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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Howdy Race Fans...

We're still busy in our FP Cave working out fresh new tunes for the masses. Probably one or two songs left for us to sort out and finish in pre-production and then we'll start recording all of the new songs collectively. No promises on release dates. We do have one song 'Getting Away' that we're nibbling away at as far as the tracking goes and then I'll go ahead and mix it and get it mastered and then we'll release ahead of the remaining songs we're working on. Thankfully (in a way) I've had a temporary lull in freelance work and so the schedule has been a bit better for getting FP stuff worked on. There's an old phrase that says "the cobbler's children have no shoes..." and historically that seems to be the case with FP's music. Sigh. So it's been a breath of fresh air having some brain/time/creativity in the gas tank for FP. Thankfully the guys in the band are all patient.  :-)

A few items of Blogger maintenance: We've added an FP Instagram Feed on our main page here to offer more frequent content. Pics are always a welcome addition to any news feed yes? BTW those Instagram pics automatically post to our FP FaceBook Page, our Twitter feed, and our Flickr stream in case anyone would rather keep an eye on those social sites. I also changed our main FP logo header pic so it won't look grainy on some browsers. And I updated our sidebar SoundCloud player so that it works as it should again. Apparently SoundCloud changed some of the coding in their players and our previous player went out of date. So I got the proverbial weeds pulled out of the garden and planted a new flower bed as well. Lovely. If anyone drives by and notices something askew please send us a PM in the comments links and we'll do a better job of taking care of things. Honestly this blog serves as a 'summer home' as it were and we don't check in on it as much as we should. The place can get shabby quick.

So that's all for now. Need to head back to the cave and get some more work done...

Thanks for stopping by...

~ Todd

Thursday, October 1, 2015

FP Update: 10.01.2015

Howdy Howdy...

Here's the latest:

1) 'Antebellum': We now have a full band rough demo of our song 'Antebellum' recorded. We've struggled with this one for quite a while as we had to work around certain specific melodic phrases, riffs, etc that were integral to the song. Sometimes when writing songs we'll start with a bunch of random riffs or bits that just happen naturally as we play off of each other's ideas at band practice. From there we'll often change/mutate things as needed to make everything flow better and to make room for everyone's ideas. But with 'Antebellum' we realized that some elements of the song shouldn't be changed or modified from their original forms and so we somewhat tied our own hands and made ourselves revolve around certain parts accordingly. Tricky business. We did try a few times to modify our original 'keeper ideas' but to no avail. In the end it meant we just had to do a lot of 'trial and error' until things seemed 'right' as a whole. In other words we had to work for this one a bit more than usual. And that ate up a lot of time along the way. No biggie though. Glad we figured it out and that everything is cohesive and awesome. Some details won't need to be finalized until we go in and start tracking our parts for real, but for now we have a good map in front of us. Next Step: Record a better 'pre-production' version of everything to see if there are any more gremlins to deal with before we commit to actual recording sessions. Feels good to have the gist of the entire song figured out and moving forward...



2) 'Five Stitches': We are moving along quite nicely on this one as well. It's going to be a fun narrative sort of thing, quirky and eclectic, and a real head scratcher for any music theory armchair refs out there. You know you have great ideas happening whenever you are combining certain notes and phrasing combinations that should be incompatible from a music theory point of view and yet they sound very 'right' in context of the song. Some things can be dissonant and yet completely listenable at the same time which in a way is major accomplishment from a songwriting standpoint. Last night at our practice we even tried realigning certain notes/parts to be 'more compatible' key-wise but ended up likely the original weird mismatches so much more. The instrumentation interplay is going to be incredible on this one...



3) And speaking of stitches, Matt injured one of his thumbs quite badly helping his wife cut some cardboard and styrofoam for one of her cake projects. He filleted the tip of his thumb wide open to the point of exposing bone (the bone itself is what prevented the blade from going any further). Stitches may or may not have been advisable, but Matt opted to tough it out and just keep it clean and wrapped up real good. So Matt is currently on the FP Injured Reserve list until he can bend/move his thumb and hold drumsticks again. At least he didn't lose his entire thumb in the process (although having a nine-fingered drummer would surely make for memorable band trivia)...  :-)

So that's all for now. Plodding forward and writing songs. Stay tuned...

~ Todd

Sunday, September 6, 2015

FP Update: 09.06.2015

Howdy Howdy...

Here's the latest:

1) 'Antebellum' is in the thick of writing/arranging and is coming along nicely now. We have messed with this song on-and-off for a couple years and just never felt like it was quite ready to push. Until now. We've been after this one for the past several writing sessions and we're experimenting with who plays which phrases and when, overall song dynamics, lyric revisions, etc.  And finally it seems to be ready to flesh-out and develop fully...without us forcing anything. Which is good for the song of course. I took a quick pic of a section of my lyrics...which have already been tweaked since the pic was taken. (See below) 



2) We have inadvertently set aside writing 'Ode To Falling' and 'Again' as well as finishing up the production/recording of 'Getting Away'. All of those are on the radar but in the meantime we've been stockpiling new material for other songs. A couple of fun (and quirky) songs in the works are 'Five Stitches' and another song that doesn't have an official name yet which I have been code-naming 'The Donkey Song'.  Both are going to be tricky to play and sing but lots of fun...  :-)

3) We were hoping to have all of these songs developed and ready to start recording drums sometime this coming Fall but realistically it looks like more of a late-Winter/early-Spring timeframe for that. Takes a lot of organization and pre-production and we aren't going to just mash a bunch of ideas together in hopes that they work. Songs are like flowers and some take longer than others to grow and bloom. The main thing right now is to keep putting the proverbial sunshine and rain on them and let nature takes its course.

That's all for now. Busy is as busy does...