Archive for December, 2014

29
Dec
14

Rejection Letter

Rejection Letter EP

If you’ve ever applied to anything you’ve probably gotten a rejection letter at least once in your life. If you’re any kind of artist then you might have received numerous ones, I know I have. Why am I making this statement? I had the opportunity to spend the holidays with family and friends in Nashville TN the past 10 days. While there, I booked a day at Dogden Studios with Bill McDermott, who recorded my last album “Transmigration.” I had four acoustic songs ready to record and ended up tracking them all in about 2 hours. Everyone has their own philosophy/theory on recording. For this EP(extended play) I wanted it to feel intimate and raw, so I limited myself to only two takes on each song and kept whatever I got on the second, mistakes and all. I’ve also limited the instrumentation to just acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica. I decided to title this acoustic EP as “Rejection Letter EP,” simply because it’s an intriguing title and the songs feel like B sides. While I believe a (EP or LP)recording should be and is different from a performance, I tend to lean toward performance when recording, because it has to translate to the stage. If you’re new to this blog, I’m making these statements as a solo singer/songwriter so I don’t expect this to all translate to a band, as I know bands have different obstacles with recording. Everyone is different and should be, I’m not trying to give out this information to say, “hey listen to my new raw, intimate acoustic EP that I recorded in two hours because I’m a badass,” although I did just say that. I guess I just want musicians to not be afraid to keep a mistake, because when I listen to music that’s what I’m listening for, a happy mistake, because I wanna know that we’re all flawed as I sing along to a song or have a riff rip my head off. We have the luxury now with recording to fix everything, easily, when back in the olden days, you had one mic in the center of the room and kept whatever take was best and that was it, which is why I think those recordings are the best, because they have a raw feel to them and you can hear the room vibes. I love everything I’ve ever heard recorded at Sun Records and that’s because they recorded that way. I could keep yapping away about 1950s style recordings, but the truth is I’m not recording to vinyl or tape. I’d love to be, but I’m using modern technology to attempt to get that 1950s feel. Did I accomplish that? Probably not even close. Regardless, I’m still releasing this little EP on New Years day, as it’s my way of kicking off the year with something and I hope to keep the momentum flowing throughout. Here’s to 2014 and looking forward and hopeful to 2015. Cheers.

P.S. The Rejection Letter EP will be released solely via https://wessp8.bandcamp.com/

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16
Dec
14

I come from the dirty south/A reflection of the year two thousand and fourteen

photo by Mary Helen Angerman

photo by Mary Helen Angerman

When the end of the year begins creeping up, I begin to feel the remorse set in from the things I didn’t accomplish. These “things,” could be goals I set out for myself or just hopes and aspirations I had. I always want more and yeah I can say I’ve done some things this year I’m proud of, I could make a list and pat myself on the back. Instead I yearn for the new year, a year where I can start fresh and say, these are the things I want to make my life meaningful, fun and to feel like I’m living this short life to the fullest. Have you heard these words before? Yeah you probably have and yeah I pretty much go through the same thing every year, which there will be times when I forget my statement here. I want more out of life, I want to stop being lazy and to start squeezing everything out of this time I have on our deteriorating earth. In hindsight, I’ve had a great year, I have great, supportive friends and family who encourage me to do the one thing I’m sorta good at and I live in the most beautiful state in the United States of America.  To wrap up this rant, I went into my little studio yesterday and recorded this song titled, “I come from the dirty south.” The south will always hold some amount of endearment to me and there are a lot of great things about that region, but as you hear the lyrics you’ll also notice some other feelings I have about that region, being that I lived in it the majority of my life, though it’s not written from my own perspective, it’s written from the close minded conservative southerners.  I had a long conversation recently with CJ Kinton and during that conversation she uttered the words “Reduction to the essence.” Those words struck a chord with me and as I begin to acquire a quantum of new songs for another album, I feel those words fit into the mold that I am currently writing. Therefore, “Reduction to the essence” will be the title to my new album in 2015. Here is the link to the unmastered version of “I come from the dirty south,” I recorded yesterday.