So, if you must, click here to listen to the rough draft I recorded earlier this evening. It’s not intended to be a complete song- it’s just enough to remember the concept and two directions I could take it. And please (please?) ignore the drum loops- I am quite aware of how terrible they sound…
About a month ago, someone called me out for claiming to be a “music maker” on my twitter profile, but never posting anything music related here on tumblr. There are a few reasons I haven’t shared anything on here:
I’m incredible picky about my tone. I love my fenders and my Blues Jr., but my recording equipment is mediocre at best and there’s no way to use my amp in my current apartment, so everything has to be recorded direct-in.
I’m incredibly picky about drums. I don’t have access to a drum kit, couldn’t play it if my life depended on it, and again, have no way to record it if I could, so I have to rely on “temporary” loops to fill the part.
I have musical ADD. I started playing trombone in sixth grade, and by the end of my first year on the instrument, I was already playing with the school’s jazz band and learning the basics of improvisation. In 9th grade, I taught myself bass guitar by playing along with Primus and RHCP CDs. I played with a couple bands through high school, and when I moved away for college, I got tired of just playing bass, so I started playing my roommate’s acoustic guitar. I also picked up a MIDI keyboard and was able to channel some of my childhood piano lessons. Shortly after I graduated, I bought my first electric and started playing more bluesy stuff and a lot of Pink Floyd, and all the while going back to my bass to try to emulate Zach Smith from Pinback. Since then, I’ve been alternating between bass, acoustic, and electric, and the result is a bunch of mismatched playing styles that I wouldn’t even want to try and combine into one sound.
To top all of that off, I’m incredibly indecisive when it comes to arrangement, I’m too impatient when it comes to trying to write lyrics, and I’m too picky about recording quality to keep vocals I’ve tried to put down.
What I end up with is a bunch of “rough drafts” of song ideas, which are usually nothing more than repeated parts trying out different progressions/grooves/drum loops.
I came up with one of these “rough drafts” tonight, and if enough people bug me about it, I might post it…