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”

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!”

Brooke (demo)

I can’t remember if I put this in the member download section or not, but I’m certain I haven’t shared it in the blog feed. I wrote “Brooke” in 1998. This recording took place the following year at the newer location of Cicero’s in the University City Loop. I did a short set at an installment of the Third Lip Cabaret show with my old Happy Mutants band mate Chris Richardson on guitar (beautiful as always, Chris). I’m still trying to locate the recording of the whole set. It’s got to be in my hard drive somewhere.

So, here I am, doing my best Bob Seger:

This one’s getting worked up and revitalized for the Lemonade album, which members will be able to download free as part of their subscription. Aside from one song (“I Come From The Mountain”), I’m working on a completely different set of songs than the playlist of demos I posted back in November. Things change. People change. Reasons change. And I have many more songs waiting to be properly recorded than I realized.