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!
Yes–it’s been a rough couple of months – Starting at the end of January, I contracted Bells Palsy – It’s a virus that attacks the nerves on one side of your face and paralyzes that side of your face – Happens to be my left side of my face. I was on anti viral med’s and steroids for about 3 weeks. I had the Bell’s Palsy once before when I was about 29 years old, it really sucks. Things that you take for granted , like blinking your eye does not happen and the percentage of folks that contract it a 2nd time is about 5% to 8% – Lucky Me!
The second thing that happened to me is an upper respiratory infection in which I had to be on heavy antibiotics for over 2 weeks.
The 3rd was my kidney stones started acting up. I have an 8mm and 2-5mm stones all in my left kidney. I was supposed to get them blasted (lithotripsy) in which is a shock sound wave that breaks up the stones to more passable sand. Alas–due to the Corona-virus that procedure had to be postponed. Thank god the little bastard stones have not moved or I would be in serious trouble. That means i’m on a holding pattern and still nee to have this procedure.
What a fucking horror show the last few months!
In between all the above, I have still been able to keep writing and playing. Actually if I do say so my self–I have a few songs written in this time period that are really smoking good!
And now this, “COVID-19”
Thank God I did not contract this virus – I would like to hope the world recovers extremely fast from this virus so we can get back to our lives. Please be safe, be healthy and help each other through this pandemic. Call a friend or a neighbor -stay in touch, share some love.
With Latin percussion through out the song — a song with Spanish Flair – You must know how to dance to the Bossa Bass a Nova? If not you should take the time to learn, it’s just a two step – slow- quick quick 1-2 – Now that you got it, I know you got it – Let’s take it Uptown!
Come on – Come on–was inspired by Paul McCartney’s Eygpt Station album -I enjoyed the back and forth guitar sounds from one of the title tracks, ” Come on to me”. I think you will hear that in the beginning of my song if you compare the two. Obviously by no way am I comparing myself to such an accomplished and ground breaking artist of one of the founding fathers of the Beatles. Although the influences are there and I would say any inspirations from any artist helps develop more songs and music is a great thing! (I hope Paul would appreciate that point) – The words are an anthem to being yourself and not caring what anyone else (or the Establishment) Thinks – Enjoy, “Come On Come On”
W’ell as my talking head video explained around a month ago about the song prior to the release of the album,”This is My Life”. You need to play it as loud as your speakers can handle without distorting the sound. You need to play the video in a very dark room on an large High Def screen TV with the music as Fucking loud. You also should be some what buzzed on your drink or drug of choice to revel in the experience of site and sound. You got It?
On a side not -one of my old band mates, Gary Citro (aka Peabody) commented after seeing a preview of the video that it harken’s back to one of the Lampshades original songs called, ” Krakatoa” (east of Java). In which was another hard driving song but had some lyric’s sung by Gary.
The premises of this song is about a dude that can’t find love and it becomes an emergency case of NO LOVE. The song first starts with him getting brought by ambulance to the hospital. Once there, the nurse and doctor does not know how to treat him. Later in the song he takes over talking about his love emergency. I have so many idea’s on this one to be a video in the near future.
It’s not too late to help my emergency to get play on spotify
Latin influences inspired this song accompanied by many different Latin percussion instruments. This song also features Kimo on acoustic Spanish style guitar and some electric guitar lead licks in a few spots of the song.
Here is the second song of my new release, “Sex an Trainwrecks”
There are two main themes to this song, one is obvious – Sex and Trainwrecks the name of the song in which we all want to see and can’t resist. Then we commingled another tantalizing thought “Do you dream when you’re Dead!” A mixing of lyrical idea’s to spark some imagination with a blend of some interesting guitar and synthesizer modulations that create’s a song that moves and flows right to the finish with that one overwhelming question???