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First Album

Log entries pertaining to my first album, tentatively titled Burn It, a concept album that ponders how to change the world.

19 March,

I used to have a weird-but-catchy song called Pink Pick. I even performed it once. However like most of my songs it wasn’t finished, particularly the lyrics. Weird is fine with me but they were also a bit formulaic, which clashed quite a bit with the guitar that kept changing its form.

So I ripped it into bits, rewrote nearly all the lyrics including the chorus. And thus Burn It (or burned, I’m not quite done yet) was born.

Now Burn It is getting flushed out and given a bass part and drums, etc, so it can appear on my album. I’ve been fighting with the drums, particularly how they work in the bridge near the end of the song. Nice rock drum kits that work in the verse and chorus can’t hold up the bridge. Not even a harp helps.

The breakthrough was using some beats a bit more house than rock. Check it out.

19 March,

I’ve been playing around with the first track on the album, You Broke the Rules, and I’m generally not happy with the intro, especially since it begins the entire album. This is the song I’ve been playing around with the most lately.

Currently it’s a double bass that leads into the guitar (acoustic with a touch of distorted electric behind it) then come the drums, vocals etc. Last night I decided the guitar part – the guitar part I’ve been playing for years – might be what feels wrong so I started to play around with other sounds. When I tried a harp it felt like a breakthrough. Of course, late at night all kinds of things sound good that aren’t but even now I’m not sure this is a mistake.

For your amusement, here is about 3 seconds of the harp with the distorted guitar behind it: harp clip.