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The vocals are definitely a star, it’s great to hear Mark front and centre with very little effect. This is such a great track, so grungy rock. Nice!
Glad you enjoy the track. I totally agree with your assessment of Mark’s vocals.
Until The Cops Come (For You) - The Really Good Pot Roast
This track started as a progression I wrote a while ago on an acoustic guitar while watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on Food Network. I thought it sounded too similar to The Doors song “5 To 1” to really do anything with, but I sent it over to Mark to see if he could take it in a direction that made it less Doors-like. I think he really did a great job with it. He reworked the progression slightly and re-recorded the guitars with some nice distortion to completely transform the sound. To me though, the star of this track are Mark’s vocals. Some of the strongest vocal work he’s ever done.
I was a big fan of the original music Rob sent over, and I really wanted to work with the music. But as is my M.O., it took me just south of forever to turn something around. I couldn’t figure out the approach I wanted for lyrics. Then one day something just worked for me. Pretty stream of consciousness writing.
Hello Internet. We’ve missed you!
For reasons that sound boringly like normal life, Rob and I have been a bit absent on this blog. But we’re back now, and you’ll get some new RGPR!
This year’s 5090 is over, but we still have a few songs we haven’t played here yet.
First up, We Can’t Play.
Rob and I were in the same place at the same time this summer, and wrote a few songs. A goal we set for ourselves was to write new music with out new instruments. I’ve been learning the ukulele, and Rob has picked up the mandolin.
We’re not exactly ‘good’ yet.
This song was born from that idea.
It is a fun little song written while we put together our first 5090 podcast, and drank. And drank. And considering this started with uke and mandolin, this got out of hand quickly.
We hope you enjoy it.
Cherry Ice Blues - Robert Rubin
Labor Day has come and gone. The end of summer is upon us. For me, summer is cherry ice season. [Insert horribly obvious shameless self-promotion segue here]. This is another song from my first solo album, Now That You’re Here, available now on my website! I wrote this track last summer for a food themed challenge on 50/90. It started off as just a simple bass & soloing guitar song with a click track to keep the pace. when it came time for the album Mark came up with the idea to give the track a proper drum section. I’m pleased with what he did.
Incidentally, the album is Name Your Own Price. I figured I’d explain that since it completely baffled my entire family and I ended up having to walk them through it one at a time so they could download it. If you want to download it for free, insert $0.00 when it asks for the price. you can also insert any other dollar amount you may feel appropriate.
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.
It’s also an amazing decent into gif-madness.
Well done, Kahiwa!
Mark Dabney - Hit Me Baby One More Time
Britney Spears cover
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.
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…)
Playing another open mic tonight. Decided last minute, and I really didn’t want to over think it. I wanted to get some live rehearsal before RGPR had session time this weekend.
This time I have sheet music and lyrics. So that’s a plus.
Rob Rubin - Corprolalia
I love this fucking track.
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!”
Robert Rubin - Paradox
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.
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.