Finally! A New Song! Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!
Gasp! It’s done! My God, what a headache! Seriously, I don’t know what it was about this one, but it caused me much chagrin (look it up; it’s really worth it). Oh, speaking of obscure words, please forgive the extremely pretentious title of this song. I was in college when I wrote it. What do you want?
Anywhom, this time around, the mixing wasn’t a problem. I think I’ve got the hang of a lot of things. No, what really took a long time was the artistic decisions behind the arrangement, and as it turns out, this is often the case for me. One thing I’ve learned about myself recently is that I am particularly terrible at knowing ahead of time what will sound good. I’ll think, “Hmm, the second verse is missing something. I need to add a new track. I think some backup vocal ‘oohs’ would be perfect!” I then spend a considerable amount of time trying to harmonize on-key with myself (something I’ve also recently found myself to be embarrassingly inept at), only to realize that such an addition actually sounds completely inappropriate. I then end up playing around with different things and eventually discover that what sounds best is something that I had dismissed in my “mind’s ear.” Mind you, each new thing I try requires at least a couple of minutes to set up microphones/levels, etc., and I can easily spend several hours finding “10000 ways that don’t work,” to quote Ben Franklin (Jesus, what am I today, a freakin’ high-school English teacher?). And this is a six-minute song we’re talking about here.
The other thing that took me a while to get right was THAT GOD DAMNED GUITAR SOLO. HOLY MACKEREL. Here’s another example of my imagination failing me. I originally intended this to be an electric guitar solo (which is a significantly easier instrument to play), but I tried it, and it was wrong. It was all wrong. Then, when you add the fact that I wrote the solo in my head before forcing myself to learn to actually play it, as well as the fact that my guitar-playing skills in general are downright mediocre, you have a recipe for horrors beyond all human understanding. Let’s just say that during the recording process, I experienced levels of despair far surpassing those suggested by the lyrics (I think it’s sort of funny listening to the song while imagining that I wrote the words immediately after recording the solo).
One thing I do think is really cool about this song is that, besides the bass guitar part, it’s an entirely acoustic mix. The percussion was created using random objects that were in my immediate vicinity. I filmed myself recording everything, so you’ll get to see it all soon.
And that reminds me: I’m going to start a YouTube channel, which I’ll direct you to in a couple of days, and soon enough, you’ll get to see marvelous videos for My Creed and Existential Pathology. It will take me some time to edit those, but I’ll be posting other stuff in the meantime. I’ve realized that it can take me some time to finish these epic mixes, and in the meantime, I think it’s kind of lame to just post some random video I’ve found on the internet, no matter how cool it is. So I figure I can at least throw up some videos of me doing something musical, even if it’s simpler than a full mix. Anyway, stay tuned for that.
For now, you can download my new song for free (and any of my songs on the Music page), and the same copyright rules apply, as it’s under the same Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, so you’re free to distribute, share, perform, or create derivative works, as long as you don’t charge money and as long as you give me credit for the original. You can find all the info about that on my Music page, as well.
Right. Well, enjoy!
P.S. I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Vernal Equinox/Yadda Yadda