i could hardly believe it – yesterday i recorded electric guitar! it’s been quite some time since i recorded any electric guitar… (the ukulele and piano are mostly to blame) but it was quite fun… like seeing an old friend.
the tone i recorded was very muted and old sounding – a ton we’ve never recorded before. i like it. i chose my lovely Reverend Guitar for the job, and it did a stunning job. it’s for the song “bright & early” again, which means that most of the primary tracks are now laid out. it’s a fun song!
here’s a pic dan took of me recording…
recently a good friend of ours from oklahoma by the name of Sam Lamb, invited us to record a few instrumental songs to be paired up with her upcoming art installation, called “the perpetual picnic” (featuring her beautiful photography, art and poetry – all of which will soon be transformed into her first novel. fun!) – so due to dan recently being out of town (on his honeymoon!) i contributed a couple brand new instrumental songs, as well as an instrumental version of sleeping at last’s “all this to say” song. i’m really pleased with how all of the little songs turned out! i’ll post info on where to hear ‘em, when they’re available… but it was a very fun project to work on. huge thanks to sam for the invite!
sam’s been a pal of ours for a little while now – she’s responsible for taking a many of our sleeping at last promo photographs (including the picture of us in the storyboards record!)
she’s a very talented artist and you should most certainly check out her lovely work.. she has a great eye for capturing beautiful things, as you’ll notice throughout her wonderful collections!
here’s some links to check out her excellent work:
alright, one more blog about “inception”… just kidding. although, pretty soon we may have to change the “sleeping at last” to “fans of inception” blog. although, i do have more to say about that wonderful film, i’m going to give it a rest.
had my lovely, upright “kawai” piano tuned this morning. it doesn’t get tuned nearly enough, but on the eve of YEARBOOK‘s beginning, it’s about time now (especially since YEARBOOK will consist of 36 songs! eek.. i may need it tuned a few times!) it’s sounding lovely! although, i always like the sound of a slight detuned piano sound. every so slightly… gives it more character.
here’s a picture of my pride and joy…
today, i think we may begin recording a song we’re temporarily calling “bright & early”… it’s a piano driven song and will benefit greatly from having the piano so freshly tuned. it’s an upbeat song that i imagine being supported by many surrounding instruments – so in that situation, being finely tuned is ideal, since layers of sound can get weird when even one instrument is slightly out of tune. this one should be a lot of fun to record…
yesterday i had a mini breakthrough in the lyrics for “bright & early” – it’s vocal melody is a very easy thing to write words to for some reason.. everything seems to fit (some songs are just like that more than others!) but until yesterday, i couldn’t decide what direction to take. like digging for days in soft dirt, to finally find something solid below.. i think i’ve done just that. i’ve just got to brush it off and polish it up… and see what exactly it is! excited about it.. it’s turning into a bit of a story, which is something i enjoy trying my hand at in lyrics.
anyway, we got another toy for our studio in the mail the other day..
should be fun to mess around with. our little set up is becoming quite ready for YEARBOOK. hooray!
hope your week is really great, guys. thanks for reading. much love!
So today it’s my turn to weigh in on “Inception”. Like Ryan mentioned, we were both blown away by the movie. It was seriously great. It’s easily the best movie I’ve seen this year and really I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie this much in the theater. Finally a big budget summer movie that wasn’t a remake, reboot, re-imagining, sequel, prequel or anything like that. It was a totally original idea. And on top of that I think it showed that a movie can be smart and fun. Too often it seems movies are one or the other (or neither). This is a movie that has faith in it’s audience. It doesn’t dumb things down assuming people won’t get it. The plot is complex and there is a lot of explaining that needs to take place for the movie to work. But the exposition never feels tedious or forced. It all feels organic and like it’s part of the story.
The casting was great. A few unexpected choices but they all worked very well. Also I’d like to say that I think they’re definitely the best dressed cast of the year. They all looked like a cross between James Bond and Don Draper. Sharp. I thought the score was great. I love the fog horn like brass blasts. The whole movie was filmed beautifully. So many memorable scenes. But I think for sure my favorite scene was this one.
And of course the last scene is such a perfect ending. The audience we were in literally gasped as the credits started to roll. All in all a great movie and one I think will be remembered for a long time. This concludes our coverage of “Inception”…. For now.