On March 1st, I wrote what is likely the best song in my history. At this point in time, the thought of "best," may be incorrect, yet in the moment I believe this to be a truth. On many occasions since completing the write, while practicing to learn this new tune, when the last note is struck, while that last chord sustains to its natural duration, the unusual thought, "Wow that is good," comes into my mind. This song came to me based in a personal experience that allows several circumstances to coalesce. A couple of days hence, I wrote about the writing experience in my blog about songs and songwriting experiences, BacoNatureMuse.blogspot.com. The description presented, both identifies, and speaks to the circumstances that allowed this song to form. In the least, it is interesting to me, how the circumstances of two different days, can join as a motivating force that allowed for the creation of this song or any song for that matter.
February 4, 2017, Another day and another song is ready for publishing here. This song is quite different in its style, leaning toward the "oh, wow is me love sick puppy" type, "so I will get drunk and hope for satisfaction." Its music is inching toward country in its presentation, which I find fitting for this song. The guitar in this piece is that 1962 Gibson J-45, that I appreciate more with each time I play, or so it seems. This song was written May 7, 2015. I hope you enjoy it. "In This World So Blue".
Last night I finalized the latest recording to reach its completion. I wrote and composed this one, March 9, 1976. I had not played this song for many years prior to undertaking this recording session. In this process I came up with the background guitar and lead guitar work. You can listen to it with the click of your mouse, "Blind Man, Sad Man".
I've made a redo on the song "Nowhere Fast" today, re-recording the vocal tracks, changed the drum track, and remixed it. It could be better, yet that is opinion, my own after working with it for many hours. In those instances, I become too close to the thing to really make a valid observation of what I hear.
I completed a recording of the song "Time For Change." This is a song I wrote August 12, 1998.
After working on the recordings I have posted this evening, I reviewed some of the recordings I have previously posted while learning how to use the drumming software, to my dismay. I now realize that some of those additions are really bad. I will be setting out to correct these things in the coming days, weeks and months.
Another song story was added today. This song story is for the song Nowhere Fast.
Today I added another recording to the collection here. "Nowhere Fast", I wrote January 6, 2013, either by coincidence or through some conjuring of the Universe to make it so, five days prior to the death of Aaron Schwartz. This song's subject is about the type of governmental behavior which led to Aaron to choose death, ".. [T]he creeps who seek to stomp out the nerd," along with the rest of out surveillance state apparatus. It is very striking to me how such a coincidence can come to pass in my life and in the lives of others.
It has been a musically productive week here. I was able to find the incentive, motivated by what I would call, "the universe", allowing me to write and compose two new songs. I have not written a lyrically centered song in more than a year. Sometimes the muse remains in other locations, beyond my reach. I have posted summaries of these two song writing events to my blog. The first is, BacoNatureMuse.blogspot.com and the second is, BacoNatureMuse.blogspot.com.
The addition of another Song Story was written and added today. This is about how this song was written quite by accident, this happens at times when the muse shines bright. This Song Story is for the song, River Song.
I made a new instrument wheel photo as seen at the bottom of these pages.
Yesterday, July 04, 2016, I added another guitar to the collection of fully functional guitars. This is a 1962 Gibson J-45 ADJ with a sunburst finish. It was given to me as a broken/destroyed guitar. The neck had been broken at its attachment to the body, splitting the top on both sides of the neck. I simply thought that it could potentially be salvaged when it was shown to me. I took it to my preferred local Luthier who, for a very just fee, made it whole again. It is a very fine sounding instrument, having great playability, not the prettiest of guitars, showing obvious signs of abuse, beyond what I've stated here including exposure to water at some point in its history. I feel so lucky!
I have created a new version of the song, Bomb Train. It has a new mix with drums added, making it a much more complete sounding song.
On Friday, June 3 2016 - Another bomb train impacts part of our world. The importance of the Colombia River as a fishery, as a location for recreation and as a location for human living, farming, and more are threatened by the derailment of another "Bomb Train." As the lyric to my song states, "Another bomb train rolls along its weight comes crushing down, unlike the one that just came by this one will blow downtown." As this train did in Mosier Oregon a small town on located along the bank of the Colombia River. The Bakken crude has entered the Colombia River, although news accounts state in small amounts, there is no verifiable way to from confirm or quantify this preventable tragic event. The damage is done, yet the threat of further incidence remains and shall remain until the practice of hauling oil on rail stops forever.
A revision of the song "The Grand Teton Mine (no it's Mine)" has been completed with a drum track and other adjustments to the mix.
I have re-done the recording of the song "Come Riding Up the Trail." In the process I recorded new vocal tracks and added a drum track.
I have reworked the song "Why Do I Listen to the Wind," by adding a drum track to it. It is still the election season, so give it a spin.
The new thing at present, is learning to use and compose computer generated drumming, since there are no known real drummers that will record or play music with me at present. It has been a steep learning curve, but I have reached high enough now to achieve some desired results. The actual thought of using this software for recording was a process in itself to overcome, because I have been resistant and hopeful that the real thing would be accessed before now. Wrong thought! I finished my first recording that incorporates this methodology today and have presented it below. There should be more of this coming soon. I intend to backtrack a bit, inserting percussion in songs already available.
Also: April 27, Another new tune has reached an end to its recording process. The song,"Color Your Eyes" has greater depth due to the incorporation of drumming into the recording, a first for me.
I have added some information to the streaming/download MP3 page, that tells the date or the period when the song displayed was written.
The musical focus remains in recording these songs I have written through my life time. It is quite a journey of learning the modern recording processes and in presentation in the recorded medium. The discovery of the differences between performing as a solo artist, and recording the same material is strikingly different. There is a huge potential in recordings that an individual can not achieve outside the studio and finding the aliveness of the music in the studio is seemingly difficult to achieve, at least when the individual is doing every aspect of the process. I am finding success through struggling in the process. The goal remains the same. I wish to capture this music and present it to anyone who wants to hear it, if they are able to find this website that is. That part of it, the actual ability to share this, remains beyond my ability.
This afternoon I've finished a rework of the new song Awaken. It has corrections (rework) of the lead guitar part and a complete stereo remix of the track "Awaken."
That old song "Freaky Fred" has finally gotten a completed recording. I wrote this song with a friend, back in 1975.
Currently, Thomas has dedicated time and energy toward recording, rather than toward performing. Spring may offer opportunity for again performing.
This musical journey continues. The evening of December 17th brought something new and exciting. I pulled the Mandolin out of its case to shift my mind-set from an otherwise undesirable mood. In recent years it is rare that I play the mandolin often, if at all. The mandolin is stored in its case within plain site here in my living-room where I spend my hours of life while inside my home. I had no clear thought of playing anything in particular at the time my hand touched its thinly fitting fretboard. I played a few single notes, then a few more. Actually I was just fooling around, when I stumbled upon this pretty cool melody. After repeating it's structure a few times, the melody took its own direction. The melody seemed very compelling and I became kind of excited about its discovery.
When these kind of events occur, that is when an inspiration takes hold leading to the creation of something new in a musical form, I use a recording device to capture the idea in its raw form as to retain what my own memory too quickly releases. This melody I felt had a quality worthy of capturing, thus I played it enough to retain through the cumbersome time period required to set up the recording equipment. This process is very distracting and can lead to loss of the piece if there are complications with the set up. However, I was successful and captured a rough draft of the melody. While I reviewed the recording, sitting here at the computer, with the mandolin still in hand, I began playing an accompaniment to the original. It too was sounding good to my ear, thus I opened a new track, set up the inputs and recorded it. Again while listening to these tracks, I began playing a harmony to the first melody. Again its sound was appealing to my ear, and again I prepared, and recorded this third track.
Thankfully while in the process of setting up the computer's software for recording, I used the metronome function to establish and hold down a beat. This allows for following up with the additions of computer generated MIDI tracks that if written correctly, perfectly follows this beat. Having done so, I quickly charted out a MIDI bass track to accompany these recordings. The end result is rough and poorly done overall, (my skill level with the mandolin is rough at best) yet it captured the essence of what is now an instrumental piece of music.
During the time since creating this piece of music, I have decided to make a good recording of it. It requires a lot of time to duplicate the intension of that initially attempted, during its origins. Because the two harmonious tracks that now represent the melody are so similar, I have found it near impossible to duplicate them as separate and distinct parts through listening. Thus I have had to make charts to use assisting with this process. Making music charts is unfamiliar territory for me with this Linux based computer system and a separate challenge. I have gone through and refined the original bass MIDI track and added a finger picked guitar track to it also. The result has thus far been positive.
The experience with this piece of music has been very good. This is one of very few times that I have ventured into an instrumental piece. Probably the most important part is working with the mandolin again. I have let its usage diminish over past years and bringing its use back through practice can allow for more use in the future. The process has also stretched my learning with the software, introducing new techniques and a requirement to use additional software, previously unused by me. But the best part is this tune is really a sweet thing to hear.
I look forward to sharing this when it is complete.
I am getting back to work on the site. I have suffered some health issues that took me out of the game temporarily, but I am getting beyond that now, I hope. Again I am working on this website, because there is more to be done. I am getting back to these projects after a summer busy with other things. I shall be continuing with recording projects in order to share the songs with whom ever might want to hear.
1. I wrote a new song on May 7. This evening I wrote up another posting in BaCoNatureMuse.blogspot.com about that writing's event, and the song, including its basic content.
2. I've been working at my abilities with mixing down audio works, attempting to gain a better result. I learn these kinds of things as I go, lacking any formal education in audio production is a limiting factor.