See the Light

Round Two

That’s two, for those of you keeping count.

I’m a day late again. The important thing is I’m keeping some sort of schedule, right?

See the Light is a new kind of song for me, or some kind of departure. In the first place, I’m using a capo. Get the smelling salts, because most of my guitar-playing friends are passing out. It kind of happened that way, and I figured I’d try something new. After all, I have two of these things, so I might as well put one of them to use every couple of hundred songs.

Another new thing is the beat. I’m still using drum loops, and these are some I’ve never even looked at before. Anyone have a set of drums they want to dump off in my basement? I promise to play responsibly.

Also, since I’m trying new things, I don’t have a guitar solo on this. Not that it’s a new concept for me, but for a song with a heavy rhythm guitar part, it’s a little peculiar. Instead, I went a little nuts in the middle with keyboards. Again, not so new, but a lot of fun.

I read an interview with Tony Viscounti recently. He said for his new album, David Bowie referred to studio time as experimenting. I feel pretty good about this. Vindicated, even. This new song, like most of them, was written as I put the guitar in hand and hit record. All the fiddly bits were a result of experimenting, not preconceived. I know some people have a clear idea of where they’re going as they record a song, but any path I start with typically goes into the deep, dark forest moments after I’ve started recording. Go where the music takes you, I suppose.

I might post something else tomorrow, if I make some time to listen to it. I went to Guitar Center this past Sunday, and auditioned a few acoustics. Guitar Center is not my favorite place to go… something about all those guitars looking at you from their high perches yet there’s still not a lot of interesting stuff in the store. But they do have those acoustic auditioning rooms that mostly block out the noise of some guy honking on every acoustic bass in the main room. Mostly. It’ll go in the Jams section, if it sounds good enough to post. I’ll let you know here. If not, pretend this paragraph never happened.

More soon...