New Music: I Feel Weird

Size 17 bamboo knitting needles. Or at least that's what they said they were in a past life.

Size 17 bamboo knitting needles. Or at least that’s what they said they were in a past life.

(Update 3/27/15: Song has been remixed and the remixed version is now included in this post.)

Now with knitting needles! (I had an extra pair of bamboo size 17s and thought they’d be cool to bang together.) This is a song that could be about a potential lover/partner, but also a potential anyone you’d love to talk to but don’t know how.

Also, the red frog rasp makes its Normal Fauna debut here. Other instruments: MIDI bass, electric piano, bongos, and drum set, along with the brown frog rasp and three tambourines.

The next new music post will be April 10 due to vacation. Look for a bouncy ditty about rock star depression and sports mascots!

(Apologies for the slight delay due to technical issues.)

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Gifted

Andee takes marching to her own drummer quite literally.  Photo credit:  Colleen Dommerque.

Andee takes marching to her own drummer quite literally. Photo credit: Colleen Dommerque.

Remember that creativity is a tribal experience and that tribal elders will initiate the gifted youngsters who cross their path.

–Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Gifted. What a forty-quadzillion megaton stinkbomb of a word. (Don’t hold back, Andee, tell ’em how you really feel.) When I read The Artist’s Way some 20 years ago, the quote above festooned itself to my punctured ego and wouldn’t leave. I was on the verge of not being a “youngster” any longer (although of course such things are relative), and no one who knew what they were doing had offered to “initiate” me, or teach me the ropes. In fact, they never did. Therefore, I drew the conclusion that I was not “gifted” enough to justify taking myself seriously as an artist. Continue reading

New Music: Too Many Forevers

So here I did something that people say autistics can’t do:  I wrote about other people besides myself!  This is a more lighthearted song about the bizarreness of dating, especially when you haven’t done it in a long time.  This doesn’t pertain to me at the moment, but I was there, and I know some of my friends are too.  I guess most of us have been there at some point, or will be.  And as blecherous as dating can be, if you hang in there, good stuff can happen!  (Lyrics are provided as usual.)

Once again, I played and sang everything.  Yes, the deep earthy voice (which is out front this time) and the high feathery voice are both me, with no alterations!  (Yay voice lessons.)  I made more use of virtual percussion on this one (timbales, congas, bongos, kick drum) along with virtual acoustic bass, all of which I played through the MIDI keyboard.  Also there are multiple tambourines, egg shakers, and a frame drum, which I played by hand.  And handclap tracks, again constructed from samples from stayonbeat.com.  (By now I feel like I can write an entire book on how to construct handclap tracks out of samples.)

I plan to post a new song every other Thursday night at 7 PM Pacific time (10 PM Eastern, which is 3 AM Friday UTC), until I run out of juice.  The next song will be a complete departure from the first two: a quiet ballad played on mountain dulcimer.  Seriously. Continue reading

New Music: I Didn’t Always

If I had to describe the style of this music, I would call it “percussive folk-blues.”  I wrote this, and played and sang everything. The bass line was played by a MIDI keyboard through Mixcraft.  The drums/percussion were all played by hand: a round tambourine with a skin head played with both bare hands as a drum, a crescent tambourine played both with my bare hands and with drumsticks, a frame drum played with both bare hands, and a pair of eggshaker maracas.  The handclaps were constructed from free samples courtesy of stayonbeat.com.  No premade loops!

This is probably the most vocally challenging song I’ve ever written, and I didn’t use any pitch correction on this because frankly, Gsnap is useless on stuff written in blues scale (or at least, it’s not something I know how to tinker with).  I did do lots and lots and LOTS of editing and many takes to get the vocals right.

As I mentioned before, more awesomeness might be added later, but I took it as far as I could on my own.  If you listen, let me know if you have any ideas for what’s next.  Motown strings and horns?  Guitars?  A dance remix by someone who knows how to do that?  Re-record my vocals in a pro studio?  Speed it up?  Pitch it to other singers?  Something else?  What say you?

Sound file and lyrics are below the cut.  (Though I don’t think there’s a cut if you’re reading through FB.)

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