You haven’t loved until you’ve loved a dog, and I sure love my Syren. She’s been deteriorating steadily, and a merciful end is nigh. I haven’t seen much of Syren at all since breaking up with the girlfriend she’s attached to, but I have thought about her constantly. She was a source of pure light in my life for five years, and probably my best friend.
I don’t always write pretty songs for piano and voice, but when I do, I like to let you in on the process. I started this one just the other day, so the piano part is just basic chords and a few tinkles so far. I swear that I can hit that last note. I just forgot to take a breath.
The other music is still happening. I’m just playing around with all kinds of stuff to see what people like. I can reach out all I want, but if I don’t touch anyone, the exercise is pointless. I’m think the timeless piano-and-voice format has a decent chance of reaching more people, and it also allows me to use what I consider to be “my voice”.
I haven’t tried writing much of this stuff, but a lot of my older rock songs can be arranged for piano without too much trouble. I’m sure they’ll get more mileage that way. Let’s face it: The potential audience for rock music is not what it used to be. I say that with a tear in my eye, because I do love to rock. But producing music is about your pleasure, not mine. In the words of the late, great Denise LaSalle, your pleasure is my business.
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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.
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”