Musical Meanderings
2 days ago
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50/90 Day 18

I came up with another song structure tonight. That makes 19. I’m still on vacation so it’s just iPad for now.

3 days ago
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Recorded in the USA. Mixed in Canada. Call it an international big-dumb-rocker.

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50/90 Day 17

I found some free time tonight and snuck in a mix of the only song left that was ready to be mixed when we left for vacation. That’s it for today.

4 days ago
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50/90 Days 15 & 16

I’m on vacation, babie! No progress at all. Unless you count traveling from (near) Boston to Montreal to Toronto progress.

Addendum: so maybe day 16 saw song idea #18 kicked off after all.
6 days ago
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50/90 Day 14 (yesterday)

I’m on vacation, but I did sneak in an idea or two for song #17. Just a little noodling on GarageBand.

1 week ago
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50/90 Day 13

No shareable progress today, but I did kick off ideas number 15 and 16. They are only iPad instrument sketches for now. That gives me 10 finished songs and six in various stages of incompleteness.

77 days to go.

1 week ago
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Here is the song I recorded the vocals for this morning, and mixed tonight. Just a goofy little pop song. The guitars were recorded using the Line 6 Pod app. I think I might try and use that a lot during the coming months.

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50/90 Day 12

Call it 40/78 now. I recorded a vocal this morning before work, and tonight before bed I mixed that song and one other. There are now 10 finished songs uploaded on the 50/90 site. I have one other that is ready to mix, and there others that still need vocals. I want to have at least 17 finished before August 1st. I could make that goal.

1 week ago
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50/90 Day 11

What did I get done today?

Nothing.

Too tired.

1 week ago
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50/90 Day Ten

I spent more time doing work around the house today then working on 50/90, but I did have a couple of successes. I started off two more songs. They are both a vocal part away from being ready to mix. Speaking of mixing, I finished another one just a few minutes ago. That makes eight songs mixed. 42 to go with 80 days left.

1 week ago
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50/90 Day Nine

I mixed two songs tonight. One is okay, the other is awful.

That bring the number of final mixes to seven. I define as song as officially finished when there is a final mix. Therefore the challenge is officially 43/81.

1 week ago
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50/90 Day Eight

I managed two vocals before work this morning. I have five songs mixed, five ready to mix, and two that need vocals.

It now more like 40/82.

1 week ago
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50/90 Day Seven

I’m calling it quits early tonight. I’m tired, tired, tired.

Let’s see, what did I accomplish today? I wrote and recorded one vocal, worked out an arrangement and recorded leads for one song, and wrote and recorded all of the music for two new ideas. One is an instrumental (probably). I was listening to Pink Floyd and thought I could do a quiet little noodley thing over a drone. It’s not very good, but it’s there.

I think I might need a new interface for the iPad. The one I have (it’s a Jam) is acting screwy.

2 weeks ago
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50/90 Day Six

Not much today. I recorded a couple of vocals tonight. I finished the last one that I worked on last Saturday. All I had was a chorus. I re-recorded it and worked out a couple of verses. I also did a second song from start to finish.

Lyrics, melodies, and vocals are the parts of this process that I like the least. It’s where these songwriting and recording challenges usually fall apart for me. I’m frankly shocked at myself that I’ve got seven songs worth of vocals down already in just six days. That’s unheard of for me.

2 weeks ago
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50/90 Day Five

I wrote and recorded a vocal this morning before work. After work I fixed some bad lead playing on one song and started putting down pieces of a new idea. I also mixed two songs. As of now I no longer have anything ready to mix, but I might be able to sneak another vocal in tomorrow morning. We’ll see.

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