, between March and April, with my wife and sleeping children in the next room. I hope you like it.

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The Dry Spell

Here I am in my kitchen, doing vocals on a new song called ‘Living in the Spotlight’. When you record vocals, you put your lyrics under the microscope and every syllable gets meticulously examined. Phrases that look good on the page don’t necessarily sound great. My focus, at the moment, is on simple lyrics and strong melodies. ‘Living in the Spotlight’ still needs more work, but it’s this intense editing process that I enjoy the most. 

Today I’m sharing a demo from 2007 called ‘The Dry Spell’. I performed this tune a couple of times with a ‘supergroup’ I formed in L.A. called AAnchors AAweigh. The song never made it past the demo stage and unfortunately the band never recorded an album. 

I love the poetic nature of this song and the roughness of the demo, which was an early foray into recording with GarageBand. Maybe I’ll record it properly one day, but in the meantime, it’s been fun to revisit the tune and remember those wild, restless days. Give it a listen and read the lyrics on my Soundcloud profile.

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Friday Night Writing

Last night I set up shop in my kitchen to see if I could squeeze out a song while the kiddies slept.

As you can see, I’ve got a Novation Bass Station II and an Arturia DrumBrute Impact going through an Arturia AudioFuse. All of these are easy to use, but this was the wrong approach. By the time I got everything synced up and sounding good it was time to go to bed. My time is limited so I need to work quickly.

I was a bit bummed about all of this (see last photo), but I guess the sleep helped, because I woke up with renewed confidence. Next Friday I’ll use a MIDI keyboard and Logic plugins to get ideas down faster.