Friday, March 24, 2017

Our Truck

We've talked about it, and we want to incorporate our truck.  We bought it in Colorado when we lived there, and we're looking at selling it now.  So, we're hoping to remember it by filming it.  Making it the setting of our first music video.  So, we'll detail it, wash it, and fix a few things to make it look its best.  Maybe we'll begin shooting this week...

First video to work on

The song we're thinking about working on first is "Sing Your People".  We're all singing on this one, and we have this idea of a video that will require a lot of close up shots. So, the more people singing - the better.  This is the first worship song that I wrote so it seems appropriate for this to be the first video we make.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Oreo discussion

Good times reminiscing about recording. And lunch.

Deep Fat Fried Oreos

When I asked Aubri about her last experience recording in the studio, I thought it would be a good question to ask... to put on our site. We were stuck with not much to do downtown. It was a great conversation, but not really what I was shooting for. She mostly recalled leaving the studio for lunch - of course...  We went to a nearby Chinese restaurant in downtown Tacoma. It was good food.  We didn't plan on doing desert. We didn't expect was dessert. We didn't order dessert.  But lo and behold these... odd, things, showed up. Weren't sure what they were at first.  Turns out: Deep Fat fried Oreos. Brought to us by the owners, as a gift. Kind staff. We didn't order them, we didn't see them on the menu, and even if we had... nah.   We've had pink peppermint Oreos before, double stuffed Oreos, Oreos ala mode. Had birthday cake Oreos once as a family. But those were nothing compared to this new oreo-esk experience. And because there are thousands of readers of this blog who are very curious about our recording experiences, we will describe these unusual, Oreos. To both of our readers: Beneath rainbow colored sprinkles atop swirls of whipped cream, lay the surprisingly good tasting yet odd, fried, Oreos. The picture below is not of our actual Oreos, but an internet knockoff. As I recall, Andrea was the first to suggest, while chewing her desert, that she might be eating an Oreo, that is, after taking a bite of the unidentified object... We laughed. We thought she was kidding, at first. My kids aren't very daring when it comes to food. Not at all. But when it comes to Desert, it can be a No Holds Barred type of thing. Now, Aubri would say that she is fairly daring, although I don't remember - perhaps she was the very first to bite into the strange creamy sprinkle covered somewhat circular concoction.  Okay, so now you know about deserts experienced whilst in the studio.  Wait. She also remembers creating up-back up parts with her sisters in the studio. No Doubt, with Oreo breath... (my words, definitely not hers.) I really liked the vocals they made up. Aubri does admit that Baelina made up most of the backup vocals. She and her sister Andrea mostly harmonized with Baelina. This brings us to the end of Aubri contemplating her most recent... previous experience in the studio. And of her coinciding, remarkable. Oreo experience.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

keep old plates spinning

For someone who desires to both perform and write, a decent amount of time needs to be spent on both writing new material and practicing older songs. When you're working a day job, and have 4 kids, a mortgage, etc... neither of these seem to not get enough attention. Constant juggling act. How well do you want to be able to perform your old songs? How fast do you want to write new ones? How tired of your old ones are you getting? etc... how bad you want to crawl under your house and fix your broken sewer pipe instead of practicing? The one right there by that big nasty puddle. Life and its demands - good times. 

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Monday, January 2, 2017

writing while working

Sometimes my current job can be a bit mindless. Painting, mudding, sanding, gluing, framing.  they all take my attention, but not much thought. I will typically write songs or vocal melodies while I build. I'll replay some guitar riffs in my head until I like the structure. Or, I'll play some prerecorded stuff of a friend... on my phone until they're memorized... rebuild their sounds into a structure that I like.  Time can fly when I'm thinking about music. And hey, I just got paid to arrange a song.