|Mark tends to stomp when he plays.|
This is a problem with open mic's in the room,
so, one needs to be resourceful with solutions.
January 11th, a Saturday, came, and Mark showed up bearing coffee and donuts (and blackberry brandy, which he claims enables him to sing anything at any time of day, which appears to be true) and I threw a chord progression at him. In about twenty minutes, we had the backbone of a pretty good song.
My wife popped her head into the studio: "If you guys don't get together and do this one a month, I will kill you." (This meant, in Karenese, that she was pleased with what she had heard.)
Well, that settled that; I think she was serious. But we took Karen's lethal threat so seriously, Mark and I started getting together every weekend, almost -- if only for two or three hours at a time. Sometimes, between kids' activities (Mark coaches; we both have kids) and sometimes even after late nights playing in clubs, for both of us.
(Weird, how I can get up early the night after playing if it is for music...)
Well, we worked on our first tune from January 11th through March 30th: writing, recording, texting, mixing, re-recording, texting, re-mixing... (A transcript of those texts would be good reading.)
I said, in the post about our first collaboration (the first since, like, 1988) that Mark and I have similar tastes in music: we both love complicated progressive and instrumental stuff and we both love a good, melodic pop/rock song, too. So it might not be a surprise that this is both ambitious and...what?...catchy? We may actually have invented the genre of progressive pop/rock, the way I see it.
|Mark with the singer's panacea: blackberry brandy.|
The process for this one involves a lot of planning and quite a few happy accidents, as it usually does for us. But this one is really quite a complicated track. As I said to Mark, it felt a lot like opening the door of a stuffed closet -- things tumbled out all over the place. I hope, at any rate, we cleaned up the mess well, in the end. We do intend to simplify for some of the subsequent songs (and maybe take less than three months on each), but this was a blast to sculpt into shape.
This is the first track on the full CD that is to come. There. I have put it in writing, so now we have a promise to keep. (Or, depending on what you think of the music, a threat to carry out.) (For those in the know: this is a straight mix from my studio; no mastering until the CD stage.) You will also hear, in the introduction, the voice of the acclaimed Italian tenor, Enzo DiFettucini. We were lucky to get him for the project.
Mark played guitars and bass and did the vocals; I played drums and keys and we co-wrote music and lyrics. Hope you dig. You will need approximately 6:49 of free time and some loudish speakers or headphones. I give you, "Waking the Sun":