Temper Stroking Myself

Temper Stroking Myself

Over the past few weeks I have been working on a couple of different songs.

Some were complete.  Some had all the tracks I thought I needed less any vocal tracks.  Some were just basic rhythm tracks that needed more instrument tracks plus I needed to come up with some lyrics and a melody.

So I got into the habit of listening to my own stuff while traveling back and forth to work or just traveling around town.  I was even listening to my own stuff when I was lying in bed falling asleep.

Usually those listening times are when I just put my iTunes in shuffle mode and listen to whatever comes up next.  But for almost two weeks all I was listening to was my work.  I was critiquing what I did, trying to determine if it needed more tracks and trying to come up with a melody. Continue reading

You Need New Head

You Need New Head

This is just a quick piece on home recording, but I guess it really covers anywhere you’re recording drums.  This is something that I was aware of and through doing reinforced my belief.

I watched a video on Lyndia.com (a site I recommend if you want to improve yourself and your skills). The video was on recording drums.

They talked about the basics such as mic placement, tuning, etc. The person they were interviewing was a prominent drum tech from Los Angeles.  He comes into the studio with just about any type of drum kit you can imagine.  He not only rents the kit of your choice for the session but he sets it up and tweaks it so it’s just right.

One of the subjects he discussed  was drum heads and that at a minimum, every day at the start of every session he installs brand new heads on all the drums. Continue reading

If It’s Not Serving, It Needs To Go

If It’s Not Serving, It Needs To Go

Here’s another recording lesson I learned or maybe it’s more like an affirmation of something I already knew.

I was writing a song based on a really cool drumbeat that I like to play.   As I am coming up with the bass lines and other rhythm parts this drumbeat is going through my head.  I’m thinking this will sound cool.

I lay down the bass, and keyboard parts.  I get the arrangement down and now I’m really excited to give this a try with my cool drumbeat.  I go to my electronic kit to start rehearsing and learning the drum parts. Continue reading

Maintaining My Habits

Maintaining My Habits

This may be a short post today but at least I am writing.  I am maintaining my habit.

As I was driving to work I thought about how many weeks it has been since I’ve written some poetry.

I have been keeping myself in the habit of writing these posts on a daily basis after I had stepped away from doing it for a few weeks. I have my daily drum practice habit and I have developed a song writing habit. Continue reading

Band Back-Burnered

Band Back-Burnered

The thought of looking for a band has really been put on the back burner.  Right now I’m spending a lot of time working with and learning about recording.

The other day I was contacted by a local band with booked gigs and they were looking for a drummer.

At first that old instinct kicked in, that instinct to just say yes because it’s a band with some gigs, a working band. Continue reading

Do For Doing’s Sake

Do For Doing’s Sake

Here are some more thoughts about writing for writing’s sake. (They Can’t All Be Gems)

This basic principle applies across all endeavors of life.

When I practice my drums I don’t have a reason for doing it other than I want to improve. I want to be the best that I can be.

I’m not going downstairs and sitting at my kit every day because I have a list of songs I need to learn for a band or an audition.  I’m not doing it because I have some session work lined up.  At this point I don’t have anything on the horizon.

I do it just for the sake of doing it.  I do it to improve at what I love to do. Continue reading

Joy Of My Toil (Emptiness Of Vanity)

Joy Of My Toil (Emptiness Of Vanity)

I wanted to write about my experience with the joy of my toil and the emptiness of vanity.

This happened over a three day holiday weekend.

My wife had gotten caught up in some family matters and was busy over this weekend.  I had two songs that I had started to work on.  With my wife being busy I was free to work (toil) at what I love to do.

For two straight days my wife had to get up early and be gone most of the day.  When I got up each day I was very excited about what I was going to do.

I would eat my breakfast, work on this blog and then take care of any other general household things I had to do.  Then I would head downstairs to my home studio. Continue reading