Single 3: SECOND
I’d like to first say that the cover of this is exceptionally adorable. My cat, Capo, sleeping with his head on my pillow. He’s fat and soft and I want to smoosh my face into him whenever I see him.
But anyway - these songs are mostly related to in some way my friend Chris (dondemedesmaye.bandcamp.com). The first track, “Second Fiddle” was named after a ujournal account I had (…I know…), given that name because it was going to be mostly music related and how I felt about myself in comparison to him and his music. This was in 2005 or 2006, mind you, and I was incredibly emotional and sad. And though he was one of the first people to inspire me to make music (among many others) I also felt that my music was really bad next to his. And so I recorded a song while obsessing over those feelings.
The second track is named after his old AIM name. At the time he was making music as The Vaqueros and it was all very very good, in my opinion. The inspiration for this song was a song, the title of which escapes me. It had piano and a loop and a sick beat. I basically tried to emulate that, but hadn’t figured out beats, hence the lack of one in the song. I still struggle with beats.
The last song, “Touch Just Like Hers”, is the song I wrote for Chris when I was writing songs for people. Like Mattie’s song in the second single, he didn’t ask me to write it (I think only 1 person ever asked me to write a song for them), but I did anyway. I don’t remember what I was saying in it, but my voice through a vocoder setting on my synthesizer and fiddling with delay again - that’s how I made it.
Much like the first single and unlike the second, these songs were all written around the same time and maybe fit better together. They sound like they came from the same time to me. But I don’t know. What do you think?
Please enjoy. Please share if you’d like. Please. <3
Single 3: SECOND
Someone on twitter shared a buzzfeed list of the 100 best Simpson’s quotes with Maine newsanchor, Pat Callaghan. Because I follow him, I became aware of this list. I cherry-picked the nine quotes that I feel most represents who I am as a person as of late from the original 100.
For some reason tumblr isn’t letting me choose the orientation I want the pictures in. Don’t read into the different sizes.
I’m listening to one of many versions of new album/EP I have concocted with the new songs I’ve written and recorded this and last year. I’m excited to finish (though it will be a long way off). Right now the more pressing matters are visiting campuses for PhDs (TAMU, here I come!), going to a conference and presenting, formatting my thesis into the grad college’s template, and defending my thesis.
I can’t wait to graduate. I can’t wait to live somewhere else. I have seen what I need to of Oklahoma.
I’ll come up with some original stuff soon. Just feeling like a reblog-head right now.
Single 2: LEAVES
This one is a little rough around the edges. Two of these songs were first/early attempts at trying to do something I learned how to do better.
The first, “The Night the Leaves Fell Off the Trees” was, believe it or not, an attempt at doing something ambient and soothing. That was the goal. And if I had slowed everything down and maybe composed a melody or something I would have achieved that goal. But I was not confident in my ability to do so and was at a particularly prolific (read careless) time in making music. More of a rough sketch of a bigger idea, but somewhere along the way I came to like the song for other reasons, and liked it enough to keep it around.
The second song, “Blue Rust”, was fun to make. I was without a lot of the recording equipment I have now and my means did not really match up with my aspirations (and do they ever, for anyone really?). I had taken to recording things using my laptop’s built-in microphone and messing around, more or less, with the resulting sounds. I basically created sound collages and pseudo rhythmic experiments with them. This particular song was the first time I successfully used the “change pitch” effect in Audacity to create a sort of chord progression using the same original sound. I later made better use of that method on a song called “Icarus” (which I like very much). And it was just fun to cut up the whistling and move the parts all around and make a new weird melody out of a standard, straight-forward one.
The last song is weirdly named, and of course comes with a story. I wrote it before the other two using Garageband. I went through a period of writing individual songs for people specifically (a few more will crop up in following late singles). This one was for my friend Mattie. The title, “The opposite of fear and the opposite of loathing…” is not necessarily very Mattie - she wasn’t huge into opposite things or whatever. I think I named it after hearing her talk about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And for some reason it’s named the opposite of everything “in the opposite of Los Angeles,” but I really don’t know why. It should have been “Las Vegas”. But whatever, it has the name it has. Anyway, all of the manipulation was done within Garageband live while being recorded. I shifted the delay values (my FAVORITE thing to do) in Garageband and recorded it onto my four-track.
Let me know if you need anything. Let me know what you think. <3