August 30, 2012

Say Hello to "Honey"

A couple posts previous to this, I showed you my new banjo. Well, here she is again after some customization. Gave her a tattoo and a homemade, braided hemp strap. I've decided to call her Honey. Ain't she a pretty skin-bellied lute?

New Song - Rough Draft 2

Alright. Here's a small update on the new song I'm working on: the second verse has been revised. I couldn't really get into the first draft of it, so I made some changes. The song still has no chorus or definite structure, but y'know, every bit of progress is neat to share. Let me know if you like it better. Thanks!

August 28, 2012

I Got a Banjo!

This past weekend my wife and I went to Portland to see the Avett Brothers at Edgefield Amphitheater--and I ended up getting a banjo at Trade Up Music! It's a basic entry-level, 5-string Fender--nothing fancy--but it was set up pretty well by the guys at the music shop, so it's pretty comfy and playable. It's just what I'll need for basic songwriting and recording. Can't wait to take it to the studio!

Photo by Hailey Roberts

August 15, 2012

New Song - Rough Draft

This is a rough draft of a brand new song. I've been tapping away at it for most of the summer, and it's just now getting to the point where I'm comfortable sharing it. It doesn't have lyrics for the chorus yet, so in this recording I just fill the space with vocalization. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

My brother told me all about the white pine blister rust
and he said the bark beetle's bite hurts like hell.
Well, I'm just as tall and I'm just as rough
and any chance I stood sat down when he fell.
So I count the witches brooms and the bloody needle tips
and the sum comes up at the end of each damn day,
but my mama told me once, with time between her lips,
that everything is nothing but change.


I don't like the way it sounds and I hate the way it tastes
but when the words roll off my tongue I know they're true:
"There is beauty in what is brief and even more in what we waste"
Why else would it hurt so bad to gain and lose?
When it's my time to fall, to bleed, and to break
I only ask of you this one simple thing:
don't say it was enough or that I've gone to a better place
just pour beauty from your eyes and let it sing.


August 3, 2012

Studio Results - Linguis Faveamus

Hello, all. I'm excited to share the partially-completed recording of Linguis Faveamus! I went into the studio a few days ago, sat down to record it, and realized that I was NOT impressed with the incompleteness of the middle portion. So, after a little bit of thought, I added some lyrics--and I'm pretty happy with the result. Additionally, I tried a new method while recording the guitar; the song starts out with one guitar and then splits into two as the song picks up pace. Basically, both guitar tracks are the same, but with very subtle variations between them. Nothing too obvious, just some added notes here and there to build a bit of complexity. (It's more noticeable with headphones.) More will be added later, but here's what I've got so far. Enjoy!

I wish that all this love could flow right out of me and gather in your eyes where you could cry it
and I'd hold onto you just like you'd hold on to me and it'd soak into my shirt and we'd get quiet.

A silence would fill the air and we would breathe it in and the two-tone perspective-ness would vanish
but as it is right now I don't think that will ever be, and the frustration is so I barely stand it.

So to reverse all the ruckus I sit here and I write, hoping all these sensations will soon fade
but the more I pen, the more I feel I've set it down in stone and the wish that I recite takes on a cold weight.

I wish that all this love could flow right out of me and gather in your eyes where you could cry it
and I'd hold on to you just like you'd hold on to me and it'd soak into my shirt and we'd get quiet.