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I started working on the April music project yesterday. I’ve got all 10 songs underway. Two are left overs from my (still not even closed to finished) March music project. There’s one old Prime Meridian song that I want to do that isn’t on this playlist yet. The other seven are all just fragments that were put together yesterday and today. That’s seven songs partially written in less than 48 hours. Where the hell did that come from?

I don’t see myself finishing my March music project by the end of the month. I’ve got nine songs in progress. Three have rhythm guitars and one has vocals. Hopefully I’ll be able to add one to each count by the end of the day.

My USB interface wouldn’t connect on the new MacBook today. Not sure what’s going on there. Hopefully I only need to reboot. I used the iMic thingie (which makes TONS of noise) while recording some guitars this morning. Hopefully I can get the Lexicon thing working again. We’ll see.

RPMarch

Here’s the obligatory post-RPM Challenge post.

Now that my musical month of February is in the past, what’s next?

Well, I think I’m just going to do it again. Not the same songs, and not the longer FAWM based album, but a new recording of either 10 songs or 35 minutes. Call it RPMarch.

I’ve still got four things that I was tinkering with in January, and there was the 15th song idea from RPM that I never got to. There is also the missing Tempest Fero song that I took a listen to this evening. Those six plus four more? There is also the three unfinished things from the 2008 failure. Maybe I’ll save those for April.

Any one else want to take a shot at RPMarch?

Another bad vocal performance. Are you sensing a trend? The music to this was written on my iPad while sitting in the car in a parking lot waiting for my step daughter to get out of winter softball practice. I then transferred it to my MacBook where I used the Mac version of garageband to record the guitars (two tracks of 12-string). I then wrote and recorded the vocals while sitting in the same parking lot waiting for another softball practice to end. Fascinating, eh?

The obligatory 12-bar blues. I wanted something slightly trippy. I failed. The lyrics are based on a true story. My grandfather was a fisherman. One one trip out to sea his boat sank. He spent a few days in a lifeboat before being picked up by a passing ship. Back home, word had spread that the boat was missing but no one told my grandmother. They hid the news papers from her, and stealthily kept her away from the radio. When my grandfather finally called home to say he was alive and safe, my grandmother had no idea what he was talking about.

I thought this one was destined for the cut list, but after coming up with the chunky little rhythm guitar part in the chorus it started growing on me.

When I was a kid I worshiped 5/4 time. I wanted everything to at least slip into 5/4, even if only for a few measures. Then I discovered 7/8 and a whole new world of un-danceable rhythms was opened up to me. This one is a nod to my younger self, and an attempt to show that 5/4 can still rock your face off.

The lyrics are a bit of a throw away, inspired by something on the Huffington posts’ weird news section. Formerly known as RPM 2014 #5.

Ever so slightly remixed version of a song I posted yesterday,.. This one is a little weird. I had just minutes before written most of a song called “Not in this Lifetime” and was putzing around on the internet. I went to songfight.org and saw that the current week’s line was “not if I see you first”. Well that sounded like something I could use. My first thought was to work it into “Not in this Lifetime” but I sort of had an idea where that one needed to go so I decided to start something new.

This is that second song. I didn’t consciously write something just like “Not in this Lifetime” but that is exactly what I ended up with. The two songs are similar enough to be interchangeable. I am considering making it a medley when I piece together the final RPM Challenge CD.

Oh, and I didn’t finish it in time to submit it to songfight, so I have still never pulled one of those off.

This one is a little weird. I had just minutes before written most of a song called “Not in this Lifetime” and was putzing around on the internet. I went to songfight.org and saw that the current week’s line was “not if I see you first”. Well that sounded like something I could use. My first thought was to work it into “Not in this Lifetime” but I sort of had an idea where that one needed to go so I decided to start something new.

This is that second song. I didn’t consciously write something just like “Not in this Lifetime” but that is exactly what I ended up with. The two songs are similar enough to be interchangeable. I am considering making it a medley when I piece together the final RPM Challenge CD.

Oh, and I didn’t finish it in time to submit it to songfight, so I have still never pulled one of those off.

you won’t see me (not if I see you first)
you won’t see me (not if I see you first)
you won’t see me (not if I see you first)
you won’t see me (not if I see you first)

A bad penny always turns up
unwanted fit for a snub
Just forget it leave me alone
I don’t want you just go home

I don’t want you want you around
disappear go hide in the ground
bridges burned and buried alive
nothing left here nothing survived

Dead to me, you’re dead to me

Wah-Wah pedals are truly gifts from the heavens. I had the bass and the drums down but couldn’t come up with a rhythm guitar part. Then Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix appeared to me in a dream and this song took off. Formerly known as RPM 2014 #3.

What are you worried about
It doesn’t mean anything
you shouldn’t feel any doubt
you shouldn’t feel any sting

the only opinion that matters
is the one you get in the mirror

What are you all upset for
There is no reason to cry
Just write them off as a bore
let them figure out why

Confidence in yourself

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