Music · Songs

Say It (backyard demo)

Whereas I liked to play around with the guitar parts and sometimes the drums, Erin thought our songs would be “better” if they had “words” and “structure”.

Hmm, I think she might be right. 🤔

After playing around around with Pointe West for a while, Erin asked for a stripped down version. We got together in her back yard, and Erin brought it home with the perfect vocals. 🤩

We still need to record a true version of this song, hopefully in the style of Pointe West!

Music · Songs

The Sad Moon Above (barking dog demo)

Here is the official first “demo” cut of The Sad Moon Above.

This song was recorded on Erin’s back porch due to the raging pandemic situation. You can just barely hear the song over the metronome and the neighbor’s barking dog.

Erin and I had worked on this for a few while before this recording. She wrote some lyrics (“It took me five minutes.”), and I put some chords behind it and added a melody (“It took me 5 hours. 🤷🏻‍♂️”).

🎶 Erin wrote the lyrics, and I added, “Your heart breaks, your heart breaks, and so do you…” to the chorus.

Making this song was my first chance to exercise a new-fangled awareness of diatonic chords (here in the key of C). It was super hard, but I was happy with the results, especially the chorus.

🎶 I came up with the music, and Erin pushed the vocals over the top with a few tweaks around the chorus.

Erin was also “instrumental” (so to speak) in making sure we had a nice slow metronome so I couldn’t rush through the song on guitar. ⏱

Music · The World

New York, New York 🎶

Here’s a great tribute to New York City as it suffers through the coronavirus.

We are tough but we are tender, and we fucking love our city though it feels impossible sometimes.

Also, as a musician, it was encouraging to hear her say “This took me a whole day to learn.” 🤷🏻‍♂️

Music · Songs

Point West (instrumental demo)

I had been playing around for a while with this bit on my acoustic guitar. It came to me naturally while I was strumming. I liked the way the chords and the timing felt.

The song reminded me of the ocean, so I started calling it “Beyond the Sea”. Then after a stay at Pointe West Resort on Galveston Island, I renamed it to “Pointe West” because the vibe matched. The guitar was probably inspired by Gordon Calcotte’s version of Galveston in the first place.

Erin and I practiced this on drums (Erin) and guitar (me) for a few hours at her house, although I can’t find a recording that session here.

I ended up recording a very Gordon Calcotte, beachy take on the song using GarageBand on my iPad. It’s just the first verse and chorus, and no vocals. But it’s basically how I wanted the song to sound and proof that I could make it happen.

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I’m stepping into 2020 with a fresh “beginners” mindset. This view reminds me of a song by M Ward: When you’re absolute beginners It’s a panoramic view From her majesty Mount Zion And the kingdom is for you Uh huh, uh huh – For Beginners #music #lyrics #newyear #newyear2020 #mountbonnell #austin #texas #atx #river via Instagram