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Monday, January 16, 2012

FP Special Update: 1-16-2012

Howdy All...

Today's post is a bit different from the norm. A good friend of the band's, Jeff Nardoni and his wife Tiffany, lost their 5-year old son Thao this past Friday after many months of on-again-off-again illnesses that ultimately surpassed the scope of modern treatment. That being said I wanted to share a short tribute song that I put together and recorded on the night of Thao's passing:





We are very saddened by this loss but at this point all we can do is support, encourage, and most importantly, pray for the Nardoni family as they grieve and adjust to their 'new normal'.

A bit of history between Jeff Nardoni and the band:

Besides being in the same circles as Jake, Matt, and Robert while they were all in high school, Jeff has also played a significant role in my own life as a close friend and fellow artist. A couple years prior to the incarnation of FP, Jeff encouraged me to give a hand at singing. We were working on a song that I wrote called "I Don't Care" and the plan was to have Jeff take care of the main vocals with me doing possible back-ups. As I previewed my scratch demos of the song to him (with my vocals serving as a scratch pad of sorts), Jeff really pushed for me to do the main vocals and for him to do the back-ups. Jeff is definitely a much more gifted vocalist than I but he was pretty adamant about my vocals being at the forefront. The rest is, as they say, history. The song recording went well and it left a good taste in my mouth for me doing vocals more often. And quite frankly, if it were not for Jeff's encouragement, I would not be singing in a band today. In my opinion he single-handedly got me started singing. Here's the song that Jeff and I put together (I played guitars, synths, bass, etc....Jason Landis played the drums....Jeff sang the upper harmony vocals throughout):





Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and Tiffany and their family...

~ Todd

Friday, January 6, 2012

FP Update: January 6, 2012

Happy Post-Holidays Everyone!

And here's the latest:

1) We are now beginning rehearsals on 'Marigolds' for live playing. We have 'Rabbit Hole' and 'Getting Away' both in-the-ballpark of where they want them to be to play them live, and so last night we decided that we are ready to tackle 'Marigolds' again. 'Marigolds' will likely go quick since it is such a basic song and isn't nearly as tricky as say 'Rabbit Hole'. 'Rabbit Hole' pushes the envelope for us as a band...lots of special variations throughout, harmonizing lead guitar solos, crazy funky bass lines, etc.. From a playing perspective I think we all probably enjoy 'Rabbit Hole' the most since it is the most challenging. But it's also likely to be the most impressive song in our arsenal for our live shows. Lots of stuff going on for the listeners. Ear candy for sure...

Then just as soon as we get 'Marigolds' polished up to our liking, we'll only have 'Some Other Year' and 'Sycamore' to get reacquainted with and then we'll start playing out. I'm still not 100% sure we'll start playing live shows but it is definitely approaching. Will keep everyone in the loop...

2) On the recording end of things, we are nearly done tracking parts for 'Rabbit Hole' with just one section remaining for Jake's bass parts and some of my lead vocals (and a few backing layers) still needing to be recorded. Once 'Rabbit Hole' is done with tracking then the mixdown and mastering stage will begin. Hopefully that stage won't take near as long as it normally does. From it's beginning I've approached 'Rabbit Hole' in a completely different way production-wise in hopes that the mixdown will be more simplified. I won't bore everyone with the details and mindset of my newer approach, but all seems to be working much smoother at this point as compared to all previous recordings. And then just as soon as Jake is able to finish up his 'Rabbit Hole' parts then we'll start attacking 'Getting Away' (drums are already done on that one). The good news on 'Getting Away' is that we are already solid on performing our parts so the tracking stage should go much easier and quicker for us.

So that's basically it for now. This one is more short and sweet and to the point. For now we're just Rehearsing and Recording. Two of the basic food groups in the life of a band. Eventually I want to get back into writing new material but for now we are narrowing in on our focus to get us tighter and more polished. Can't wait to see all of you out on a stage somewhere in the not-so-distant future!

Until next time....

Todd