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Rinse & Repeat - The Really Good Pot Roast
I’ve been exploring the > 2,000 tones in my Line 6 PodFarm looking for interesting new sounds I could use as inspiration. This song started when I found a few new distortions that I really liked. As I was noodling around with the 2 new tones, the lyric, “Work, dinner, sleep. rinse and repeat. It’s the same old grind.” Everything else came from that line. My idea was a song about that feeling you get at the end of the summer when you’re at your desk at work thinking about the good old days when you had summers off in college. The lyrics just wouldn’t come, so I sent it off to Mark and he really came through. The lyrics really tell the story I wanted to tell but couldn’t. He also rewrote the bridge (Which I had labeled as “Shitty Bridge is Shitty” in the project file). I’m pleased with where this song ended up.
Twenty-Four Pounds - The Really Good Pot Roast
Ever since Dr. Cranquis posted this article we’ve been messaging with him back and forth about how best to tackle it as a song. Not a groundbreaking movement, but a fun little tune. This is our #1 song about #2.
Anybody have any more poop jokes before we move on?
Enjoy the pool!
Machine - The Really Good Pot Roast
I’ve had the chorus and general chord progression for this song kicking around my head a little while now. FAWM seemed like a good motivator for us to finish writing and draft a demo together. I scratched out rough demo, passed it to Rob, and he brought it home.
I wanted this to be a simple, energetic, 3 chord rocker. Something loud and fun. I’m a fan of ow this came together. The lyrics are lighter than a lot of our other music and that’s always a victory for us. A bit of a nod to Jonathan Coulton in terms of content, as it’s a love song by a robot. Click here for the song page and lyrics.
There’s clean up work to be done, but this is a good draft for FAWM. We’re starting to scratch out the track list for our next album, and this is a candidate.
As always, we hope you enjoy. And if you like writing or performing music, there’s still time left to join us for FAWM!
In the way that time does, a year has passed, and we’re here in February. And with it, the month brings FAWM, the February Album Writing Month challenge. 28 days, 14 songs.
Last year, Rob and I both wrote music during FAWM and ‘won’ the challenge. My music resulted in my album 'NEW THING'. Rob’s resulted in ‘Now That You’re Here’. Both albums are available for any price (even free).
This year, we’re involved again, but probably not in the same extent. We’ll be posting some of our new material here in the coming weeks. Our big focus right now is cleaning up existing material for our new album later this year. But we can’t help writing.
If you’re a songwriter and want to challenge yourself, come join us. FAWM is a great, positive atmosphere for songwriters looking for a challenge, an outlet, a forum, trading ideas, collaboration, and constructive criticism.
See you there!
The Really Good Pot Roast - Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls Cover)
A couple of months ago, Rob posted a one-off cover I did of Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time”. After that, we tried to think about some interesting songs to cover, ones that we’d like to learn and interpret, and be able to possibly play live. Then Rob picked this song.
I really liked Rob’s acoustic take on this track. His vocals sold me on it. The hardest part of this track was the fact that it’s only 2 chords. Fm and C. Over and over and over again. When you have a whole electronic pop dance music backing to it, you don’t care. But strip it down to a couple acoustic guitars, and it creates some headaches. We played with a bit of structure and style, and added in some hand percussion.
I’m pleased where this wound up. We hope you enjoy it.
Got any suggestions for us to cover? Drop us an ask!
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.
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…)
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.