Live songwriting experiment - COMPLETE! Lyrics and chords exist in this post…
At first I was all
Why am I doing this? What if I fail? Oh man oh man oh man oh man… Why am I worried? I don’t even have that many followers…
Then I was all
Why won’t the lyrics just COME already?! Why do I keep stuffing up?! Where is *that* stupid harmony coming from? Are you for serious brain?!
But, now it’s exported, uploaded and about to go on to my fiftyninety page. I can’t decide it I like it or not. I’m just
Done like a done thing.
Kahiwa, a fell 50/90 and FAWMer, recently chronicled the writing of a new song. Unlike the disasters attempts Rob and I have showcased here, she recorded snippets of the song during the writing phase and posted them, along with the lyrics and chord progression. Following on her blog under the tag ‘live blogging’, it’s a fascinating insight into another musician’s writing process.
Every once and a while, one of us will send the over an song we’ve recorded with no details attached other than a brief message to the effect of, “This happened today. Thought I’d share it with you.” Sometimes these songs are original tunes with odd lyrics or music, other times they’re interesting cover choices. Today Mark sent me a cover song. This is the entire email message he attached (The MP3 was unlabeled, but I’m including the song title to grab your attention as you scroll through your dashboard):
I recorded a song. This is the last time I touch this thing. The idea got in my head while I paced around the house my guitar in hand. I found I had a fair idea of the chords, but looked them up, along with the lyrics. But I decided to record it anyway.
What you hear is the first time I played through the song in it’s entirety. I’m being cagey with the title because, well… just listen.
This isn’t for 50/90, certainly.
This just kinda happened because it amused me. I’m sharing it with you because (1) I thought I’d share (2) you might laugh, (3) I’m an idiot.
I enjoyed it so much I’m sharing it with you fine folks. Mark doesn’t know I’m posting this to the band blog, but he will in a few seconds…
MARK’S EDIT: Well, I clearly know now. Well played, sir. Well played.
So those ratbag talented boys from The Really Good Pot Roast done took over the 5090 podcast. Yeah, remember that? That podcast what I started last year and consistently languish in a state of unattention? Yeah, that one…
Apparently they were hanging out and drinking and decided to record an episode. You can listen online directly from the feed on blogspot or subscribe via iTunes or your podcast/RSS feeder of choice.
I, for one, love it. Listening to it right now in fact. As should you, for the entertainment of the banter, for the joy of new music, or just for shits and giggles.
p.s. you boys crack me up :D
Yep, we done did it.
Kahiwa (aka Kiwafruit) and T.C. Elliott have lead the charge in creating enjoyable, funny, and always awesome showcases of fellow 50/90 musicians in their podcasts. This year, Rob and I gathered a collection of songs we really like from this year’s 50/90, and squared away some time during our most recent session weekend to put together our own episode. And drank our way through it all, as should be evident as the show progresses.
Oh, and this podcast features a only-played-here live version of Rob’s Corprolalia, as well as a BRAND NEW SONG BY RGPR!!!ZOMG!
We’ve said it before: 50/90 is a great community of some amazing musicians and good people. Like new and interesting music? Listen to some of the podcasts (like this one), then come check out the site. Do you write music? Come join us.
Please enjoy The Really Good Podcast, the 50/90 Podcast episode #13. And special thanks to T.C. and Kahiwa for allowing us to take over hosting for an episode!
This year, Mrs. Cranquis and I celebrate 10 years of fantastic marriage. When my musical buddies over at The Really Good Pot Roast asked me to submit some lyrics for them to set to music, I decided I wood go back to my roots and write a love poem for my wife (like I used to do so often back in our relationship’s early days). Here’s what the RGPR built out of it. So, I hope you’ll pardon this blog for branching out, leafing behind the more poplar medical topics, and turning sappy for just a moment.
I love you, Mrs. Cranquis.
(v1.) What if we
Sat in a tree
And watched the world below?
And what if I
Then looked in your eye
And said, “We’re dating now, you know?”
Well we did, and I did,
You and me in a tree.
And now my love,
It’s our anniversary!
(v2.) Then what if we
Sat in that tree
And I offered you a ring?
And what if you
Said, “I do”
And made my heartbeat sing?
Well I did, and you did,
Me and you in that tree.
And now my love,
It’s our anniversary!
(v3.) So what if we
Go back to that tree,
And take our child along?
Will he believe,
That among the leaves,
That this is where our song…
Well we will, and he will
Just us three in our tree,
Someday, my love,
On another anniversary.
Mark and I really enjoyed working on this project with The Good Doctor. Have a Really Good anniversary Dr. & Mrs. Cranquis. (See what I did there…)
After 2 albums with The Really Good Pot Roast, I’ve put together what I believe is a great collection of songs that I hope you all will enjoy. Now That You’re Here is my first solo album. Most of the material on it was written over the past year during 50/90 and FAWM. Some of the songs from the album have even been previewed right here on the blog!
At the core of the album is the Welcome Home EP (Tracks 1-5). The story of a dysfunctional relationship, it is meant to play as one continuous piece of music. The second part of the album is a collection of unrelated songs that cover important topics such as melting pavement, the time travel paradox, and my constant potty mouth.
Did I mention that you can pay any price you’d like for the album, including free? You should probably head over to the website right now and get a copy.
Rob wrote this song in February during FAWM. The narrator of the song is afflicted with this real illness, which is “involuntary swearing or the involuntary utterance of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks”, per wikipedia.
If you’ve met Rob, you would know that this song is both a personal anthem and unabashed confessional.
Rob’s writing often has a sharp humor to it that draws you in, and a music structure that’s often born of blues rock and jam bands, but finds it’s way across styles and genres. Corprolalia is an minimal acoustic track in 3/4 time with a chorus that you’ll be singing along with almost immediately.
Also, it’s just a great fucking song.
Now That You’re Here, coming August 10th.
Rob’s Note: I didn’t know this song was in 3/4 until I read this post, started singing the song to myself and said, “Son of a bitch! It really is!”
Another preview of my first solo album, Now That You’re Here, which will be released August 10th, 2012. Paradox is more of a straight up pop song than much of my music. This song began during 50/90 last year while I was watching Back to the Future, Part 2. Mark handled a good chunk of the production work on this track and he did a great job with everything.
Hope you enjoy!
PS - I write songs about the time travel paradox so you don’t have to. Your Welcome.
Why you have no direct link to where I can buy your album? ... Or am I missing it?
The direct link to the album will be readily apparent when the albun is released on August 10th. The album will be available at my BandCamp page. Of course, I’ll have to finish building that page before then. For now it’s an empty space.