Alien Abduction!

I was just in the mood to make a space-nightmare themed song. Here it is.

I know a guy with 8 thumbs who's having steak for dinner tonight.

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A Tale of Two Wars and Peace

This one is political. Sorry. I feel that this video speaks volumes about the ineptitude of the leaders of a major American political party (there are only two). Everything from the customary Ronald Regan idolization, to the hilarious misunderstanding of the original question, and finishing with Michael Steele’s shockingly ingenuous answer which struck me as reminiscent to this modern day “Let them eat cake” statement. Although these clips evoke contemptuous chuckles, the truth is they also arouse a very deep fear that I have…basically, that the country is on the fast track to hell. Or at least this.

Defending the American political process has been increasingly difficult to do. I’m creeping towards the realization that more and more people in the country are having a hard time with it as well and are becoming not only dispirited but also disenfranchised. Due to the now overwhelming ability for the two parties to be heavily financed by big business, people (i.e. the vast majority of people, 98% of the population) don’t have the ability to finance the parties/lobbies that would speak on their behalf. So we’re left with a plethora of toxic lobbys and one party that has to move increasingly away from its core values of affordable health care, energy independence, national security, domestic employment, education affordability, retirement protection, fiscal responsibility and environmental protection, just to appease the other party that is completely.fucking.nuts. They believe in limited government, but what does that really mean? They want “limited government”, yet want a strong but mindbendingly expensive, federally-funded national defence. They want “individual liberty”, but not for pregnant women, homosexuals, marijuana smokers or anyone that looks Mexican living in Arizona. They want Americans to have “personal responsibility”. The poor deserve to be born poor I guess. Scary, because the choices that our leaders make carry with them a weighted influence that can not be contained within the country’s borders, like decisions that affect the earth’s warming climate which some still question as even existing.

Living outside the country for over seven years has given me a better, 3rd person view of how regressive politics in the states are not only shaping and affecting its own citizens, but the populations of the world; animal and otherwise. While living in a country that demands that you have insurance and offers a low cost alternative for those who have a hard time paying for it, one that doesn’t go to war(s) to defend “freedom” and one that offers its voting populous a choice that’s not between bat-shit-crazy and at-least-we’re-not-bat-shit-crazy, it’s easy for me to see a parallel between two wars… and this.

But what really fries my grits is saying that Tolstoy wrote your favorite book, and then immediately demonstrating that you don’t know Tolstoy from Dickens. It’s almost as idiotic as saying that your favorite method of reducing the deficit is to cut taxes for rich people, especially the dead ones with large estates. I guess as long as incompetent voters can keep their guns to stem the inevitable zombie-muslim rebellion of the same-sex-married undead, nothing else matters.

Death to supernaturally animated non-christian liberals!

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Minimoog

Kudos to Ekkehard Von Der Waydbrink for getting the closest to the correct number of tracks on the previous song. He guessed 18. The correct answer was 27. Come on over and collect your million dollar prize. Or I’ll just bring it over someday. I’ll let you know when I’m on my way. Please have a stollen waiting for me.

I’m currently working on a song that is taking longer than a single week to work out, so for this week, I’ve posted a song that took me 5 minutes to record (if that). I used one single instrument (check out the beast below) on one single track. I’ll have a much more thought out and interesting arrangement in a week’s time. Stay tuned.

Synthesis type Analog Subtractive Filter 24dB/oct, 4-pole lowpass filter with cutoff, resonance, ADS envelope generator, keyboard tracking Attenuator ADS envelope generator....whatever that means!

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Either That Wallpaper Goes, or I Do

The fifth song has made it. This one comes with a guess-how-many-tracks-are-on-this-one game. The person who gets closest to the correct number, without going over, gets an honorable mention in the next post…and one million dollars. That’s right; we’re playing with The Price is Right rules. Be careful; I’m telling you now, there’s more than one violin track. Come on down!

Note: The title of the song was this man’s dying words. What a card.

"I had a thing against tacky wallpaper." -OW, 1900

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Nick Stokes the fire in the (Stephen) Glen(non)

The fourth song is up. Both Nick Stokes and Stephen Glennon won the “Name-a-Song” contest due to uncertainty in the time of their posts. Therefore the name of their song is this one. It’s a slow, hip-shakin’ dance-ditty. One that you could cruise the streets of a large metropolitan area to. It’s also one that I can imagine Nick and Stephen dancing with each other to. That makes a beautiful picture in my head. Since I believe I’m the only person in the world who has the pleasure of knowing both of these individuals, it’s a beautiful picture that only I can see. Dance on, young men. Dance on.

Note (1): Both hyperlinks direct you to people that are neither Nick Stokes (at least not this Nick Stokes) nor Stephen Glennon.

Note (2): This is not the picture that I have in my head. Not even close:

Just two fellas dancing it out in a battle for supremacy

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John Coffey Ma’am (Like the drink, only not spelled the same)

Here’s the tertiary song. There are some sounds that you may hear that are caused by my oily hands moving across the back of the neck. My acoustic guitar is, well, an acoustic guitar, so I have to put the mic really close to the strings. Some sounds get in there because of that, but I think they add to the raw naturalness of the song. I’ve diffused them with some cathedral-like reverb which I would have put in regardless, but you may still hear some mousey squeaks here and there. Enjoy with cheese.

(Trivia Question: with Prize) First person to say which movie the title of this song is taken from gets the next song named after them.

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Car Commercial

Merry Christmas! I know I’m posting the second song a bit early, but it wasn’t recorded in my attic so I’m not exactly breaking the rules here. This song reminds me of a car commercial, so I named it that. It also reminds me of a fight scene in a movie or in some sort of new version of a Double Dragon video game (the whole game is a fight scene in case you’ve never played it). I didn’t name it after either of those things.

note: Matt Walthall provides the ultra-echoey guitar. He is awesome.

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Fast Blues

Here’s the first week’s song. It’s pretty guitar heavy with microKORG backings (bass line/early 90’s hip hop solo during last verse). I like the microKORG a lot. You may notice that in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

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This is me

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