Behind the Scenes (Album): Part 7

If you don’t know what I’m talking about on this blog then read the previous parts in this series and go here.

Okay.  Feeling good.  So far I’ve gotten two more songs written, recorded and added to the bandcamp site.  Those are “Okay to Disconnect” and “Different Sentimental Moments of Life”.  The latter was supposed to be more of a joke song but it ended up kind of sad.  Well, maybe.  I can see people not getting the joke and being moved emotionally.  I guess I’ll have to deal with that when it happens..

I wrote “Okay to Disconnect” yesterday but I was feeling iffy about the chords and lyrics.  It didn’t feel like it was working for some reason.  I liked the parts but the whole wasn’t coming together.  So I decided to sleep on it and this morning it sounded fine.  I don’t know if you can tell how unsure I was feeling in the recording.  Hope nobody can tell..

Right now I think this is a more interesting record than the last couple (No Cussing and Artyfacts).  It might just be because all the songs are still new but that’s what I’m thinking right now.  I’ve been listening back to them and I think what strikes me the most is how different the tones of the songs are from each other.  I may have already mentioned it.  Some of the songs are tongue in cheek to the point where it’s hard to even tell and some are so sincere that it almost seems wrong to follow them with sillier songs.  I was thinking a few days ago that the different styles might be a problem but now I’m starting to think that it just makes it more fun to listen to.  Hopefully the variety of styles will end up complimenting each other.

Doing this experiment has made me more aware of how I write.  I do think that my momentary moods have a lot to do with how the songs end up.  And sometimes it feels like I’m just waiting to get in the right mood to write each song.  And I can title the songs beforehand but I can’t predict how they’re gonna come out.  It reminds me of when people make movies.  They have a script with all the dialogue and they know what’s supposed to happen but the actual feel of a scene might change from take to take.  So they just hope they can get it right on the day they’re shooting.  I think of recording like that.  It’s a lot of getting prepared and having the song as fresh on my mind as I can get it.  And then I just sing a few takes until it get’s pretty good.  I don’t over record.  I used to under record probably.  Now I just keep trying until it sounds right and that usually takes me between 3 and 6 tries.  It would probably be good to try to get 3 solid takes so I’d have some options but I usually don’t care what a take sounds like as long as I got the words mostly right.  And sometimes I get those wrong too.  I think I just try to record as quickly as I can.  I like getting through recordings in a short amount of time.  And I don’t know if that’s the best way to do it, it’s just the way I do it.

And that’s another thing.  I’ll say this to add to the behind the scenes theme of this record:  Recording is always different.  Every session is different.  And artists might have similar recording techniques and recording styles but there are a bunch of different ways to get to the final thing.  And that’s a fun part of it to me.  The recording process can be a very creative time.  There are always surprises that happen.  And you have to learn to adapt and roll with the unpredictable variables.  It makes it a challenge but it also makes it exciting when you figure out a way to make a song sound extra cool.  Many songs find a life in the recording process.  And there’s not much that’s more exciting than that (in my geeky opinion).

I’m not totally sure what my plan is from here on out.  I’ve only got 4 songs left so this could be over pretty soon.  I’m staring down the final titles and wondering how they’ll wind up.  As of right now I have no clue.  And I don’t know if I’ll get them done later today or if it’ll be later in the week.  I’m not in a huge hurry but if they come I’ll try to get them posted quickly.

Also, I don’t know what I’m going to do with this when it’s done.  I might leave it as a free download on bandcamp.  I won’t have to change that.  I’m thinking that I won’t get many sold if I charge for it (mostly because I’ve got 8 other records on that site and NONE have been bought yet).  Gosh, I used to think I was gonna make money with this career.  The day I accepted that that probably wasn’t gonna happen was a very peaceful day.

I’m rich in songs even I never get rich from the songs.

Or make 10 dollars.

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