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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weekly Update 1-28-10

And here's the latest FP gossip....

1) After yet more toiling over unexpected shortcomings in 'Sycamore', I do believe I will have it wrapped up and ready for download sometime tomorrow. We have been feverishly checking beta mixes of it on various systems (home theaters, car stereos, headphones, boomboxes, PC speakers, you name it...) and we have the final version in our sites. All that needs done at this point is to soften the high frequencies just a couple of dB on the drums, and deal with some mild sibilance issues on words (mainly some strident ssss's). Past that I need to make some last minute (and very minor) adjustments to volume settings on a couple tracks, then it should all be a go. Will take me about two to three hours to get all of that done and then we should be in business. If you check this blog with any frequency at all, I'd highly encourage you to keep checking for download links throughout the weekend. The wait is nearly over....

2) Tonight we worked on 'Marigolds' again and it is coming along quite nicely. I threw together a quick arrangement demo CD for Jake and Matt on some of the ideas I had about certain sections and now they'll start messing with things to come up with more parts and ideas. And the song will blossom. Also, after having succeeded in singing on 'Sycamore' way beyond what I thought I would be capable of, we made the unanimous decision tonight that I should belt out the vocals on 'Marigolds' in my 'higher' range. And it feels good. Really good. So long as I pump enough air out. Should be fun! And Matt and Jake will even have vocal parts on 'Marigolds' as well....there is a 'Woo Hoo!' part in the choruses that we are all going to do together. Sounds silly to read about it here on the blog but once you hear it you'll get the idea. 'Marigolds' is a fun pop song and it's happy. We suspect our female listeners will especially like this song. Case in point, over the last couple of months my wife Julia has been asking me when we are going to do the 'Woo Hoo' song. It's like she just wants to sing along with it even though it technically doesn't exist yet. Well folks, it is time....Woo Hoo!

3) Next week we are hoping to begin a weekly-ish, band Video-Blog and we'll host those on our infant YouTube Channel. (We really need to get over there and spruce it up a bit and come up with more FP-friendly decor....) Those YouTube videos will also get posted here for your convenience of course. As such, I still plan on writing blog entries the old-fashioned way, but the Video-Blog method will help us perhaps draw in more fans and exposure and it will also let folks see us in action and feel like they are a part of all things FP. I'm also hoping it will allow people to also get a better understanding of the work and details that are involved with recording our songs. It is my intent to keep each V-Blog under the ten minute mark (will keep them shorter if possible). Just updates and such. We'll probably do longer 'special event' V-Blogs on occasion but for now we are going for simplicity and convenience. Stay tuned...

4) Jake has officially started recording his bass tracks for 'Some Other Year' and we now have several sections done. I have also set up mics on my old Fender Super Reverb amp and will begin recording guitar parts just as soon as I get 'Sycamore' wrapped up and released. But already our pacing and workflow is going much quicker (and easier) with 'SOY' versus our maiden voyage 'Sycamore'. Would be cool to have 'SOY' ready to go in a couple of months while at the same time working on 'Marigolds'.

5) Jake and I came up with some really nice song starter ideas the other day for a couple more new ones. Working titles are 'The Antebellum' and 'Intervention'....both of which are kind of brooding (in a good FP-ish way). Lyrically 'Antebellum' is about not wanting to talk problems out, even though we know they are looming over us. Not in a political sense but rather in a relationship sense. Kind of like how people bury themselves in their jobs, their busy lifestyle, their possessions, their kids, their over-involvement at church or social organizations, night-school, or whatever else that keeps them too busy to be real or transparent with their spouse or significant other. Musically speaking, in my head there is a rather heavy section (again, in a cool FP-ish fashion) where things come to a head lyrically, and as such it will likely be a good song for when you need time alone to decompress or escape from whatever haunts you. But it won't hide you from yourself. Au contraire my dear readers. If anything, perhaps it will encourage a willingness to open up the festering wounds that we so tightly guard to the point of preventing our own healing. Sometimes we need to see past the impending conflicts in our relationships and say how we feel and aim for the growth that comes on the back-end of being open and honest. Honesty is raw and oftentimes ugly and embarrassing, yet there is no substitute for the trust and respect that you gain for being upfront and authentic. Iron sharpens iron....

As to 'Intervention', it will likely feature several versions (10?) with different lyrics and perhaps varying guitar solos in each version. In one sense the idea in my head is grand, yet other than extra singing and extra guitar solo parts, everything else will be mostly the same. As a matter of fact I already have 2 full lyric variations and two halves of variations already written. (And 'The Antebellum' lyrics are 85% done already.) Why the different versions you ask? Well....'if I told you then I'd have to kill you.' Hehe...You'll see in time. We have several other songs on the front burners that will come first so it may be a bit. But all of these are in the works as we speak. No shortage of ideas....

So I guess that is a good place to park this blog entry. I'd write more but I need a mind-numbing break (shooting villains on XBox 360) and it has gotten late. Will try to get 'Sycamore' posted this weekend. Until then....

~ Todd

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait for the Woo-Hoo song! :)
    ~Julia

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