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OMFG! Download the new record, FREE

August 11, 2010 3 comments

Hello Freepers! I know you’re Freeping excited about the new record, You’re Still You in Camouflage.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait any longer. Go to my new bandcamp Website and download the entire thing now in the format of your choice! OMFG!!

For future reference, you can always use the FREEP MUSIC DOWNLOADS hyperlink at the right.

For you email subscribers, the website is: http://www.fearlessfreep.bandcamp.com. You’ll definitely want to bookmark it or add it to your favorites!

From the site, you can stream every song on 2009’s This Island Life and the just-released You’re Still You in Camouflage. There are several free downloads between both records. If you want whole albums, YSYIC is free – at least for right now. This Island Life can be purchased in its entirety for $8. It’s worth it, just ask my Mom!

Rock on!

C

Letters: Simplify, Simply, Simplify

June 21, 2010 5 comments

 

After a few rather complicated (for me) tunes, I decided to do one that I didn’t have to think about and didn’t require a lot of tricky math (going from full speed to 3/4 requires a bit of thinking to program drums, especially if you’re changing time signature as well).

Peace. Bring 'em home.

 

This song’s simple and steady from beginning to end. It’s steady, but I think it has a nice build throughout. It’s a slow burner – I always like those. I dashed the main structure and lyrics off in a few hours yesterday, and went back today for the finishing touches – drum fills, synths, etc. The solo, too – I wish it were better. If anyone out there wants to guest solo, lemme know! We’ll figure out a way to do it.

One further note, this is the second song of this most recent batch that deals with the war(s) and the hardships caused at home. I don’t want to get political here. Suffice to say, I hope the sacrifices we’re making in Iraq and Afghanistan will in the end be worth it. I have my doubts. Meantime, may everyone over there get home safe and soon.

Here is Letters:

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Like a bridge over oiled water

June 15, 2010 5 comments

I changed the bridge around. The old one was too grating.

The words to the bridge are similar to the old one, but it’s not in double time.

“You said out of sight would be out of mind/ that’s what you led us to believe / but we’ve come to find that what comes in with the tide – it doesn’t wash back out to sea”

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Playing with time signature: Rainbows

June 13, 2010 2 comments

Finished another one. I wanted to write something in a non-4/4 (or 3/4) signature. So here is Rainbows. It switches back and forth between 10/4 in the verses and 4/4 in the chorus.

The bridge is … different. I can’t decide if I like it. Here it is. Enjoy!

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Rainbows

The beach is empty. Come on down – you’ll love it.

We can’t swim baby, but we can make the most of it.

We’ll watch them cleanup from the hotel window

There’s no reason to call on ahead …

And I hope you like your summers hot

‘cause down here, love, it’s all we got

I hope you like it humid, too

‘cause it rains every afternoon

The rainbows float and ripple on the surface

Did you think none of us would ever notice?

The wind will tell you who to write checks to

Go ahead and cancel your plans

I hope you like your summers hot

‘cause down here, love, that’s all we got

I hope you like it humid, too

‘cause it rains every afternoon

Out of sight and out of mind … that’s how you said it would be

Until it washes up with the tide

And ends up there on the beach

Will you clean this up or go back to making profit?

Put on a show now before you walk away from it

Dig someplace else – I’m sure we’re gonna let you

After all, we gotta fill up

I hope you like your summers hot

‘cause round here, babe, it’s all we got

I hope you like it humid, too

‘cause it rains every afternoon

I hope you like your summers hot

‘cause right now, doll, here, it’s all we got

I hope you like it humid, too

‘cause it rains every afternoon

The (whole) Wave

May 15, 2010 4 comments

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You can see the high-water mark.

 

The Wave

I got two damn cars

Both need baths

One don’t start

I like to wait until dark, drop the top down and look up at the stars

The highway wind

The highway sounds

I could keep on driving, get the hell out of town

But I know there’s no escape from this place

It’s optimistic, it’s down in flames

 

You know love it’s hard to say

We search the city for a complicated truth:

the water mark from the receding wave

that left the wreckage that we all sift through

 

The years fly by, it’s true

You climb in a cannon

You light up the fuse

And right before the big boom

We realize just how much we stand lose

The highway winds

The highway sounds

We could keep on driving, get the hell out of town

But we know it’s just another mirage

‘Cause you’re still you in camouflage

 

 

Strange memories on this nervous evening

Seems like an era since we left San Francisco

And as we watch the great wave receding

We realize history is hard to know

We realize history is hard to know …

 

So less than five years on

We climb up the hillside and look beyond

To see the high-water line

Where the wave rolled back and left us behind

The highway calls

The pull of the road

You could redline the needle

Set a course for home

But you know that could never go back

Just comb the desert for artifacts

 

The Wave

May 15, 2010 2 comments

I relied heavily on Hunter Thompson's notion of Vegas for of this song.

 

I know … I know …

It’s not that I haven’t been playing music, it’s just that I haven’t been writing about playing music.

But fear not, friends, fans and followers! Here is a taste of my newest song, tentatively titled The Wave.

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I got two damn cars

Both need baths

One don’t start

I like to wait until dark, drop the top down and look up at the stars

The highway winds

The highway sounds

I could keep on driving, get the hell out of town

But I know there’s no escaping this place

It’s optimistic, it’s down in flames

You know love it’s hard to say

We search the city for a complicated truth:

the water mark from the receding wave

that left the wreckage that we all sift through

Copyright: What’s Mine is (Officially) Mine!

April 12, 2010 2 comments

 

You know what this means - HANDS OFF!

 

Exciting news on digital front! My songs are now protected by the U.S. Copyright Office. Over the weekend, I submitted all of the recordings from the last two albums (plus a handful of others) for official protection.

It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time but have been putting off; it seemed daunting, what with federal forms, fees, etc. But I finally started doing some research and it turned out to be pretty simple.

Musicians can copyright many works under a single copyright. A handy electronic upload feature at the federal copyright office Web site, www.copyright.gov, expedites the process. Cost? For $35, I now have the legal copyright on almost 30 tunes. When I get another group of ten or so, I’ll file again and so on.

Chances are I’ll never need the copyright. But $35 is pretty cheap insurance, just in case. Because it is the federal government, the Web site warns that it “can take as long as 22 months” for them to respond and mail you your official paperwork. (Apparently, the U.S. Senate can pass a health care reform bill in the time it takes for the Copyright office to acknowledge that, yes, I wrote some songs.) But the copyright is effective from the date the office receives the application and processing fee.

So my songs are officially my songs, now. Yeah! To celebrate, why not listen to Fossils, the title track from my summer, 2009 release?

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Rock on!

C

A new peppy project

April 10, 2010 2 comments

This morning I got a new little project started. I’ve been a little obsessed with the double-time country beat lately. Everything sounds so peppy! Check it out:

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It’s just a simple, two-chord progression that I think sounds pretty cool. There are a few layers of guitars, plus a little rockabilly-style call-and-response track (which needs to be redone, obviously, but you get the idea). It’s not included here, but I have an idea how the song will open up from this progression to the other parts.

What is this tune ultimately going to be about? I have no idea. Something peppy, though!

In other music news, I am going to Mandalay Bay tonight to see Muse and the Silversun Pickups. Pretty exciting, as I haven’t seen either band before. I’m looking forward to the show and am hoping to come back with at least one or two new musical ideas.

Rock on!

C

A Few Ideas, Pt. 5: People in Picture Frames

April 4, 2010 3 comments

All done! I sat down this morning and finished the song. I’ve decided it’s called People in Picture Frames. Here it is with lyrics below. Rock on!

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Sometime he’s jealous of people they sell us in picture frames

With their picture-perfect lives

And their picture-perfect smiles

On their picture-perfect days

 

Is it ironic that I Photoshopped myself into this frame?

He knows they’re not real but he hates them just the same

Sometime he’s jealous of people they sell us in picture frames


Sometimes she’d like to just go and set fire to her magazines

With the Photoshop faces and digital waists on the fashion queens

She knows better than to believe it

‘Cause it ain’t reality

Sometimes she’d like to just go and set fire to her magazines


You and I – we’re real tonight

What you see is what you get

And this big old world seems ruthless sometimes

But it won’t change us

We’ll change it


You turn on the TV, there’s nothing to see but fake tits and ass

Put ‘em on prime time and give ‘em some wine

Watch ‘em fight for cash

It’s a high price for fame

For ten minutes that don’t last

Put ‘em on prime time and give ‘em some win watch ‘em fight for cash


You and I – we’re real tonight

What you see is what you get

And this big old world seems ruthless sometimes

But it won’t change us

We’ll change it


All our lives are for sale you can order by mail and be satisfied

Any slogan will work if it fits on a shirt

Even if it’s a lie …

A Few Ideas, Pt. 3: Painfully slow progress

March 22, 2010 4 comments

 

Get an Apple. Rock out in your bedroom.

 

Still working on my new little tune. As promised, I’ve been diligent about saving different versions so I track and share my progress. This song has been a little slower in coming that most. Don’t know for sure, but I may be unconsciously trying too hard, knowing that the process is going to be immortalized on the World Wide InterWeb. But who am I kidding? Nobody reads this blog anyway!

Since I last checked in, I’ve started to think more about structure and arrangement – where the verses go, where the chorus goes, the bridge and transitions, etc. I wrote a few different lyrics, mostly to have something to sing at first. I only wrote enough for one verse, which I sing twice; you can tell I didn’t bother memorizing it very well on the second run-through. By the end, and particularly in the bridge section, I am just making up sounds as I go.

(I you missed my previous blog about vowel sounds and nonsense lyrics).

I’ve also started layering and adding flourishes to different sections, building character and distinguishing the different parts. There is still much to add, including a bass part and probably some subtle synths. I usually do those parts last, right before the final mix. After the bridge section will be one more half verse and full chorus. At least, that is the current plan.

If anyone’s curious, there are currently 16 distinct instrument tracks in this version. That will probably grow to 20 or 25 by the time the process is done. They aren’t all playing at once, of course. The fullest section, near the beginning of the second verse, has six or so tracks playing simultaneously, including four guitar parts.

Enjoy the latest version:

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More updates as they happen. Until then, rock on!

C