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Monday, December 19, 2016

Howdy All...

Couple quick FP Updates:

1) "Getting Away" is inching closer towards completion. I was hoping to have this song wrapped up eons ago but life+work(+sleep?) has slowed things down along the way. Plus I decided to re-sing the Verses (sounding good now) and I am likely going to re-sing the Chorus vocals as well (just to see if I can capture a better vibe). On a positive note I've officially started this song's mixdown with all of the other elements. So there's that. The plan is to release this one soon as a standalone (although it will be included as part of an album as well) as a holdover until we crank out a full album. :-)

FP - 'Getting Away' (Full Mixdown Begins)

2) And speaking of a full-album, we just wrapped up another full-band rough draft for a new song, which brings the tally up to five new songs that we'll start rehearsing and recording soon. The plan is to attack all five of these new songs simultaneously, then remix and master our first three songs (to bring them sonically up to par with our new stuff), and then release a full-length 10-song album. And if we're doing the math right, that'll give us a solid 45 minutes worth of original material for playing smaller shows to get our feet wet out-and-about in the wild. Plus we have also toyed with the idea of doing a couple obscure covers for live performances just to round things out to a full hour if needed. Fun stuff.

FP - 'The Life and Times of Jack Henry' (Full-Band Rough Draft)

So there's the latest. Slow and Steady wins the race as they say. Especially when going the DIY route with jobs, families, etc.  Loving it along the way though! And keeping it real...

Will be in touch...

~ Todd

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