It’s the end of November, Xmas is coming, time for a Summer song to warm up where the hot water bottle can’t reach! Make yourself a nice warm mug of tea, settle down in your favourite chair, and let the warm breeze of late August waft delightfully around you … yes a new song on Soundcloud! (just click on the Blogroll link over on the right-hand-side column)- It’s called ‘yellow guitar’ – hope you like it friends!…..http://soundcloud.com/vincent-burke/yellow-guitar
Ok- I said a song a month so I thought I better get on with it this week!
Recording is fairly new ground, the challenge for me is to make it sound like I’m just playing live, which in a way I am, but it can sound a bit odd once it’s been squeezed through the computer. It’s also easy to get a bit precious trying to play it ‘right’ instead of just playing.
Anyway I’ve done different versions every night this week so I’ll just pick the one I like most!…..
The song on it’s way is my ‘late night on the beach song’ It’s called ‘Yellow Guitar.’
Dead simple -one guitar one voice – and hopefully warm enough to get to you even in November.
Out Noember 30!!!
Great to get back to the White Lion this week – I’d say it was the regular mix of insanely technical brilliance and musical eccentricity alongside popular regulars. Joe Inman was there again this week he plays and writes brilliantly but swears too much and I’m going to tell his Mum.
Starts at 8ish each Monday if you fancy it…
* An earworm is a tune that, for better or for worse gets stuck in your head, something drills into me most days so if you see me looking vague I could be under attack.
Today the earworm was brought on by watching an old Top of the Pops 2 days ago and I can’t shift it. It’s a beautiful song if a bit earnest, I particularly like the ‘Do you remember…’ bit in the middle.
Anyway no more prevarication I confess! ‘When 2 Worlds Drift Apart’- Cliff Richard ….. Check it out!!
So I’ve set up the blog, now I need to figure out how I’m going to write and record.
Here’s what I’ll be using
it’s a pretty simple (I hope) 4- track recorder but it should do the job. I don’t want to get carried away writing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and then realise I can’t play it live; but I do have some bongos and things around the house I may throw in if it helps.
Setting up the The Studio(!)
I’m having to choose my moment, the mic is incredibly sensitive putting on the headphones I can hear cars coming up the road, fireworks, the washing machine spinning downstairs and conversations in the house next door. It also picks up my children bursting in halfway through and asking if its time for tea, so it looks as though I’ll be recording after bedtime.
I wanted to get a nice intimate sound for the vocal so I looked round the house for a nice quiet spot. The loft seems perfect because everywhere else has something noisy plugged in so I get all the gear up the ladder.
To avoid all the echo I’ve built a sort of tent.
This isn’t working it’s still too ‘echoey, which is a shame ‘cos I like it up here, I feel like the guy in ‘Shallow Grave’ -maybe I could drill some holes in the floor and keep an eye on things.
OK – back to the bedroom and still looking for ‘intimacy’ I build myself another little tent.
Structurally it’s not all that sound, and I’m scared of the dark…
bollocks I’ll just sing into the mic and see what happens.
Ps.- Nathaniel and Laurie did enjoy the studio….
Every month until the end of next year I will record and release a new song.
This Blog is here to keep you posted on how that goes and the gigs in between…
The Link to music on Soundcloud is over there on the right in ‘Blogroll’…
and the gigs are in the big ugly calender near the bottom on the right.