As promised every few days I will do a video to speak about each song on my new album release “This is My Life”. I will talk a bit about the idea’s for each song, when I wrote it, some back ground notes and story about each song. This first video is about the title track of the album appropriately named as the title “This is My Life”.
This will all lead up to the release of the album on June 15th. The album will be available on Spotify, Itunes, Youtube Music among many other download sites. It will also be available in CD on https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/aldobuzzi
Another treasure. After all these years – I can listen with different ears and I hear a Joe who liked writing lyrics, played little bits of show tunes, used unusual chords and sort of ‘chopped’ at the guitar. I’m still playing parts of show tunes and even MORE unusual chords and much crazier rhythms with a broader palette of sounds than I did . . . . let’s see . . . about 1985 or so? That’s 85-95 (10 years) 95-2005 (10 years) 2005-2015 (10 years) + 3 or 4 and that’s about 33 or 34 YEARS AGO!!!!!!
I started playing guitar at around 14 years old. So roughly 50 years ago. I should really be much better. I did give up playing guitar after Vinyl Flesh for about 7-8 years. But I played piano or keyboards instead so I really didn’t quit playing and totally got into recording. I think you & I banged around a couple times over at the house you & Dena lived in. And we’re still doing it.
There were 2 commonalities – you & Ken so there ya have it !
How do you write a song? This has always been a question I get asked by many people. Some musicians will tell you it’s a long arduous process, some say it just comes to me or it’s in my head, some don’t have a clue. For me it’s the one in the middle, for the most part I either have an idea or hear a sound or sit down and bang out a riff on the Bass Guitar and start from there. It’s always been a free flowing process for me, sometimes it sounds great and I continue and sometimes it goes to the save file for a future development date. As I develop the foundation of the song, now my mind starts to go into overdrive for the different layers, melody, sounds and ornaments I can add to the developing song. A guitar riff, a synthesizer sound, a percussion instrument, this is what I hear in my head as I listen to the new project over and over again. Sometimes I have lyric’s on the ready and develop the phrasing to those lyrics to go with the music, sometimes the lyric’s just come out as a natural progression to the song. In all of the above, I am consistently burning CD’s and on my drive to my day job (in which it takes me on average about an hour and a half to get to work) I listen to the developing song over and over and over again.
Think about it? A 3 minute song played in an hour and a half car ride is played approx 30 times –ONE WAY! The only problem I have with that is, I want to tweak the song right now, in which obviously isn’t going to happen. So I must store those tweaks, changes and additions in my puny little brain until I can get back in front of the mixing console. Thank God I have a good memory and Alzheimer’s hasn’t kicked in as of yet. Song projects has always come pretty easy for me and I can usually, not disturbed, write a song within a few hours. What takes the time after the song is written is the refinement of the song and mixing down of the project to make it all clear, balanced and worthy to release and to be proud of. Be it released to just me for my own listening pleasure or to you my friends and fans, I take pride in making a good song. I have so many songs in my repertoire that are experimental that I do not release, as snippets of those songs can be the beginnings, middle’s or ends to new projects and songs. I never throw anything out as it may fit in and or be used later on. Many times I’ll come back to a riff that I laid down months or years ago and say-“Shit”–this is great and start to develop it into a song. The creation of music is such a fulfilling joy and I can only hope that it will continue until I’m pushing dirt!