Tunes, Tracks, Beats & Mixes
Description : I started this one several months ago, not sure if I want to call this one done but I figured I would upload it as my last song of the year. Wouldn't mind a guitar or another lead instrument to fill a few open spaces but the idea is there. It started out as a swing tune but now it has a rock/swing feel to it. 3 piece horns, drum loops, EZ drummer, piano loops and bass.Update: Fixed a few loud bass notes, adjusted compression on master track.
Description : Started with some acoustic guitar strum and picking, bass guitar and some EZ drummer loops. When I found the sax/guitar loops in a loop pack I'd recently downloaded, I knew they were perfect for setting the feel of the track. Added an electric guitar strumming track and a midi lead guitar with tremolo added. Update: remixed it a bit. Enjoy!
Description : Jim added a clean Fender Tele track and some thicker sounds with a custom ES-339 Pro(Epiphone) semi-hollow bodied. Both were mic’ed using my Fender DeVille. I added the bass, the acoustic guitar, the singing and a bit of keys. Jim helped out with the drums and the guitar arrangements. The song... the Drive By Truckers do a song, Guns of Umpqua that inspired this one being written, same subject matter. In America we’ve averaged a mass shooting every day this year. It needs to stop. Now. I hope none of us ever have to get caught up in any of that. Peace.
Description : I posted a short piece of music a few months ago in which Jim played some cool guitar and gave me a bunch of 45 second clips of rhythm and lead guitar parts in the process. Both of us wanted to work the song out but Jim's been busy playing across the state of Florida with a few bands he's been playing in, his talent is in great demand I guess!! So I decided to go through the tracks we recorded that day and with some bass and some vocals I added, put together a track. I added a little tambo, a phased wurli and lots of delay. I took one of Jim's guitar tracks that was noticeably different than the others and made it a guitar interlude to begin the track and then from :30 to 1:10 is the track I uploaded a couple months back. Decided to write this one about what is happening politically in America as it's a strange and worrying time in my country's history.
Description : Folk rock with lots of mandolin, been neglecting that little guy lately. Classical guitar rhythm, bass and drums with bongo, conga and timbale loops from Ableton. Used a wind pad in a few places, too. Enjoy!
Description : Similar to what I've been posting lately, bass, drums, acoustic guitar and a string synth. Folk rock I suppose. Update: Remixed it, addressed drum issues, eq'ed the acoustic guitar, made some adjustments to the master channel. Enjoy!
Description : There's nothing like living near the ocean but the water can be dangerous, too. There are many shark attacks where I live and catch a wave the wrong way and you are tossed around like a rag doll in shallow water. Plus the riptides can be deadly. That's the loose inspiration behind the title, taking on a wave and losing the battle. I threw some drum loops together, picked up my bass guitar and played 3:30 worth of bass in the key of Am, 1 take. I removed about 40 seconds of it that was dull and thought it was pretty cool with the bass and drums alone. Trying to figure out the first rhythm acoustic track(left in mix) was a bit fun because I just rambled all over the place with the bass. The second acoustic rhythm track(panned right) was 1 take so warts and all are featured. Tambourine makes an appearance along with a synth and piano in the latter part of the track. No structure whatsoever, just a bass jam inspired idea for mixing purposes only. Enjoy!
Description : "This is a Public Service Announcement...WITH GUITARS!!" An opening line in one of my favorite bands songs and it helps describe this one perfectly. Bonus points if you know the band or particular song. I modeled the song after that band and this one hearkens back to the early days of punk. This was written by my brother Chris and I got a little help on guitars from my friend Jim. Fun lyrics and full of energy, this one is a fav of mine of all the songs my brother has written. I sing and play the bass and produced it. Got new monitors and a new interface, hopefully it sounds better than other mixes I've done. Final Update: Oct 2017 Remixed Enjoy!
Description : It’s been a while, Hurricane Matthew decided to play games with my carport and a sizable chunk of my roof but was lucky in that my house is still livable and I didn’t really lose anything. It sidelined me for a while but I finally started this Christmas song my brother Chris wrote a while back. Chris makes his singing debut in this one and he sounds kinda like me singing, sorry folks, ha! Trumpet, trombone and English horn accompany the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, tubular bells and sleigh bells. Update 12/1: fine tuned the mix. Enjoy!
Description : Hey folks, I've been away for a while, sadly my Dad passed away so music had to take a back seat till I felt up to it. My brother Chris let me know he was writing songs and was recording them on his phone. After listening to a bunch we decided to do a few which got my mind onto making music again, thankfully. We have similar writing styles and likes when it comes to music so I figured he might like my style of producing. He has the copyright on all his songs through the U.S. Copyright office. Idea for the song happened when Chris was driving to Melbourne and saw the storm clouds brewing while his wife was knitting during the long drive. So he sat and wrote about the drive. Folk/Pop/adultcontemporary/country... what's in a lable? Any feedback would be appreciated, thanks. Enjoy!
Description : Update 7/1: Lowered threshold on master track, made a couple adjustments. Three acoustic guitar tracks, rhythm, lead and lead with delay. Waltz beat, 3/4 timing. Just did a basic nut repair and threw some new strings on my baby. I could have added quite a bit more but decided to keep it simple. Enjoy!
Description : Update 6/16 - adjusted volume levels from suggestions. Latin Rock is a good way to describe it. EZ Drummer, acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, piano, a horn/pad, tambo and a little percussion. Don't forget to bring your sandals to the beach, the sand can be pretty hot. Enjoy!
Description : I'd have to say this is the first song I've done where I felt confident applying compression and understanding what I'm doing. As a result I'm fairly happy with the mix, not perfect but taking steps forward. Acoustic pop track, EZ Drummer, bass, acoustic guitar, cabasa, guiro, tambo, harmonica and some Rhodes organ. Enjoy!
Description : I had forgotten about this idea I started last month and was in the familiar "untitled folder" which I'm sure most of you have a few somewhere. When I opened it up I was surprised to find finished drums and an acoustic guitar track so I spent the last 3 days adding a live bass track, some tambo and a few midi tracks. I could have added more but decided to keep this simple idea simple. Not sure of the genre. Enjoy!
Description : Update 5/24; remixed it. I decided to do my favorite Bob Dylan song. I was 12 years old when this song came out and very impressionable at that time. The Vietnam war, social changes with massive protests along with Watergate were so engraved in our minds at that time in America and this song was a turning point for me. It took music that I just enjoyed as a kid to a place where it combined politics and I was old enough to get the big picture. Lyrics took on a new meaning at that point, so thanks Bob. Thanks Orlando51 and Tumbleweed also, there are some good, talented people here. I struggled finishing this one and I put it away for a while then decided to go with the midi violin and call it done. Now I know why I like short songs, this one is long with 10 or so verses. It tells the true story of someone set up and falsely accused of murder because of the color of his skin with corrupt lawyers and cops sending him to jail. Sad to see this sort of thing still happening today. Figured now was a good time to try this one.
Description : Jim visited a while ago and laid down a few more electric guitar tracks to finish up our third song. We have one more of this type of rock song and an old cover song to finish but we both have had personal things going on lately so things have been slow. I wanted to add some lyrics but that never happened so it became an instrumental showcasing Jim's talents. He brought over a Les Paul with a repaired neck that looked like it wouldn't stay in tune no matter how much you tried and ran it through my Fender DeVille. EZ Drummer on the kit, I am playing the bass and rhythm guitar. Enjoy!
Description : This punk song had it’s beginnings after I read a newspaper article about students in high school who wanted the start time of school to be pushed to a time more convenient for them as they were too tired to get up for school. The cause was staying up late on their mobile devices, texting and on social media and the “like” and parents not taking the devices away when it’s bedtime. The backlash was hilarious in the comments section as terms like “generation cupcake” and “the pussification of America” , “participation trophies” was the basic theme. I was instantly motivated to write a punk song, great material.
I explained to Jim how there seemed to be a certain disconnect between the newer generation of electronic music producers and the real musician citing comments made in the forums here. He just couldn’t believe it, I can’t post his comments because of the language restrictions but we had quite the chuckle.
This one moves, 180 bpm. Started this one about 4 months ago and had done several mixes with synths throughout the song. Then Jim contacted me and I sent him this ambitious number to start us off. He came by, the synths were dumped and this is the result.
The vocals are pretty funny, I lightly used a vocoder in a few places. I played with some panning and some delays and had a blast getting this one done. Once again, Jim has astounded me with his talent. Hope you enjoy this one!
Description : Jim introduced himself through Bandmix, a site for meeting local musicians and suggested we work together as he liked my music. After listening to his track Jersey Justice at Bandmix I was certainly impressed and felt some good mojo was about to be created. Only problem was Jim had never used a daw or knew what an interface was. He visited and we recorded some tracks for another song that I am still mixing and I showed him my setup. After seeing my "studio", he was all in and has since purchased am imac(24gb ram) with Ableton, some cool mics, Rokit 8's and a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 firewire interface with about 20 mono/stereo inputs to record live bands in his studio. Well, much of that is down the road but for now here is our first demo with Jim recording his own lead guitar track with only 4 week using Ableton! Jim rocks and I am envious of his skills and glad he has taken on the challenge and madness of home recording. So here is our first collab, straight up rock, simple chords and structure to get us going. Enjoy!
Description : Two classical guitar tracks. Guitar tuned to an open C then I put a capo on the third fret making the song in the key of E flat. Added some delay to the picking track. Another quick idea, about 2 hours invested. Enjoy!
Description : Been recording and mixing a bunch of cool rock songs lately and took a few days away from those tracks to put together an acoustic track and give my ears a break. Pretty loose arrangement, 4 classical guitar tracks, a harmonica track and a pad, just a quick idea. Tuned the guitar to an open A and had some fun. Enjoy!
Description : A cover song by one of the greatest pop bands of all time, the Bee Gees. EZ Drummer Americana kit, live acoustic and electric guitars and bass, with live tambo and harmonica. I did all the singing, lead and backups. Midi strings and trombone panned wide. Any feedback on the mix would be appreciated as I've tried many new ideas mixing this. Enjoy!
Description : The song is meant to depict the weather here on the coast of Florida on a typical summer day. We often get the chance of severe thunderstorms and often tornadoes but the day doesn’t usually start that way. Light breezes and warm temps make for a great day until the storm hits and all hell can break loose!
I asked Dave if he would like to help with the bass guitar on this track and in return he essentially gave me two tracks. In the first part of the song he uses his new bass guitar in which he personally designed and built from blocks of wood. It has a beautiful jazz sound and really adds to the feel of a light breezy morning. In the second part of the song, Dave uses his Precision Fender bass to give the song a little more attack during the part with the storm kicks in. I used several instruments in Ableton’s orchestra pack and added plenty of live instruments. I used delay extensively in this track and even tried my slide on my electric guitar for the first time to represent the wind.
It was certainly a pleasure working with Dave on this track and he added an certain element with his style of playing and sound that goes beyond what I could've put down so I appreciate Dave's input immensely and I'm quite pleased with the track!
Description : It's been a while since I've last uploaded due to the fact that I moved my recording set up to a larger room causing some issues. I spent a lot of time mixing this song and hope that I have resolved some of those issues. If something doesn't sound right please let me know, any feedback would be appreciated. I doubled the rhythm guitar with slightly different amp settings and added some guitar fills. I also concentrated on mic'ing the bass amp so hopefully that is sounding better as well. I added some keys and a little tambo. Remember, you can never have enough cowbell. Enjoy!
Description : My original thought was that this is to be an instrumental about my recent move to a new house and the reasons why I moved, that being the origin of the name of the track. It was meant to feel like a journey or trip and I started putting this together over two months ago, a week before the move. I finally added the electric guitar last week and after our recent collab I decided to ask Vicen to add some vocals here and there to help fill some spaces and help with the feel of the song. He knew exactly what I was looking for and wrote and sang some nice vocals that once again fit just right in with the music. Lyrics are provided in both Spanish and English.
This one has a mid tempo western feel with electric guitar, acoustic guitar strum and fills, mandolin, bass, piano, a couple pads, a synth and three drum loops. After getting Vicen’s vocal tracks I added jingle bell midi track and after it was all mixed and ready to upload, I added the harmonica at the beginning and end as an afterthought but I’m glad I did. My thanks once again to Vicen for working on this song and making it better. Enjoy!
Description : A simple western acoustic track with a waltz beat, tambo on the 2 count. I doubled the acoustic track and the difference between the two tracks adds a lot. I played a little C harp in my key of G song, found a spot for that. Some mandolin rhythm and fills, 2 keys tracks, accordion, flute and acoustic guitar strumming and lead. These all accompany my exhaustion.
This is the first track I've been able to produce since about 2 months ago. My neighborhood local dance clubs decide to battle it out with an outdoor loudness war every night and the neighbors are up in arms!!! I'm not sleeping at all but I did catch a break over the last week and I was able to put a few musical thoughts together between naps. So now you know why it's titled.