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/


1 Response to “Rejection Letter”

  1. 1 Chuck m
    December 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hey Wes… Been listening to you from a distance and have really enjoyed your music. So glad you have followed your dreams. That is not always easy so Im really glad you have a strong support base. I know I’ve not seen you in a while but wanted you to know I’m a fan… An old fart fan. Hey that could be a song title.

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