Tonight Mark & I are going to attempt something new. We’re going to write and record a song over a G+ Hangout video chat. Not sure if this is going to work or just end in frustrating failure, but stay tuned and we’ll post the result… If one is produced.
“OK. Here’s the demo of that track I texted you about. We’ve been talking a lot recently about not sending each other completed songs, but I’ve gone too far in the other direction. I’ve taken a day and half to sketch down a basic thought and then passed it to you. Actually, I’ve thrown the pieces of a disaster at you and yelled, “Here! The fucker’s all yours!” I think it has potential.”—Actual text from the email Rob sent me along with the original demo for ‘Run For Your Life’.
Mark’s Notes: About 2 weeks ago, Rob sent me the music for this song, and I loved it. It had that straight ahead classic rock sound. He asked me to come up with lyrics for it. Piece of cake. I then spent most of the last 2 weeks drawing a complete blank. Then I came up with the chorus, and the rest of the stalker vibe lyrics quickly fell into place 2 days ago.
I’m kinda smitten with this song. Rob put together great music, and all I had to do is sing and some mixing. And this song is one of the first times I just felt really comfortable singing.
Rob’s Notes: This song started off rough. I wrote the intro, verse, and chorus music and then hit a wall. I had no idea where it should go. I slapped on a random title and dumped it on Mark. Literally dumped. I sent him an e-mail,. unannounced, that basically said, “This is the music I started writing and never finished. Good luck with it.” He took this to a new level. Might be my favorite song we’ve ever written together.
The Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream Campaign Song - The Really Good Pot Roast
This song is a response to a Plot Generator Idea someone threw out there by the @FAWM Twitter account. The original tweet read, “Plot Generator song idea: After a nightmare, a princess addicted to pain killers perfects a recipe for bacon ice cream.” This princess is addicted to Xanax and Valium instead of pain killers. They seem more regal.
This song has bourbon AND bacon. What else could you possibly want.
Mark’s Note: Rob wrote a song for the Serious as a Heart Attack album called ‘Dr. Scott’s Scotch’, which was a nursery rhyme style groove track. I love how this song kinda echos back to that storytelling style.
Last month we posted about getting played on Don Campau’s No Pidgeonholes radio in Europe. In March, Don will be playing another one of our tracks from our latest album, You Have Died of Dysentery. Our song Lifeline will be featured in the first of two European editions of No Pidgeonholes radio, a show dedicated to independent and home-recorded music. You can listen to the shows now by clicking the link above.
The track has a electronic-rock feel that is reminiscent of You Have Died of Dysentery. Guitars are being layered. At Mark’s request, I’ve included a section with 7 chord changes despite the fact that Woodie Guthrie clearly said, “Anything more than 3 chords is just showing off.”
OK. I’ve put in a generic drum beat to keep time and I’ve got a riff I’d like to design the track around. Now I just need to train myself to play the damn thing fast enough to keep tempo without making 1,000 mistakes we’d be in business.
“You can absolutely blog about specific patient encounters, but you have a duty to be respectful of the patients privacy. They allowed you to participate in their care and they deserve the utmost respect from that. However, if telling a story can be educational and informative, you can write about your individual experiences in providing patient care. You can actually include quite a bit of detail in your nursing or healthcare narratives about patient encounters and experiences. The key is to make sure that the details are never specific enough to tie back to any individual patient. It is also a good idea to change certain details of the story completely so that a patient is absolutely unidentifiable. You can have fun with this and make for a much more entertaining read. You aren’t writing research articles. In blogging the details are not as important as telling the story anyways.”
Patient age above 82 (it might be 83, I can’t recall) 89 is considered an identifying characteristic and also should not be used.
According to CMS (The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services), here’s what you’re looking to censor if you’re writing a medical-interaction related blog:
The following identifiers of the individual or of relatives, employers, or household members of the individual must be removed to achieve the “safe harbor” method of de-identification: (A) Names; (B) All geographic subdivisions smaller than a State, including street address, city, county, precinct, zip code, and their equivalent geocodes, except for the initial three digits of a zip code if, according to the current publicly available data from the Bureau of Census (1) the geographic units formed by combining all zip codes with the same three initial digits contains more than 20,000 people; and (2) the initial three digits of a zip code for all such geographic units containing 20,000 or fewer people is changed to 000; (C) All elements of dates (except year) for dates directly related to the individual, including birth date, admission date, discharge date, date of death; and all ages over 89 and all elements of dates (including year) indicative of such age, except that such ages and elements may be aggregated into a single category of age 90 or older; (D) Telephone numbers; (E) Fax numbers; (F) Electronic mail addresses: (G) Social security numbers; (H) Medical record numbers; (I) Health plan beneficiary numbers; (J) Account numbers; (K) Certificate/license numbers; (L) Vehicle identifiers and serial numbers, including license plate numbers; (M) Device identifiers and serial numbers; (N) Web Universal Resource Locators (URLs); (O) Internet Protocol (IP) address numbers; (P) Biometric identifiers, including finger and voice prints; (Q) Full face photographic images and any comparable images; and ® any other unique identifying number, characteristic, or code, except as permitted for re-identification purposes provided certain conditions are met. In addition to the removal of the above-stated identifiers, the covered entity may not have actual knowledge that the remaining information could be used alone or in combination with any other information to identify an individual who is subject of the information. 45 C.F.R. § 164.514(b)
In short, anything that can even remotely somewhat describe someone in some minor detail.
In shorter, EVERY-DAMN-THING.
Here’s their more general outline to the approach to privacy under HIPAA:
Protected Health Information. The Privacy Rule protects all "individually identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information “protected health information (PHI).”12
“Individually identifiable health information” is information, including demographic data, that relates to:
the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,
the provision of health care to the individual, or
the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,
and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.13 Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number).
The Privacy Rule excludes from protected health information employment records that a covered entity maintains in its capacity as an employer and education and certain other records subject to, or defined in, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g.
De-Identified Health Information. There are no restrictions on the use or disclosure of de-identified health information.14 De-identified health information neither identifies nor provides a reasonable basis to identify an individual. There are two ways to de-identify information; either: (1) a formal determination by a qualified statistician; or (2) the removal of specified identifiers of the individual and of the individual’s relatives, household members, and employers is required, and is adequate only if the covered entity has no actual knowledge that the remaining information could be used to identify the individual.15
Doritos tacos!!! Seriously people. This is major fucking shit. I’m excited. If they make Cool Ranch tacos there is going to be a problem. BTW: Taco Bell is unofficially the official restaurant of The Really Good Pot Roast.
We freaking damage Taco Bell after a recording session.
Get the tape out. Because it’s a crime scene afterwards.
Bass time. Playing with a basic progression. Working on strum pattern and tone. I already need to resequence the song. Might work on scratching out the parts first, then do a rerecord in the last 45 minutes.
Interesting note with all of this. AS compressed as all this time is, this is how I usually write. I write a component, record it, then layer layer layer. Writing and recording as almost always inextricably linked for me.
M’kay. Started hashing out some melody. By hashing out, I mean ‘slapping my fingers on the keyboard and seeing what happens’. This is my method of songwriting more often than I’d like to admit. Just star bashing away until I hear something interesting. Then refine. Then repeat.
Drums are next. At least to temp out a pace for myself. I’m going to mock up a basic 4/4 and loop it for 3 or 4 minutes. I’ll likely come back to this in a bit and alter them or add to them. Anything to make them more interesting, if I use them at all.
In FAWM, I’ve been on an electronica / industrial kick. That’s likely where I’ll go today. I want to start off with figuring BPM. I’m going to be nerdy and take the songs I’ve written so far and average together their BPM. That’ll dictate the pace here.
It’s a holiday Monday, and I’m home from work. I’ve decided to give another run at live-blogging a songwriting session. Today’s goal is a bit more sedate, as I want to try an instrumental track, probably a bit more low-key. Without having to write and record vocals, I’m hoping this will be less difficult and annoying.
I know that’s the equivalent to a character in a horror movie saying ‘What could possibly go wrong’, but I’m gonna just leave that there.
I’m putting 90 minutes on the clock. Good luck, internet.
So it’s been a long time coming, but here it is: The 10,000 Follower Spectacular, a musical number starring The Really Good Pot Roast, and featuring Dr. Cranquis on (hopefully less-creepy and more-understandable yet still-disguised) vocals. This is my gift to all my Cranquistadors (or Cranquistadores, in Latin countries), to say thank you for reading, enjoying, and sharing my blog!
(We started working on this around the 9,000-follower mark; I’m just gonna go ahead and ignore the fact that this project/celebration is overdue by ~2,500 followers, due solely to my tardy lyric-writing/recording!)
And allow me to blatantly plug the RGPR’s latest album, You Have Died of Dysentery — do take a listen to their musical stylings, and consider buying it (for free, or higher monetary values, your choice) on their Bandcamp site, won’t you?
Working with Dr. Cranquis is awesome. I laughed my ass off when I first opened his audio files and dropped them into the music. We’re big fans of the good doctor. Hopefully you’re liking the music we do.
There will be more of these, if we have anything to say about it.
MARK: I’ve had the idea for this song for a little while, but I’ve never been able to pull it off. I found myself playing with the progression again recently, and before I left on my work trip last week, I recorded a rough demo and sent it off to Rob. He worked through the song while I worked across the country. I finally came back to this yesterday, and we finally did cleanup work, including rerecording the vocals (the vocals were really hard for me, for whatever reason. They’re still a bit o’ the wonkiness) and lots of leveling.
ROB: After spending a lot of time working on electronic music for the You Have Died of Dysentery album, this is our return to straight up rock. I’ve been excited to record this song ever since Mark first bounced the idea off me a while ago. I’m quite pleased with the result.
Yesterday we posted our second collaboration from FAWM, stemming from our Anonymous ask box request. We’ll have more collaborations to post here throughout the month, but we’ll also be posting some of our solo efforts.
This is my first solo track for FAWM. A couple years ago, I wrote an album of new wave punk electronica. Now with a few more years recording and production under my belt, I find myself circling back to further explore this sound. I’ll probably try a few different styles this year, but I’m hoping to come back to this.
It’s a 6 minute song, which was really not my original intent. It’s where it wound up, though. I think it moves nicely.
I hope you enjoy. And if you’re a songwriter, musician, or music fan, come join us at FAWM. You can find my profile and music here.
Our first blog request is complete. Anonymous wanted us to write a song about him/her and we obliged. We hope we captured his/her essence. Enjoy everyone! Would you like to request a song about a certain topic or a specific cover? Head over to the Ask/Request box.
A little while back, we opened the Ask/Request box for song requests. Baron Von WiseAss (Or baroness) threw this little request into the box. We obliged. Stay tuned for the song about Anonymous later this evening. Have a request for a cover? Want us to write a song about the topic of your choosing? Throw a request in the Ask/Request Box now!