Let the Bass Player Have Some

Is this prog funk? Acid jazz? I can’t tell what it is, but it’s something The Vanilla Duchesne is playing around with in the studio. I think it might need woodwinds.

I’m Bringing Back The Clap!

Here’s another audio preview from the Vanilla Duchesne sessions. This is from a segment I’m working on for the song “Action Pants”. Note the strategic use of hand clapping, so situated to inspire enthusiasm and exuberance in the listener: Continue reading “I’m Bringing Back The Clap!”

Put On Your Action Pants

As it turns out, writing funk and soul does indeed come a lot more naturally to me than the rock. This week I’m recording the song “Action Pants,” for The Vanilla Duchesne’s “Redemption!” LP. Here’s a very brief sneak peek: Continue reading “Put On Your Action Pants”

How Country Rap Is Pushing Me Toward Enlightenment

The smug glee I used to feel when people put their foolish beliefs and illogical viewpoints on display is mostly gone. So, also, is the desire to make people look more foolish than they do themselves. Life is much lighter this way. Continue reading “How Country Rap Is Pushing Me Toward Enlightenment”

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Vanilla Duchesne!

If I learned anything from the restaurant industry, it’s this: When you don’t have any paying customers, you’d better change up your menu.

I’ve always said that food and music are pretty much the same thing to me, and this website is basically an independent music business. Let me tell you, no one’s been lining up to buy my Indie Space Rock Sandwich. It occurred to me that I should consider bringing the Funky Cheeseburger back, and putting it front and center on the menu of musical concerns. Continue reading “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Vanilla Duchesne!”