How do you know if you have a good song title and the song has good lyrics? Well isn’t that the fifty five thousand dollar question?
Working on this new album in which all the songs are finish (with names I must say) I have not yet come up with a name for the album. So let me go into how I name songs as I write them. Believe it or not, all of the songs I write I first throw a random name on my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) as a placeholder, a thought, an object just a random name. Sometimes that random name sticks and it becomes the name and the muse for the lyric’s yet to be written. Sometimes I have the lyric’s and one line or word in the lyric’s becomes the songs name and then sometimes it’s just a feel of the song and that becomes the name.
The name for the album on the other hand is a greater bigger picture. It has to encompass the whole album and what it stands for or the vibe and feel of what it needs to convey. Take the first album I put out a few years back, “TEST DRIVE RAW”, as it was my first solo album and published music in a long while, I felt it was a test drive to see where I was at musically and the raw feel of the album fit the way the music was on the album. Raw and basically uncut with minimal production quality, thus Test Drive Raw.
The second album, “Eclectic Collaborations” was a collection of music collaborated with other musicians. So I wanted to convey that it didn’t have a common theme and each song had a different feel.
The third album was more about experiences in my life thus the album name, “This is My Life” Welcome to it. Many musicians have different ways to come up with names of songs and titles, lyric’s come from many different sources as do names and titles.
To the end of it all within the next few months you will find out what the name of the new album will be named!
Over the last year, Since my last album, “This is My Life”- I have been working on some new stuff in which I feel is some of my best to date. I bought a couple of new guitars (Epiphone wildkat hollow body in Burgundy red and a Black Ibanez solid body guitar) BOY! I have been having a lot of fun putting some hot licks down with those 2 axe’s. The drum tracks are solid and kicking with some nice catchy beats, interesting and fun. There is my ornamentation of sounds from the Maschine Mikro MK3. Some organ and percussion in which I love. Among many other instruments on these tracks. All accompanied by some sassy lyric’s, with a bunch of well placed harmony parts. – Hoping to complete all by the fall of 2020 POST COVID 19!
Although you might just be treated in the next few weeks to a teaser single from this album (still to be named) – You all need to stay in touch, keep checking and follow me on this site and on Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and many other digital streaming services for this single release.
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Yup! I’,m working on it, another new album and I’m very excited as I already have 5 songs done (just tweaking). And in the midst of writing 2 more.
I always find it so exhilarating writing, playing and producing new music. It is such a process that is so fulfilling, when I start off with an idea or a riff, start to build and layer and make it into a song. My process usually starts off with the rhythm, a bass riff or drum track. To me that is the foundation and from there my ears take over as I hear in my head what the song could and should be. Then I start layering, it could be guitar, it could be keyboards, or a virtual plugin, in essence it could be any instrument I play in which I start laying down tracks as it reverberates in my head. Then I listen to it on my hour to an hour and a half ride to work daily, continually playing it over and over and over. I hum to it, sing to it, make noises to it, to get down what more I want to add to the song. When I get home that evening (after listening again the whole ride back) I will rush up to my studio and lay down a few test tracks just to capture the right riff’s or vocal phrasings, this way I won’t forget what I wanted it to sound like or add in. This process can take only a few days or even is some cases months before the song is finally were I want it to be musically. Then the next step is the mixing and production that needs to be done to finalize and really make it a sharp, sleek and sounding great. Again on my hour and a half ride to work daily, I repeat continually playing the song over and over and over. This way I hear where I want to balance the instruments, add embellishments and ornaments to achieve that professional sounding song ready for release. This is my process that works for me. Oh, for those of you that may ask – I don’t have a name yet for the album that will come to me at some point. I do have some idea’s so I might need some help. What do you think I should name it?
Keep checking in on it’s progress and eventually a release date.
Have you ever been in that place where you love someone so much you can’t stand the person? When you are around them you want them to go away, but when there gone you miss the hell out of them? You fight most of the time but the make up sex is figgin fantastic? How many times have you’ve been Crazy in Love? You do stupid things for the one you think you love. You go out on a limb, you fight, curse and make up. Listen to you’re heart, but don’t get lost in love and lose yourself when you are, “Crazy in Love”
With its 2 bar cowbell intro ‘Sex & Trainwrecks’ might have gone in a different direction but, true to form, it quickly becomes familiar Aldo Buzzi fare. The tune takes a melancholy theme and punctuates it rhythmically with a post-punk architecture and a Caribbean undertone. As regards the lyrics the listener asks who are the victims? The rule of ‘poetic license’ is applied heavily and as always in Aldo’s material there may not be any ‘straight line’ lyrical commentary – whereas one might associate the sound of a train wreck with a cacophony of screeching, crushing and twisting metal this track maintains a steady rhythmic 4/4 beat -train wrecks are probably not agreeable to rhythmic consonance.
The intertwining instrumental layering is familiar and against the cadence of the lyrics we are met with an Edgar Allen Poe-esque tapestry of the dead possibly dreaming and the question answers itself by asking if the dead still dream. It’s an interesting set-up of superpositions as our subjects appear (at least in the words) to be both dead and alive. Thus a moderately tempered tune has more depth than the main thematic material implies. This listener found it a little trancy and ‘retro’ – I hear ‘post punker’ ghosts responding and the outro of this tune is in lock-step with the very movement that gave it life. – Joezworld June 2019
Sex an Trainwrecks
When you’re in the coffin of life. What do you dream when you’re feet under?