Here are some songs I have been working on over the last year or so. I don’t have a lot of time for my music hobby, but the kids are growing up and it is becoming easier. It brings me a lot of pleasure when I manage to bring a project closer to how it sounds in my mind.
Trying to discover my own singing style, I recorded a Leonard Cohen and a Nick Drake song.
Singing this, I was struck by the depth and beauty of Cohen’s lyrics. It’s incredible stuff, I have a lot of Cohen’s poetry, but I think his lyrical strength really lies with his songs. My fingerstyle guitar on this track is a bit brutal, and not quite accurate to the original. The picture here shows part of my set up in the studio as I was recording.
I couldn’t quite get the high notes on Pink Moon, and I changed the arrangement around a little, putting the piano at the end. Such a strange, haunting song, from Drake’s last album. It is always interesting to play with Drake’s unusual tunings, but it means that you can’t just pick up any old guitar and play a Drake song without remembering what all the strings are supposed to be doing.
This is an unfinished song I am working on with a strange time signature; bars of 5, 5, 5 & 6 beats add up to 21, so it also makes three bars of 7, which is the rhythm of the ‘john’ vocal, loosely anyhow.
I composed this song as part of my Sanskrit studies, after we studied Abhijñānashākuntala. The kids helped me here. It is a bit of a rag tag effort.
This is one of the more wistful sounding songs I’m working on.
Another using the 5/4 time signature, reminiscent a little of Lennon’s Working Class Hero, and actually there is some ‘rhapsody in blue’ in here if you listen hard..
Some more of my song experiments are on soundcloud. As I get my garage studio together I am finding it easier to make reasonable recordings for uploading. A lot of these I hope to improve on as I get better with the technology.
This was my studio a few months ago, it is already much improved!