Singing Silence – New Song Demo

Because you’ve all been so nice about the sketchy recording I posted on here a week or so ago, I thought I would treat you to a bigger better recording!

I have a confession to make. I do not appear on the recording! Nope, Jakco bought an iPad, and has been going into to creative overdrive with GarageBand (I’ve got GarageBand on the Mac, but never really figured how to use it). He plays both guitars, bass and tapped out his drum beat on the app. He’s a talented young man, and I would be very jealous of him if I weren’t riding on his coattails.

It’s a beautiful song, and I can’t wait to get it completed and play it to people!

There’s a few changes I would to see made to this before can be satisfied that it’s done. A few of the lead parts need to be played an octave deeper. We’ve also come out with better strumming patterns for my rhythm parts too.

Let me know what your thoughts are!

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Help Matt his write his book! It’s only fair after he’s kept us entertained with his stories of the far east for the last two years.

Marshmallow Sensei

Dear Readers,

This blog has always been rather lacking when it comes to the visual. I guess it comes down to a personal bias really. I’ve simply never felt like photography, specifically my attempts at photography, captured what it was I saw and felt at that moment in time. It never did justice to the memory I held. I just felt like it couldn’t capture the totality of what I experienced because that’s the limit of photography. It is able to capture a moment but not necessarily the feelings with that moment for me is imbued with.

That was always the point of this blog. It was never supposed to be an objective view of Japan. It was always my personal view. Nothing more, nothing less.

There are more than enough blogs out there claiming to tell the truth about Japan. I sincerely hope that if you read this blog…

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A Bit Of Work In Progress

So I’ve been promising you all a bit of music, and I’ve been promising you this for a very long time.

Well today I’m finally delivering!

I strummed out a chord progression on Sunday, and played it to Jacko on Wednesday, and almost immediately we turned it into this.

Now this is a real rough and ready recording. There’s clearly a lot of mistakes, but we did record this mere minutes after we wrote it and through my laptop’s built in mic. Despite all that, we both really like it!

I don’t know if we’ll be making many changes to the song and its structure. I quite like the idea of having a nice and simple song, lasting for not much more than two minutes.

But we’re not done yet! The next steps will be to get it tight and pen some lyrics.

Let me know what you think, any suggestions will be most welcome! If you’re nice I’ll pin up some other recordings for you!

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Flavour Of The Week

My favourite album of the moment is In Waves by the Floridian Metal band, Trivium.

It’s one of those records where you just take it as a whole. Listening all the way through time and time again. Each track is really that good!

For this reason it gets my much coveted rating of Double Thumbs Up!

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Lacking Direction

Tonight I have been jamming with Jacko, my long time musical collaborator. We carried on with some songs we began writing a few weeks ago, where we both brought some chords together, and Jacko started picking this really magical picking melody over the top of it.

But beyond that we struggled to get anywhere with the song. We lacked an overriding idea driving the song forward.

So the plan we devised is that over the weekend we will both, separately, write some lyrics.

I’ve already decided that I will write a tune based on the picking melody we already have. The bigger problem is what to write about.

In many way I’ve disappointed myself with the quality of my lyrics in the past, and suppressed myself from writing any more god-awful songs. I’ve got get over that little fear, and just put pen to paper.

I feel that this is probably the same old problem that I have written about before, so if you are getting deja vu, then I apologise.

Whilst digging around for an entire song I wrote some time ago, I found an old scrap piece of paper on which I wrote a line on. By way of apology, here it is!

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It reads; “Take it fucking easy, you got all day long, flexitime and pension plans, you forgot whats right and wrong”.

I wrote this not long after I started my very first job. I was clearly unimpressed with my colleagues.

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I Want Your Loveletters!

So a few weeks ago I wrote about my favourite band Rise Against, explaining what I love about their songs.

Now I want to know about your favourite band and your favourite songs! Drop a comment in below, and we can discover some new music.

Make it as long or as short as you like, I don’t mind what genre, whether they are an artist, band, composer or whatever. All I ask is that you love their music and it moves you.

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Britain’s Got The X Factor Voice Talent

Tonight my housemate has been watching ‘The Voice’, BBC’s answer to the X Factor.

I really hope that these televised talent shows aren’t broadcast overseas. Otherwise our foreign friends will think the British are a nation of cheering idiots.

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