012317 Smushed Intro into
the start of Jackson
Browne. May also
try to wedge in Bloof,
another little bit that
was born in Houston.
012217 Sang a dozen takes
of the intro to Trash
Bag Launderette and
sent it off to Paris.
012117 Dave has started to
upload takes of
Trash Bag Lauderette
to my DropBox. By
the way, he's using
Stu Cook's 1999
Modulus Genesis 5
string bass. Stu of
course is the bassist
for Creedence Clearwater
Revival and Creedence
012017 I'm giving Paris Three
Bells. Made some
progress on Windy but
still needs some love.
Working today on
resurrecting Windy. This
was a song Jason and I
fooled around with in
the early days of this
project and was one of
the first songs we worked
on for Her Bows. I'll
be giving it a better piano
performance today and
re-cut the vocals and
The outro for this song
is an old demo of mine
called Today. I will give
Paris the option of using
my original stereo demo
or the reworking of the
song I did last year.
I need to learn how to
use the Solo Safe function
in Pro Tools today. This
will strengthen and lengthen
my relationships with
sound engineers who are
tasked with mixing my
011917 Uploading Sink Down
for Paris to mix. Should
have Three Bells ready
011817 Uploading White Girls,
Gardenaire and Blue in
the Veins for P to mix.
011717 Added some more
vocal parts and bass
lines to Jackson Browne.
Re-sang all of the bits
in Blue in the Veins.
011617 Trying to get a couple
of songs to take to
Paris tomorrow. I
decided on Gardenaire
and White Girls.
Trash Bag Launderette
and NowHere (again)
are waiting on a bass
parts from Dave,
I need to add a few
more vocal takes to
Blue in the Veins
and Three Bells and
Sink Down needs
Gave back Jezebel's
Worked more on
Michael's new song.
011517 Got down the guts
of an idea Michael
011417 Dave had a go at
the bass for Trash
Latest "Similar Artists"
from Pandora Radio:
The Delta Riggs
Revolution, I Love You
011117 Sent Dave an MP3
of NowHere Again
with Allen's drum
tracks so that he
can build a bass
Woke up early and put
some finishing touches
on Sink Down. Will
run by Michael tonight
before handing off to
011017 Sink Down is starting to
sound like Bananarama.
010917 Worked on the outro
of Sink Down and added
new vocal takes to
Gardenaire and White Girl.
Futzed around with vocal
melodies for Bloof.
010817 Have a dozen drummers
to audition but ran out of
songs that need drums.
Allen drummed on the
first 6, I did Sink Down
and I am thinking of
reviving Windy, which
already has Allen's parts
on it. That leaves a couple
of songs to prepare for
I think the right way to
go about this is to
schedule drummers in
2 hour blocks to
track the 2 songs.
Then we can decide
who we got along with
and had the best
010717 Borrowed Jezebel's Rode
NTK while my mic is out
on loan and am determined
to track vocals for all 7 songs
There's a time when a man
has to ask: "Will more
songs fall out of my bottom if
I buy a 6 string banjo OR a
Getting some great drummer
responses from the ad. Also,
Dave gave me the numbers of
a couple of people he has
010617 Added some bass ideas
to Sink Down using
the Music Man.
Dave came by and
hung out for a bit. Now
I want a Hulusi.
010417 Re-cut a sloppy acoustic
in Gardenaire and the
Kent Americana in Trash
010217 Got drum parts from
Allen (with engineering
help from Thomas
Montgomer) for White
Girl, Gardenaire, Three
Bells, Blue in the Veins,
NowWhere (again) and
An amazing talent
as you will discover
once the amazingly
Meagher has mixed
and mastered our
010117 So excited about Allen
coming am I, that I
put out some feelers
for drummers to
contribute on a more
Tuning Drums Day. Ew.
123016 After enduring months of
sass and shaming from
Dave and Thomas I finally
invested in some quality
guitar and mic cables.
122916 Thomas had another go
at bass (fretless Percission
and Music Man Stingray)
for White Girl, Gardenaire
and Three Bells.
Need to buy Allen sticks
for Monday. 5B-7A.
122816 Thomas had a go at bass
parts for White Girl and
came by and we ate
122616 After trying every gimmick
I could think of to occupy
a moment in White Girl
I finally settled on just a
classical guitar and piano
and I like it super much.
122416 "juiceboxberries" Similar Artists
list on iHeart Radio:
Dave Lee Roth
I don't know whether to
laugh or whimper or wheeze.
122216 Scheduled time with Thomas
next week to record bass for
White Girl and Gardenaire.
122116 Michael and I pawed through
the fragments of songs we
have saved up to see what
is worthy of pursuing.
Re-cut all of the guitars in
White Girl to my satisfaction
only to discover that a mic
in the room wasn't completely
muted so there is significant
bleed because I used the
monitors instead of
headphones. Still, the
arrangement of the song
is complete and I only
need to up the quality
of some of the parts.
121916 Big boxes of guitar tracks
on White Girl. I am in the
removing spices stage of
arranging the song.
121816 Still dry humping White Girl
trying to create sparks.
121716 Smashed two ideas together
and What a Day for the White Girl
121316 Her Bows on Pandora Radio
121016 The juiceboxberries cover
has magically re-appeared
on Pandora. Long live
120916 Michael and I spent the
evening listening to
songs and making notes.
Both took a couple of
stabs at drunkenly
bellowing parts during
the outro of Trash Bag.
120716 The chalky little turd that
is my muse gave me
enough words to finish
Gardenaire today. Added
better vocal takes on
Three Bells, Gardenaire
and Trash Bag Launderette.
120516 Focused on getting some
good takes of the Trash
Bag Launderette intro
with the new verse.
Patrick Meagher is going
to be mixing and mastering
the next album.
120416 Gardenaire, Three Bells,
Trash Bag Launderette &
Blue in the Veins sent to
120316 "juiceboxberries" and
"Her Bows" now at
Mills Record Company
Added loads of guitars
to Three Bells.
Set up a basic template,
cover image and fonts
for the alternate album
Always enjoy watching the
JMLP Similar Artists list
on Pandora Radio evolve
as we add albums:
Angels & Airwaves
The Delta Riggs
120116 Cut some Blue in
the Veins vocal tracks
with the new lyrics,
made the Three Bells
my latest revisions
and re-sang the intro
to Trash Bag Launderette.
I've been getting lyrics
in the middle of the night
lately. Got a verse for
Launderette on the 30th
and 3 verses for Blue
in the Veins last night.
Sleep would have been
nice but some people
can't sleep and get
nothing in return for
113016 Dave played around with
bass parts for Gardenaire,
Three Bells and Trash Bag
112816 Lathered more meat upon
Gardenaire, Three Bells and
Trash Bag Launderette.
112616 Fleshed out Gardenaire and
sent Dave a copy to use to
develop a bass line. Then it's
off to Allen for drum consideration.
Going to try to finish Three Bells
...and worked on Trash Bag
112416 Had a little challenge today.
Gardenaire was built from
some bits I recorded in Houston
on a MacBook. I guess when
I imported them into Pro Tools 12
the session defaulted to 44.1 kHz
instead of 48 kHz, which is what
I use for everything else. So,
when I would exit a Gardenaire
session and load something
else Pro Tools would freak out
about the difference and I
would have to continually exit
and restart. How could I
convert Gardenaire to 48 kHz?
I tried creating a new session
at 48 k and then importing the
44.1 project. This fails because
the import screen (and this is
a well-documented issue) is
longer than the computer screen
and if you attempt to resize it
it disappears. Went for a walk
to think about it. Came back,
opened up Gardenaire, launched
the Save As process and
discovered that it had an option
for the frequency! Worked
like a charm. Rock and also
112116 Added a moog solo to
112016 Back from a short trip south.
Took one of the old MacBooks
for Garageband and a half-sized
classical guitar to write with.
Got the guts of Gardenaire.
111116 Made a new project out of the
old NowHere ending and fleshed
out a new little guitar ditty. I'm
starting to feel juicy again.
Saving some time today to explore:
Indian Run - Spindrift
Everything Happens for the Best - Dick Flood
Going Nowhere - The Nukes
Tid Tom Ta Lai - Man City Lion
Floating on a Cloud - Christopher Blue
Poo Yai Lee/Green Onions - Louis Kennedy
Suppanahong - Johnny Guitar
Brave Awakening - Terry Reid
Dont Worry Tracy - Christopher Blue
Close to Me - Charles Manson
Dreaming Casually - Little Willie and Thee Midniters
You Said I'd Never Love Again - Faye Tucker
Baroque #1 - Ultimate Spinach
Nom Sami Mai - Saknatee Srichiangmai
110916 Physical CDs available at cdbaby.
The moment you find yourself believing that somehow
you can survive this, visualize how happy Ted Nugent
is right now.
110716 Physical CDs mailed off and should be available
online in a few days.
Working on resurrecting Windy, Starting by
striking the intro and upgrading some of the
110416 CDs should arrive today. CD release party tonight.
"Her Bows" should be up on Pandora in a few
110316 Her Bows now on YouTube, Spotify and
110216 Got together and ran through Three Bells
several times live. Shannon showed up
and we retired to the piano with Dave's
stand up bass and ran through Carly
Michael pointed out how similar
the colors for the album artwork
of "juiceboxberries" and The Uncle
Devil Show's "Terrible Beauty"
are. This pleases me.
110116 Allen Johnston coming on Jaunary 3rd
to record drums on the 3rd album.
Her Bows now
available at Amazon.com
Her Bows now available
...and no, I don't have an issue with Billy
Corgan. Billy Corgan's Cadillac just sounds
awesome together, it rhymed with the
gibberish that was holding its place and
he does happen to be a popular music
rebel who ended up doing pretty well
financially. It wrote itself.
103116 And we have liftoff.
Day six of waiting on the review results
for digital distribution of Her Bows. It
took just 3 days for juiceboxberries.
102816 Player and store
for Her Bows now
up! Physical CDs
available in about
Already lobbying for "Trashbag Launderette"
as the title for the 3rd album. Current
response from Forlorn Petunioideae
102716 You can listen to Her Bows and
Billy Corgan's Cadillac here and
I always forget how long the CDBaby
Digital Distribution process takes to
finalize. It took 4 days for juiceboxberries
so we are probably looking at Her Bows
being dumped on the planet by 11/01/16.
102616 Final master in hand and uploading the
songs to be printed. If I can get the
artwork done today this little monster will
be leaking onto the web by the weekend.
102516 Now that I am about a day away from
pulling the trigger on this album I am
getting cold feet on the artwork. I sent
a PDF to Graeme Walker for feedback
yesterday and he helped me with
some justification issues. Just
wringing my hands now over the title
Track 1 "Her Bows"
0:00.000/4:38.980 (4:38.980 runtime)
Track 2 "Juno Contacto"
4:38.980/7:54.231 (3:15.250 runtime)
Track 3 "Billy Corgan's Cadillac"
7:54.231/12:21.826 (4:27.594 runtime)
Track 4 "Jacob's Ladder"
12:21.826/16:21.575 (3:59.749 runtime)
Track 5 "nothingood"
16:21.575/21:13.187 (4:51.612 runtime)
Track 6 "Pool"
21:13.187/24:41.704 (3:28.517 runtime)
Track 7 "Cleo the Liar"
24:41.704/27:48.240 (3:06.535 runtime)
Track 8 "Maryland Mansion"
27:48.240/30:25.837 (2:37.597 runtime)
Track 9 "NowHere"
30:25.837/34:14.464 (3:48.627 runtime)
Track 10 "Ordinary Guy"
34:14.464/36:47.991 (2:33.526 runtime)
Track 11 "Corky Finds Something"
36:47.991/38:49.237 (2:01.246 runtime)
(38:49.237 total runtime)
Graeme Walker is giving me
some 11th feedback on the
102316 Got mastered album back from
Thomas. Gave it one run through
today. Will listen s'more tomorrow.
102116 Waxing nostalgic listening to the
nearly completed 2nd album. We
started writing and rehearsing songs
for Her Bows in early December of
last year (with Allen recording drums
for Windy and Corky on New Years
Eve) and finished with Ordinary Guy
on October 7th. I've learned so much
during the making of this album. Corky
was started on the MacBook using
Garageband (the same setup we used
for juiceboxberries) so I had to learn Pro
Tools 12 and a lovely variety of plug-ins
during the making of. I think it was more
fun to make because we were starting to
get more comfortable with the writing and
recording process. Less flailing around.
Listened several times to the tracks in
sequence to get a feel for how the album
will flow. Thomas is now working on the
Got the track sequence for Her Bows from
Billy Corgan's Cadillac
Cleo the Liar
Corky Finds Something
102016 Worked up a guitar solor for MTTROM.
Single mixing adjustment from last
night's session sent to Thomas.
101916 Listened to Her Bows mixes with Dave
and Michael. Dave had a run at bass
on the temporarily named Michael to the
Right of Me.
Purchased the Vahalla Vintage reverb and
like it. Room and Plate will follow.
101816 Paris and Thomas have talked me into
getting te Vahalla Plate, Room and
101716 Played around with some vocal ideas for
Michael to the Right of Me.
101616 Added an M-Audio SP-Triple Keyboard
Pedal with Sustain, Soft, and Sostenuto
Functions to the studio. Pretty sure I'll
only ever use the sustain.
101116 A horrific escalation of tinnitus symptoms
after spending most of the day under
headphones. Going to take a break
for a week and then ease back into aural
101016 Listened to the latest mixes with Thomas.
We're very close.
Played around with Hashtag Laundromat
for a few hours. Added piano, drums,
acoustic, tamby and some scratch
100916 Pick up a copy of juiceboxberries in
Japan for just ¥ 1,400.
100816 Ran into Dennis Jones at
a party. Dennis recorded
one of my early bands at
Hear Hear. My first time
in a studio. He recorded
us on 4 track. Tape.
With a spring reverb.
Added Slate Digital
Trigger Platinum Drum
to the JMLP studio.
I'm just old enough
that I'm still uneasy
money on something
that you download vs
and blinking in a rack.
Speaking of racks,
I almost bought a
used Roland GP-100
because GFS used
one all the way through
"12". It then struck
me that we didn't
use it on "Sleepnovox"
because it had died.
Reset shopping cart.
100716 Ordinary Guy
handed to Thomas.
Future moments to
of mixing, completion
of mastering, CDs in
hand and digital
100516 Added one last
Ordinary Guy vocal
take and have the
files ready to go to
Thomas on Friday.
100416 Added an Ordinary Guy
100316 Got a decent vocal take
for Ordinary Guy. Wasn't
happy with the tube preamp
settings so will have another
go tomorrow and then off
to what we in the business
calll "Post Production" or
Thomas is having a difficult
time replacing the piano
parts with the new samples
because they have already
been slip-edited and/or
automated. This makes
it challenging to import
and lineup the new parts.
Fortunately it only
involves 4 songs.
100216 Since we are about done
with Her Bows I began the
process of adding some
of the ideas that I had
on my phone to Pro Tools.
We already have about 8
songs in various states of
undress so it's not going
to take long to come up
with another 10 good
ones for our third album.
More Ordinary Guy vocal
takes. Thomas may have
to build this syllable by
100116 Met with Thomas. Gave
him NowHere and talked
Paris told me to get the
Alicia's Keys sample
package for piano. And
I did. Big memory hog
but the samples are nice.
Converted the pianos in
Billy Corgan, Juno Contacto,
Jacob's Ladder and Cleo
093016 Had a bit of a cookout
with most of the key
players in attendance.
Everybody signed off on
the alternate NowHere
ending. Will give that
to Thomas this weekend.
Artwork has also been
092716 Three more Ordinary Guy
092616 Got the recording of
the machinery from
Dave and it fits better
than I had dared to
imagine. Or something
like that. Nice fit.
Going to track a few
more vocals for
Ordinary Guy today
and then hand this
albatross off to Thomas.
This will just leave NowHere
and it's mystery ending as
the last problem to solve.
092516 Becoming more
sure-handed with Illustrator
and the album cover is
looking more like an
092416 Now that I'm responsible
for my own product I
recall with new eyes
Paris hastily cross-fading
and consolidating regions
before Thomas could see
them during the Sleepnovox
sessions. That little trick
between wearing a padded
bra and changing your test
score from a B to an A.
092316 Sent Thomas notes for the
mixes. Had a few more runs
at Ordinary Guy and the end
092216 Dave recorded some clanky
and hissy machine sounds
that we want to use in
092116 Set up Her Bows as a new
project with DiscMakers so
that I can test my work as I
learn Illustrator 10. Have
created the jacket and CD
artwork and added text
and everything looks good
Listened to the NowHere
ending over and over and
finally threw up my hands
and just cut the swing part
and tripped out the ending.
Now I have to sell it to my
I want to try some voice
doubling on the lead for
Ordinary Guy at the end
of the week.
092016 Thomas printed (vs bouncing)
me new mixes of the
stuff he's finished and it is
amazing. The difference
between printing and bouncing
is amazing and his work is
Dave feels like the swing
part in NowHere may not
require a team of Super
Friends to make it work
so I will play with
re-cutting some drum
takes over the next
few days so that we can
get it to Thomas.
091916 Recorded drums for an
idea I had and a B part
for Three Bells. Tried
some more Ordinary
Guy takes but the
work over the weekend
091716 More vocal takes for
Ordinary Guy. Hit the
128 audio tracks maximum
and had to go on a
091616 Still trying different vocal
approaches to Ordinary Guy.
Thomas plans to have mixes
for Pool and Billy Corgan
early next week.
091516 Fresh box of juiceboxberries
091416 Dave had a gig so Michael
and I spent the session
going over album cover
mock-ups. Agreed in
principle on a title,
cover and back cover.
091216 Worked some more on the
Ordinary Guy vocal. That
song will be ready to go
once I get a good take,
leaving NowHere and its
swing part at the end as
the last song to finish.
091016 Did some album cover mockups.
Kristen ITC for JMLP and Vijaya
for the title both using #DDD771
and Mangal for the 2nd option
using #D7E0E9 for JMLP and
#F6F9FD for the title. Toying
with Her Boys, NowHere and
nothingood as titles.
090916 Thomas came by and recorded
a piano part during the Billy
Corgan outro and a bass part
for Ordinary Guy. He took
home Billy Corgan for
mixing. Two to go.
090716 Dave had a go at the verses
Ordinary Guy and added a
a few more bass passes to
Billy Corgan. We listened to
some of the finished mixes.
Thinking this album could be
done by Thanksgiving.
Dave left a microKORG
at the studio. Look out.
090516 Did another 3,000 vocal
takes on Ordinary Guy, a
song challenging my Three
Blind Mice comfort zone.
Finishing up Jacob's Ladder
to give to Thomas tomorrow.
That leaves Ordinary Guy,
Billy Corgan's Cadillac and
NowHere to tidy up before
090416 Sent off a current version of
the swing bit at the end of
NowHere to Dave Bostwick.
090316 Rachel and Shannon added
backing vocals to Ordinary Guy
and Jacob's Ladder.
090216 Ordered another pile of CDs.
090116 ...and Pool delivered to
Thomas brought over a mix
of nothingood and we talked
about it. I played him Pool
and Ordinary Guy.
Re-sang Pool and added
some harmonies to Jacob's
083116 Michael and I listened to
the balance of songs to
be mixed but the important
thing is that he actually
said "...jazz, to the point
Thomas dropped off an
extended version of Her Bows
to audition. It's growing
082716 Another session working on
Pool. Getting close.
082616 Spent some time trying to
sex up Jacob's Ladder. I
don't think that I succeeded.
Also spent some time
working on Pool and think I
may have gotten closer to
improving the chorus.
There is that moment, at the
height of deconstruction, that
panic sets in and you wonder
if you should try to refill the
hole you just spent an hour
digging. I kept digging.
082516 Added more vocal takes to
nothingood and whisked it
off to Thomas.
082416 Dave and I listened to mixes
and decided that nothingood
and Billy Corgan's Cadillac
were ready to send to Thomas.
We talked about how the
swing part at the end of
NowHere isn't working and
he suggested getting some
proper musicians together
to record the bit and set
the wheels in motion. How
neato is that?
According to Pandora, similar
Angels & Airwaves
The Delta Riggs
"To start things off, we'll play a
song that exemplifies the musical
style of Johnny Marie & the
Lonesome Petunias which features
punk influences, mild rhythmic
syncopation, mixed minor & major
key tonality, a vocal-centric aesthetic
and slide guitars."
082316 Did a few more vocal takes on
Pool with the tube pre-amp.
Also tried some alternate takes
on the chorus. Still need to iron
that out and a percussion bit
that is annoying me.
082216 More vocal takes for Pool,
Ordinary Guy and Billy Corgan.
Added fresh acoustic guitars
082116 Shannon added vocals to
Thomas has the first 4 mixes
ready to sign off on.
Added loads of harmonies to Three
Bells when I should have been adding
loads of chords and verses. Or
finishing the 6 remaining songs for
the 2nd album.
082016 Added some slide guitar ideas to
BIlly Corgan and created a demo
session for Three Bells.
081816 With the keyboard and Pro Tools
working in harmony I had yet
another go at tightening up
the end of NowHere.
And here is what finally worked:
Disable the Unknown device
Power off computer
Plug in computer
Power on computer
Correct device found
One variable that may have been
critical: I originally had a multi-USB
port adapter in-between the keyboard
and the USB port that I removed
for troubleshooting purposes.
Apparently Windows wanted to
see the adapter???
081716 A couple of days spent wrestling with
what appears to be a common problem.
Suddenly, after working for months, the
M-Audio Keystation 88 Pro is no longer
recognized. I either get the malfunctioned
error or the device unknown error. I've
dealt with this before but apparently did
not document the solution. Schmer.
081316 Shannon added harmonies to parts
of Ordinary Guy and Billy Corgan.
081116 Physical CDs are now available. Check
out the Links page for retailer options.
BTW, these are not CDRs or Pro CDRs.
These are proper CDs produced at
081016 Michael and Dave recorded harmonies
for Billy Corgan's Cadillac and the
bridge in Ordinary Guy.
Someone complimented the backing
vocal arrangements on juiceboxberries
yesterday, and I realized that we
haven't done a lot of band harmonies
on the 2nd record. So, tonight...
080916 Submitted We Don't Do That and Falstaff
080816 More vocal takes for Ordinary Guy, Pool
and Billy Corgan.
080716 More vocal takes for Pool and Billy Corgan.
080616 Thomas starting on Her Bows in earnest.
080516 Physical CDs sent to distributors.
Took a picture of Dave recording bass
for "Ordinary Guy" and realized that
nearly every picture of him on the
site is with the 76 Percision. This
despite the fact that he shows up
every week with an armful of bass
080416 Still waiting for that magic moment when
someone other than a team member refers
to our organization as JMLP. Michael
Jackson taught us that sometimes
you need to start your own fires.
080316 Juiceboxberries is now available in the US.
080216 Juiceboxberries is now available in Russia.
Still re-working Pool.
080116 Ratdrangea. There is your band name,
debut album title and opening track.
073016 Tore Pool a new one. Note to future self,
if there are mutinous cries from your
comrades you can revert to the version
072916 Talked for a bit tonight about what we
should put on the 2nd album. Thomas
is already working on Corky, Maryland
Mansion, Juno Contacto, Cleo the Liar
and Her Bows so that just leaves 5
songs. We decided to go with
Jacob's Ladder (just need to comp bass)
NowHere (EQ swing section)
nothingood (all good!)
Ordinary Guy (comp bass, sing a few
Pool (try live drums and substitute
guitars in middle of song with something
That will leave Billy Corgan's Cadillac,
You Should Be Dancing, Windy, Heron,
Dingus and Minor Dingus as starter
meals for the 3rd album.
072716 Dave tracked bass parts for Billy Corgan,
You Should be Dancing and Ordinary Guy,
formerly One Million Chickens.
Got new mixes of Corky, Cleo the Liar,
Juno Contacto and Maryland Mansion
072616 Digital Distribution process launched.
Horrors. Loaded Billy Corgan's Cadillac
into Pro Tools and it errors out. Apparently
it was corrupted when the power went out
yesterday. I had a day old backup but
lost a few things. Fortunately I remember
what they were and they are easily
072516 CDs ordered. Estimated delivery
date is August 3rd. Got started on
the digital distribution. Just waiting
for the ISRC codes.
072316 Today is Upload the Album to be
Printed Day. A little intimidating
as my colleagues in Girl for Samson
have always taken care of this
stuff in the past.
072016 Hair is gone and artwork is done.
The printers and digital distribution
are the only thing standing between
me and pennies a day.
Michael and I worked on something
we cooked up a couple of weeks
ago and Billy Corgan's Cadillac for
the 3rd album.
071916 Got the artwork revisions back from
Carrie. I think we found a font for
the title we like. Sent back a text
mod and a request to remove an
vintage, errant human hair that
apparently was on the slide,
narrowly avoiding a butcher cover
071516 E-mailed font revisions for cover art.
071416 Artwork in hand awaiting a handshake
before calling it done.
071116 Added a few more vocal takes to
Her Bows and got it packed up and
ready to go to Thomas for mixing.
Got a new version of the masters
for Juiceboxberries from Paris to
071016 Sent Carrie the text for the back
070916 Taking Cleo the Liar to Thomas for
mixing. That's 4 of 10.
070816 I have mastered tracks to listen to!
070716 Track order for Juceboxberries sent to P.
We Don't Do That
062916 Dave tracked bass parts for One Million
Chickens. Paris sent the last mix of
Tambourine so we are down to track
listing, artwork and production.
062716 Have mixes of Corky and Maryland Mansion
back from Thomas. Taking him Juno
061816 Listened to mixes with Michael. We
were talking a little about the artwork
when he abruptly decided that he
liked the mouse cover more than the
061716 Got the lastest mix of On and Tambourine
from Paris. We are a sign-off and track
order away from having this thing mastered
060916 Paris sent me a mix of On. He did
Gave Thomas Maryland Mansion to mix.
Contacted someone about doing the artwork
060816 Played Michael the One Million Chickens
Patrick is starting on the last song
(On) for Juiceboxberries.
060116 Dave tried some noodling bass parts
on the fretless during the outro of
053116 Re-worked the outro to Pool. Gave it
new guitars. Probably needs a new
I've had a string of chords and a melody
sloshing around in my head that I
finally got down in demo form.
Throw-away title of One Million
Chickens as a temporary nod to the
Cincinnati Zoo incident.
052816 Thomas is nearly done mixing Corky
and Paris has just about finished
I want to make a video for
We Don't Do That. I have a fistful
of Canon DSLRs that shoot video
but wonder if a dedicated video
camera would be better. Trying
to identify any human resources
that I may have to assist in
making this happen.
051816 Michael and I worked on the
piano for the swing section of
NowHere. Dave came by and
had another go at bass parts for
Her Bows and Maryland Mansion.
Determined that those two songs
are ready to go to Thomas.
051216 Working out some issues that
are the result of recording with
Pro Tools 12 and mixing with
Pro Tools 11.
050316 Handed off On and Tambourne
to Patrick and Corky Finds
Something to Thomas.
050216 Finished prepping On and
Tambourine for Patrick to mix.
042916 Changed the bass and drums in
Tambourine. You just can't give
me a song back to before it's
done because I will dick with it
and dick with it thoroughly.
042816 Replaced some vocal harmonies
in Tambourine. Got the
new laptop loaded up for
Thomas to start mixing with.
042616 Listened to Jue Box Berries
mixes with Dave, Michael and
042516 Worked on the rough mix of
Tambourine. Have most of
the instruments sorted out.
Just need to check the vocals
and I can turned it over to
Grand Master P.
042216 Sent Patrick some mods for
Industrial Debris and Brought
a Little Something Down.
Played Thomas most of the
songs from the 2nd album.
Hope to start sending him
tracks to mix by next weekend.
042016 Michael and I listend to Patrick's
Juiceboxberries mixes and
the bulk of the current album.
Picked up some equipment that
will get Thomas started mixing the
2nd album late next week.
041916 Patrick sent me mp3s of the
5 songs he mixed. Listening
wtih Dave and Mike tomorrow
041216 Worked on the NowHere outro.
Michael and I reviewed some things
and worked on his 2 songs.
041116 Re-recorded some of the vocal,
piano, drum and bass parts in On.
Somehow we lost a bass track in
the B section. Tried a few more
vocal takes in Her Bows.
040616 Dave added a bass in the bridge of
Cleo the Liar and in the bridge of
NowHere. Michael showed me
a new idea for a song. That now
makes Michael to the Left of Me
and Michael to the Right of Me.
040216 Rachel tracked vocals on Cleo the Liar,
Jacob's Ladder and Maryland Mansion.
040116 So much to do so why not come up
with another ditty? Cleo the Liar,
born this day, 2016.
Annoyed by a Pro Tools quirk that
has kept me from mixing On and
Tambourine. Let me tell you about
it now. I have been recording this
album at 48k but the two Juice Box
Berries songs 44.1. This means
that every time I load one of them
Pro Tools has to be restarted, and
then restarted again when I load
one of the new songs. Did the
Save Copy In option that Paris
taught me to convert them to 48k
and it seems to have worked without
033116 Worked s'more on Jacob's Ladder.
033016 Renamed Fried Fruit to Jacob's Ladder.
Replaced vocals with fresher versions.
Had a listen to On and gave the tracks
meaningful names. A little painful
listening to everything dry. Poor Paris.
Listened to some guitar solo ideas
that John McConnell sent for the
outro of Pool.
032816 Worked on Fried Fruit vocal parts.
032716 Picked up Steven Slate Drums. I'm
learning that you can spend hundreds
and thousands on home studio
enhancements and nothing in the room
Rachel coming over to replace sampled
vocal parts in Her Bows.
032616 I'm going to have a go at mixing
On and Tambourine from the 1st
album. Starting with:
Worked on words and melody
for Fried Fruit.
Learned a couple of Pro Tools
tricks from Patrick:
I moved my session files from
one computer to another and
now have "missing files" errors
that won't go away. P taught
me to load the session,
suffer through the errors, and
then use the Copy function
to save the session as a new
project. The new project
loads without errors.
I run into timing issues when
using too many Xpand2
loops and had been using
bus routing to convert them
to audio files. With Pro Tools 12
all I have to do is use the Commit
option to convert them. Worked
032416 Sent Pool off to John McConnell
for some guitarwork at the end.
Played with some melodies in
Fried Fruit (which desperately
needs to be renamed) and
laid out some bones for Michael
to the Left of Me.
032316 Michael and Dave suggested
some changes in Pool, which
I implemented. Dave sang
a harmony in Juno Impacto
and recorded a scratch bass
for Fried Fruit.
032116 Worked on Pool. Added drums
and more vocal takes.
Also re-cut vocals for Her Bows.
I'm having a difficult time with
that one. You can't sing the
word f****d, especially at the
height of a melody, without
sounding like you are
emphasizing it. Please see
Currie, Justin's When Raymond
Comes Around and the word
c**t for more information.
032016 Pro Tools has been blowing up
after I close a file and go to
open a new project or even
exit. The drag is that I have to
reboot the computer. The
normal system returns after
the error but ProTools.exe is
lodged in memory and can't
be removed or re-run. This
might be due to having to
search for missing files
on a few of the projects upon
startup. It never finds them
but everything is there.
031816 Still managed to get some things
done. Took out a drum build
in Dingus that didn't work and
synched up the live drums with
the percussion loop. Added
tambourine to Juno Impacto
and took the bass out of the
intro of nothingood.
Spent the most time on Pool.
Added a guitar, organ,
tambuorine and re-cut all
of the vocals. Tweaked the
tones and effects so that it
sounds more like the demo.
So, I made a list of things
that need to be done for
each song and a checklist
for the day to force myself
to see this though. Then
I saw a squirrel sniffing
around a hole in a tree that
I knew contained a Starling
nest. Are you saying that
you wouldn't have grabbed
a chair and your coffee and
watched what happened
next? You think I'm made
Going to make at least one
improvement on every song
today. Hopefully that will
keep me from making up
something new instead.
031716 Worked a bit on converting Pool
from an interlaced stereo WAV
demo to a proper Pro Tools
project file. That just means
re-cutting all of the parts in the
WAV file. That's easy enough.
Getting all of the feels and tones
right is not.
031616 Played the 'tunias Juno Imacto.
Wrote out the 8 "completed"
(Corky Finds Something, Windy,
Her Bows, Maryland Mansion,
NowHere, Juno Impacto, nothingood
& Dingus) songs for Dave to ponder.
Thinking of creating a sample using
Structure Free in NowHere today,
just to learn how to use it. I did. I
replaced an annoying part in NowHere
with samples of the intro and the "shake"
in the verse. I like it.
031416 Re-sang main vocal and harmonies for
Juno Impacto. Also re-cut piano.
031316 Had a run at the drums in Juno Impacto
for the first time on the Mackie. Not bad.
031216 Annoying issue with Pro Tools 12
clipping note duration when quantizing
MIDI tracks. Someone suggested
going to Events and using the Remove
Duplicate Notes before quantizing to fix
the issue. And ta-da.
031116 The lord done bless me with another
chile. World, meet and ignore
"Juno Impacto". So much easier to
write new songs than to finish existing
030916 The Beatles made me want to play
guitar. George Martin made me want
to record it backwards.
Got the Mackie mixer and the
FireWire card. Didn't take long to
get everybody talking to one another
but now I have to learn what all of
the stupid buttons do.
030516 Got off some decent vocal takes
for Maryland Mansion. Bought
a Mackie mixer and some good
030416 Michael worked on Dingus again
today. Dave came by later and
listened to the 2 new songs.
030316 Michael came by a had a few runs
at the piano on Dingus.
030216 Michael came by and had a listen to
Maryland Mansion and Her Bows.
022716 Rachel and Kevin came over to record
022616 Rachel came over and recorded backing
parts on NowHere, Corky, Windy and
Was playing with some melodies and
phrasing for the New Guitar Song demo
and realized that the bits from Pool work
perfectly. Just have to arrange it.
Dear Jimmy or Johnny or whatever,
How do I delete volume automation from
a track in Pro Tools?
Hi. How are you? You can delete the
automation points by selecting a point
and pressing Alt and Delete. Goodbye.
022516 Went through all of the songs on the new
computer and corrected all of the "broken
while moving" issues with the exception
of the missing input errors. Worked on
sequencing Maryland Mansion. Tried
singing actual words to replace the
knock-off bit and still can't best it.
022416 Second Rokit arrived so I unpacked the
stands only to discover that the bases
are too wide to fit in my old configuration.
Additionally, the old stands were made of
wood so they were sturdy enough for carpet.
These wobble terribly so I'm going to have
to find another solution. Until then, they
sit on the floor. *sags*
Spent a long time getting the new computer
to play nicely with Pro Tools. It was handy
having a working set-up on the old computer
to compare settings. Finally whupped it.
Got one of the KRK Rokit 8 monitors yesterday.
The 2nd should wander in today so that I
can return Dave's Yamaha HS8s.
022316 Replaced the M-Audio 49e with an M-Audio
88 key controller courtesy of Steven Brown.
022216 Got the Dell OptiPlex 3020. Everything
works fine except that it doesn't see the
Behringer. I initially had this issue with the
original computer so hopefully futzing will
address the problem.
Added a scratch vocal with dummy words
to Maryland Mansion and as usual I really
like the performance and am not sure I
can best it. There's something about those
022116 Instead of finishing the 6 partially-completed
songs I started a new ditty. Maryland Mansion
for now since nobody gave me $10.
022016 Had a listen to a few of the unfinished
Juiceboxberries mixes with Patrick.
More studio upgrades to consider:
Replace Behringer with a Mackie Onyx
1220i FireWire Production Mixer.
Replace M-Audio 49e with an M-Audio
61 key controller.
Maryland Mansion. That's mine now
and you can't use it. Unless you give
me money. Like $10. Or $20. No,
no, wait - don't go! $10 is cool.
021716 Michael had a few runs at the piano
during the outro of Dingus.
021616 Starting to get intermittent stutters in playback
that doesn't effect the recording. Might be a
plug-in but I think it's time to start looking for
a cheap computer to dedicate to Pro Tools.
Thinking Dell OptiPlex 3020 Pentium G3240 3.10GHz
500GB HDD 8GB Ram Windows 7 Pro 64Bit.
021516 Played Michael a guitar/bass demo last week
that I set up in Pro Tools today. This was
another stereo demo in a WAV file from
several years ago. For sketching purposes,
I imported the WAV file into Pro Tools
and hacked up the bits to create an
outline. I thought of Paris everytime
I heard a click where I didn't cross-fade.
021316 Met Michael at Joelle's World of Love Benefit Concert.
Talked to Victoria about coming by and tracking
For Michael and Dave:
Zeta One Theme by Johnny Hawksworthy (1969)
Tried recording some drum tracks
for Dingus. Will try again Monday.
021216 Went to war with Dingus - added a
scratch bass part, piano track and did
loads of editing. Should be in good
enough shape to show the Lonesome
Petunias on Wednesday.
First order of business, make sure that
the instruments are all grouped together
and that the comments are useful in
all of the songs. That little task unearthed
a missing drum track so restoring that will
be added to today's menu.
021116 Yesterday I came up with an intro for
Dingus that I'm now considering giving
life as its own song. That's they way
this shit is supposed to work.
021016 Ate hamburgers for a pre-game meal.
Dave (who shudders everytime he
has to plug something into my cheapo
Behringer mixer) learned and tracked
bass partsfor nothingood.
020916 Kept after nothingood all day. Loads
of editing, added more vocals, guitars
and keyboards. I'm going to try to get
Dingus this far tomorrow so that we
have 5 nearly done pies. Nearly done
pies are better than a sack of flour
and an unopened can of dead fruit.
020816 More vocals and first wave of drums
for nothingood. More outro vocals and
drums for NowHere. More vocal tracks
for Windy and Windy outro.
020616 Lord have mercy. First day recording
with Pro Tools 12 and the Behringer.
Curiuosly, I had all of the same
problems that Bruce did today while
working on NowHere. I also started
to have CPU issues. Now that my
audio tracks are not limited I went
back to using a Bus for effects for
the vocals to cut back on plug-ins.
Finally manged to knock off a three
mic drum take or two and tried some
more guitar solos with the Strat
instead of the Bronco.
Dear Johnny or Jimmy or whatever,
It's me again! I have 2 fresh problems:
1) I'm having trouble getting input and
output from my Behringer XENYX 1204
2) I'm having dreadful latency issues!
1) Check your mixer to verify that the
red "2-TR/USB to Main" button is UP
and that the red "2-TR/USB" button is
DOWN. Also, in Setup>Hardware
make certian that you have disabled
all of the inputs and outputs from the
sound card unchecked.
2) Make sure that in Setup>Hardware
you do not have the Hardware Buffer
box checked. You can tweak the
buffer size at the bottom of the window.
I love you.
Dear Johnny or Jimmy or whatever,
I have a problem with Pro Tools 12.
Suddenly the playback has stopped
working for any of my session files.
I can see the waveforms but the
timeline doesn't move. Also, is there
a shortcut for toggling the Edit and
No name? That's not very friendly.
Pro Tools wil balk at playing a
session if it doesn't see the
hardware configuration it was
expecting. This could be
because you unplugged an
interface during the session
without going into Hardware>Setup.
Ctrl-+ will toggle the Mix and
020516 Loaded all of the Pro Tools 8 LE
sessions into Pro Tools 12 and
everything works, all the plug-ins
are there etc. I think I am a
USB expansion device away from
being fully operational. Already
eyeing the entry level versions of
Melodyne - Essential or Assistant.
Comped Michael and Dave's vocal
parts from 2/3.
020416 Bought Pro Tools 12.4.0 Now instead
of an MBox interface taking up a
coveted USB slot I have an Ilok. It
sees the Behringer, which is good.
Will try some tracking tests tomorrow.
020316 Mike and Dave did Lonesome Petunia
vocals on Windy, Corky and NowHere.
Dave had another go at the bass on
Dear Johnny or Jimmy or whatever,
I recently imported some WAV files
into my Pro Tools 8 LE project and
now the waveforms are just a flat
line. I can hear the audio fine, I
just can't see it. Is there anything
I can do to increase the size of the
waveform without effecting the volume
or impacting the other waveforms in
the project? Your fan.
I get this question all the time. Just
go to Audio Events>Other>Normalize.
You're welcome and please don't
send money. To the wrong address.
020116 Worked on NowHere all day. I
have been wanting to re-employ
some of the Casio SK1 samples
somewhere in the song and finally
started that adventure. Plopped
them at the start (added 8 measures)
and the end. Did several more takes
of the guitar solos and re-sang the
013116 Starting fresh on the Windy outro.
It was originally built on a very
awkward drum machine pattern
which was critical for the feel of
the song. I tried to replace it with
a very warm live drum sound and it
just doesn't work.
013016 Re-sang everything on NowHere. I
think it's about done. I need to give
Paris a few more takes of the guitar
in the outro, get a good bass and
drum track and this one is on the
wall with Corky. Now I need to look
at what needs to happen to call
Windy soup. Go Google
"call Windy soup". I'm going to.
012916 Had another try at some guitar licks
during the outro of NowHere. Comped
a bass track from Dave's scratch tracks
from Wednesday. Sent an AIF to John
to see if he can come up with anything
to spice up the soup. Or sweeten it.
012716 Dave recorded bass parts for NowHere.
012616 Talked to Paris about where mixing JBB
stood. He feels like he has 3 songs to
finish up before he's done. He reassured
me that he would be able to mix the
012516 Re-cut vocals on Nowhwere and Corky. Did
some carving on Windy, Dingus and
012016 Have NowHere whittled into an actual song.
Added a B section that needs a glossy bow.
011816 Worked on NowHere most of the day. I had
a dazzling bit of lyrical inspiration but got
distracted trying to bully it into the feel of the
song. Fresh ears tomorrow.
011616 Fleshed out NowHere. Not as good as the
demo but they never are.
Issue: The Audio Device buffer underflowed!
Solution: Load the Dither plugin in front of the
011516 Steve Neal came by and recorded some
harmonies on Windy and Corky.
Discovered the 32 audio track limitation
of Pro Tools 8 LE. Good news for Paris.
011316 Played Michael and Dave some demos.
Dave recorded some nice bass takes for
Corky Finds Something.
Talked to Michael about using the cake
picture for the album cover and he
was OK with it.
011216 Adobe Illustrator loaded.
Dave is coming over tomorrow to track bass
on Windy and Corky. Steve coming over
later in the week to add some vocals.
011116 Built scratch tracks (drum machine, guitar
and vocals) for Dingus and nothingood.
Tried a few acoustic guitar takes on Windy.
011016 Tracked a few more lead vocals in Windy.
Also replaced the whistling bit in the start
with a pad.
Experimented with a drier vocal in Corky.
010816 Learned a fortunately not-painful lesson
about splitting regions. I had been using
B which makes a split through every track!
Control E is correct tool.
Bought Illustrator 10 for the PC, which is
the same age as both of the dead/unreliable
Macs. Speaking of dead/unreliable Macs,
if the iMac holds up I'll probably use
Garageband and the Behringer to record
drums, since Pro Tools 8 limites me
to the Mbox interface with its 2 channels.
Speaking of the Mbox, I thought one
of the XLR outputs was dead but
discovered in the IO setup in Pro Tools
that it only lets you select one of the
two channels for input.
Going to learn about sends today.
010716 It's step measuring day:
1) I was able to resurrect the iMac. Wiped
the hard drive and loaded a fresh operating
sytem on it. I still lost Adobe Illustrator for
the album artwork but at least I now have
a place to put it when I buy it. I can also
use this to record drums with the Behringer
since there is an issue with the Mbox
2) Actually recorded some tracks with the
Mbox and Pro Tools. Discovered that there
is an issue between XLR Line 1 and Pro
Tools but Line 2 works and both
instrument ins work.
3) Learned about cloning and moving
regions, changing the time signature,
quantizing and other little goodies.
4) The MacBook Pro, which we used to
record all of Juiceboxberries, is not
long for this world. It's suffering from
one of the most common ailments
for these computers - the inverter power
cable is breaking. The symptom is
that the display works intermittently.
You have to sort of tilt the screen until
you find the sweet spot to get any
Paris: "Recording music with
computers is hard."
010616 I have a few demos that I want to generate
click tracks for so I learned 3 different
methods for determining the tempo of a
song in Pro Tools. One method is Beat
Detective. You highlight a region and use
Beat Detective to analyze it. That is a
conductor on operation.
Another option is to line up the region in
grid mode and use the up and down arrows
to vary the temp until the grid at the bottom
marks the start and end of a measure. In the
3rd procedure you disable the conductor and
Keyboard Focus, highlight the current tempo,
press play and tap the T key along with the
How do you disable or toggle off Keyboard
Focus in Pro Tools 8? Ctrl Alt 1
will turn it off, pressing the AZ button will
turn it on.
R & T to zoom in and out. This is with
Keyboard Focus off.
Clicking Bars & Beats toggles the grid.
010416 Found some old Girl for Samson Sonar session
files from Dingus that I should at least be
able to use as a guide for its resurrection.
Also found the audio tracks for the demo of
NowHere which features a Casio SK-1.
010316 Loaded the Garageband session for Corky
Finds Something into Pro Tools on the PC.
Todd willing, I'll be starting the balance of
the songs from scratch in PT from this point
010116 Loaded the Garageband session for Windy
into Pro Tools on the PC and it worked!
Forgot to disable the effects so I will be
Padded Allen's drum tracks and the
balance of the scratch tracks to
import into Pro Tools. Pro Tools
workstation du jour is a Windows 7 PC
using Pro Tools 8 LE and the absolute
minimum memory. Am toying with
the idea of booting the iMac with a
firewire drive and running Pro Tools 9
123115 Allen recorded drums on Windy and
Corky Finds Something. We replaced
the two SM57 overheads with a single
Shannon added some harmonies
123015 Allen Johnston is back in town so
I'm hastily recording some demos
for him to drum on. Going to try
to at least get the first two parts
of Windy down.
121815 Talked a bit with Paris about how
the mixing was going. He is
happy with what he has finished
but a little overwhelmed by what
remains. One issue is that I gave
him too many bass tracks to sort
through. He is also spending a
lot of time tweaking drums so I
probably need to invest in something
that will let me put the 4 mics on
their own tracks.
We are now looking at late January
or even February before he is
finished. This gives me time to
either pick up a copy of Illustrator
or find a graphic artist to do the
121715 It didn't occur to me until today that
the iMac dying also means that I
cannot finish the artwork for
121615 iMac died. Gruesome question mark
on a folder when the comptuer boots.
This means I need to hunt down
another one before we can start
working on new songs in earnest.
121415 Mailed off Industrial Debris MIDI files.
121315 The Mac Pro sees the Behringer mixer
so once I learn Pro Tools I can, with
enthusiasm, abandon Garage Band.
Having fun with the Pro Tools plug-ins.
It is a blessing that this was not in my
hands while the last album was still
in progress because every song would
have a Hammond organ and an ARP
121115 Was able to figure out how to record a
MIDI file in Pro Tools. Sent a test
to Paris and all is good. Will record
an earnest version of Industrial Debris
120815 Loaded Pro Tools onto the Mac. My
first test will be to create MIDI
files for Industrial Debris. Next, I
need to find out which mixer
interfaces will work with this setup.
1206315 Prepping some one-part demos to take
to our road game on Thursday.
Introducing (all temporary titles) Shaking
off the Sand, Daytime, NowHere and
New Guitar Song. Also working on
marrying the Cowboy Whistling Song
120515 Still not settled on an album cover.
I like the dead mouse. Michael and
Dave like Faith in her pink bathing
suit. The half-dozen people that I
have shown the options to like the
120315 Got together and learned Dingus and
113015 Finished Little Something and
sent a reference file to Paris.
Processed the files and have
them ready to hand off tomorrow.
I still need to marry the artwork
and text with the template and
procure a barcode.
112815 Whittled Little Something down to 65
tracks, which includes loads of extra
takes. Re-cut some lead and backing
vocals. I have a couple of more ideas
for tracks for tomorrow and then I just
need to sequence the song for Paris
112715 Celebrated Black Friday by paying
full price for a 2nd pair of Direct Sound
EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones.
112617 "Do They Know It's My Birthday?"
A fistful of chords and words and
I've finally got the anthem I've waited
so patiently for.
112515 Paris thinks he can have the
album mixed and mastered by
"How can you suppose that
anybody knows you're not a hussy
anymore?" Christian is really
starting to grow on me.
111815 Juiceboxberries is nearly
out of our hands so we
set up and played for a few
111615 Tried tracking some different
grooves for Little Something.
Also recorded some tick
tocks and clicks. Will comp
tomorrow and track a few
more vocals. Handing off
the other 3 songs tonight.
111515 Trying to figure out a way to
record the next album in
Pro Tools so that there are
less post-tracking issues.
I think the cheapest way
to get off of Garageband
while still using an old
Mac (OS X Leopard: 10.5.8)
is to get Pro Tools
LE 8.0.5, which only
requires an Avid interface
(MBox 2 or 3 or Digi002
Rack/Digi003 Rack) as a
dongle. This would be a
111315 On, Tambourine and Falstaff
are on a thumb drive waiting
to be handed to Paris. Now
to start listening to Brought
a Little Something Down.
111215 Finished padding out the
tracks in On. Decided to have
a couple more cracks at the
vocals. Talked to Paris about
switching to Pro Tools for the
111115 I'm running out of time
for creating MIDI piano
parts for Industrial Debris.
The link below points to an
application and will convert
the AIFF to a MID file:
110915 Parts added and On reference file
Going to re-record bass
and guitars in Tambourine.
I've also decreed that On
is finished so will send a
refence file to Paris and then
start prepping it for mixing.
Planning on submitting
Tambourine and Falstaff
tomorrow and On in about
110615 Tambourine reference file
mailed off even though I haven't
finished prepping the tracks yet.
I will get it done by Tuesday.
110515 I think I am going to retract
my earier recommendation of
swallowing a fistful of poorly
chewed salted cashews
before recording vocals. Ack.
Decided to take another stab
at the lead vocal in Tambourine.
I recorded 12 takes after
tracking some high harmonies.
My voice started to give out
after take 4 and by the end
I was barely able to croak in
key but kept recording. I
think I like them. They
sound a little different than
my normal whelp.
Going to do my whoopdangist
to get Tambourine done by
the weekend and to Paris for
mixing on Tuesday. That will
leave On and Brought a Little
Something Down to finish.
110415 Had a nice hang out with
Michael and Dave. We haven't
gotten together in a month or
longer. Agreed that when Juice
Box Berries is done we will
work up the 7 songs live, just
to play together again.
We worked through some
business decisions. We
settled on using CD jackets
vs jewel cases. I showed
some alternate covers that
I had mocked up and I think
everyone still likes the woman.
I may try to offer a few more
choices before we sign off.
Michael had a listen to the
French Horns in "On" and
the new chorus in "Industrial
For some reason our talking
business turned into telling
sad stories about our school
days. Lonesome Petunias.
Falstaff ready to go.
Reference file sent to Paris.
May add a few more hisses
and sizles to Falstaff before
sending it off. I also want
to explore a way to extract
MIDI files from Garage Band.
110315 Talked to Paris about my
challenges getting him a MIDI
piano file for Industrial Debris.
I was secretly hoping that he
would say "Well, don't you
worry your pretty face, I'll
find a way to use the piano
tracks you gave me.", but
he didn't. Not even close.
Falstaff just needs a reference
file and a notes file and it is
ready to go. I will have one
last listen tomorrow.
Added a few more
tick tocks to Falstaff before
getting ready to prepare it
for submission to Paris for
mixing. At this point I always
do a quick save to a thumbnail
drive before saving the project
under a new name so that I
still have the full version
preserved. During the backup
to the thumb drive GarageBand
started reporting errors which
resulted in all of the tracks
getting corrupted and deleted.
Fortunately I had done a backup
yesterday so repaired the disk,
restored the project and re-cut
the tick tocks. Now to try to
get this ready to hand off
I really dislike this part of the
process. I just want to make
up songs and track parts so
its challenging to stay motivated
during this part of the game.
Having crud go so terribly wrong
after I finally committed to
getting something done is
110215 The drums for Falstaff
have been troubling me.
There are a lot of
happening in the song -
maraccas etc. and the
drums get in the way.
Or, as I finally determined,
the cymbals are getting
in the way. Went to a
snare, kick and toms only
pattern (see Girl for Samson's
"Meri") and it came out
nicely. Recorded 3 takes.
Spent too much time
trying out soft multitrack
recorders with MIDI
capabilities. I just need
something that's simple to
use. I only need one digital
audio track for reference and
one for a MIDI piano. I also
want to hear the MIDI track
along with the digital audio
track. I know that I've
downloaded programs that
claim to do this but can't get
all required functions to work
on my computer. Again, this
is all because Garageband
won't output a proper MIDI file.
I think I may have better luck
finding someone with a nicer
piano and dragging the
the MacBook and a couple of
microphones over to record
a few takes.
103015 Given the choice of comping
drums and creating some album
artwork mock-ups, I didn't comp
102915 Tried some different drum patterns
for Falstaff. Also diddled around in
the vintage image collection for an
alternative cover for Juiceboxberries.
102815 Watched game 2 of the World Series
with Michael and Joelle. Talked a
little about the artwork for the album,
how I'm getting cold feet with the
current mock-up and am thinking
about some alternatives. Michael
was supportive as always. Also
debated the merits of jewel cases
vs jackets and determined that we
both tilt slightly towards jackets.
102215 Wandering south for a week.
102115 Expenses coming into focus:
$250 for mastering
$80 for digital distribution
$280 for 100 CDs
101715 Dave recorded some French Horn
parts for the outro of On. We set
up in a bathroom. The R0DE SM6
pointed at the bell and a SM57
in the tub pointed at the tile for
101515 Tried some low-fi DAW to see if I
could knock this off. Tried Reaper
and Anvil and was unimpressed.
Tried the lite version of MultitrackStudio
which works great but has bursts
of noises in the MIDI files rendering
Got Sonar loaded and after some
fisticuffs I was able to get it to see
the M-Audio device AND eventaully
see a signal. It even records the
signal. What it does not do is create
sound. No MIDI sound during
recording or playback. This is so fucky.
This is like needing to climb to the top
of a mountain where I will find a map
that will lead me to a key that will
unlock a safe back below that holds
life-saving medicine, and not being
able to find any shoes. BTW,
carelessly typing the word MIDI can,
on occasion, result in typing MOFO.
101315 Going to load Sonar on the PC and
create MIDI files that way.
Tried using the Edit/Add to Loop Library
option. It created AIFF files in the User/
Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops/
Single Files directory. Supposedly the
MIDI info is imbedded? I guess I'll try
I should change the name of this site to
How to Record an Album Using a
Wheezing MacBook and Comically Out-
Dated Version of GarageBand. So, new
challenge: Gargeband does not export MIDI
files in any way that's easy or useful. Off
to find time-sucking workarounds.
After slaving away on the keys, Paris is
requesting a MIDI performance because
the piano is "out of tune and boxy". Back
to the phones.
Reference file for Industrial Debris
sent to sweet Paris along with this sober
"Bringing this tonight. It will be the
stoutest test of our bond. I included
multiple takes (you don't want to know
how many tracks) of everything,
especially my trembly (it's how you
express vulnerability, asshole!) vocal.
America won't get it but I feel like I can
get away with writing a bad ballad
because I have a history of writing bad
non-ballads. Plus I used a masculine
character instead of a female. Sorry
the vocal is so loud in the reference file.
I can assure you, that is not my dream."
Cut a couple of pretty good piano tracks
for the chorus of ID.
101215 Tracks padded, renamed, reference file
created and notes file created. I may
take one more stab at the loose piano
part in the chorus tomorrow before
handing it off to be mixed tomorrow
Answer to problem below: paste
a blank region in the gap and then
Got close and hit a snag. Fun fact,
if you put a split in a region and slip
edit a space or cut out the space,
re-connecting the two regions with
join appears to resurrect the deleted
data. Even if you don't want it to.
101115 Made myself keep grinding away at
this song and finished padding all of
the tracks. Just need to name the
files, write mixing notes and make a
reference .mp3 by Tuesday night.
Got about half of ID padded for import
into Pro Tools. As usual, none of the
AIFF file names match the track OR
region names. Would love to figure
out a way to force Garageband to use
either one of these options as the
audio file name.
During my work I unearthed the original
demo bass part which works nicely with
Dave's bass part during the C section.
100915 Made good progress this afternoon.
Just need to join all of the regions &
pad them so that they start in the
correct spots when imported into Pro
Tools. Also need to make sure the AIFF
names are meaningful. Most likely a
Learning, again, that in Garageband,
re-naming the track and/or the region does
not impact the name of the AIFF file. At
least not in any useful way. I think the
lesson is to give the track an appropriate
name right at the start.
While finishing up ID this afternoon
I want to conduct an experiment. I
want to determine if the quantizing
(letting the computer correct timing
and tuning issues) results are
actually written to the AIFF files or
if it only occurs during playback.
Logic suggests that the effected
results are saved but I want to see
for myself. This isn't critical, I just
want to understand the process.
I also decided that I should give
Paris the original version of the
chorus (or B section) along with
the new version. It makes
creating the Pro Tools-ready files a
little more complicated but options
are good in this scenario.
I need to make a page with a list
of things I've learned about
Garageband. I want to run the disk
utility on the MacBook soon and
have already forgotten the process.
Searching for it in this sad tangle of
verbiage is daunting.
100815 Industrial Debris: I have all of the
verse and chorus vocal tracks
(sending 12-14 takes), drums and
piano ready to go. Tomorrow I'll
go through the backing vocals and
bass parts. Only death (me or Echo)
will prevent me from handing this off
100715 Thank you Matt Simon for the
phrase "Burdensome and
More takes of drums on bass
for B section of Industrial Debris.
I like where it's going. May take
one more stab at the piano
(sadly, NOT my weakest
instrument) and then start
calling tracks crap and candy.
Note - I think that's the part I
dread the most. I suspect I
changed the feel of this section
just to put off having to comp
100615 Not much time to spend recording
today. Tried several takes of
fluffier bass parts during the B
section in Industrial Debris.
100515 OK, I was possibly over-optimistic
about getting Industrial Debris
done by the weekend. Today I
recorded some more vocal takes.
I also tried some different synth
bits during the "chorus" and
cut some triplets on the piano
and new drums to give that
section a little more swing.
We're coming up on 5 months
since we created and started
developing these 7 songs. If
we can get them in the can in
2 months that will be a month
per song. Take out some of the
learning curve time and we should
be able to churn them out even
faster in the future.
100215 Recorded several good vocal takes
of Industrial Debris. I had a good cry
beforehand (did not make the vocal
more vunerable) so Paris will be mixing
out sniffs, snorts and sighs in-between
100115 Figured out how to get the barcode
for the artwork. Shooting for having
Industrial Debris ready to submit
for mixing by the weekend.
093015 Need to discuss production options
tonight. Of course we'll use
Disc Makers. We can get 100
CDs (jacket or jewel cases) for
about $300 shipped. That number
bumps to about $500 for 200 CDs.
200 vinyl records for $1,700. Once
we decide I can start learning Adobe
Illustrator in earnest.
Cleaned all of the sf2 files off of the
MacBook except for the Ensoniq
files and ta-da, all four collections
Want to have Michael and Dave sing
Ringo-background vocals to the A
section of On tonight. I'm thinking
that the right wobbly chorus effect
will make them sound like a mellotron.
This is one of those times where
some combination of sounds that
already exist in the song suggested
this idea. Like you can almost
already hear it.
092915 Created some patterns to be used
for loops in Brought a Little Something
Down. Locked the tracks and then
saved the project to see what I would
end up with. Interleaved stereo files
in a folder named Freeze Files.
Next, I tried soloing one of the tracks
and exporting it. Also an interleaved
092815 Added a few more vocal takes to
Industrial Debris and more B & C
drum takes to On. Industrial Debris
should be about ready to comp and
clean up tracks for Paris. Falstaff
and Brought a Little Something Down
are just waiting on horns and
Tambourine is waiting on mandolin.
On, the first song created on the
MacBook, is going to be a bit more
complicated. It is actually 4 mini-
songs recorded sequentially in
one project. I think I'm going to
break the song up into 4 projects
to make cleaning up the tracks
and importing them into Pro Tools
Summoned the courage to try loading
the Ensoniq SF2 files on the MiniMac
to see if I would have better luck.
It instantly recognized and played
banks from all 4 files. Elated, I loaded
the mellotron SF2s and everything
else I had on hand into the
so that I could finally explore some
other sounds. Not only did they not
work but now Garageband only
intermittently recognizes the
Ensoniq files. Baffled, I removed
everything but the Ensoniq sound files
and now they are working consistently
I'll next need to consider how to get
soft files to the MacBook by converting
them to "real" files. It appears that there
are 2 common methods: locking the
track or soloing and exporting it. The
issue with the solo method is that I
think it will create an interleaved stereo
092515 Added more vocal and drum takes on
092415 Got my hands on a MiniMac loaded with
Adobe Illustrator C5. Now I begin the grim
process of making imagination stay in the
092315 Listened to everything to get a feel for what
songs are finished and which still need parts.
Falstaff - done
On - needs loads of love
Tambourine - re-sing, add guitars and mandolin
Brought a Little Something Down - needs horns
Industrial Debris - Dave replaced a bass part
and I'm re-cutting vocals
Talked about buying Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress,
CorelDRAW or Adobe Photoshop so that we can do
our own album covers.
092215 Handed off the first two songs to be mixed.
092115 Added a few more Ahhh and Verse Harmony takes
to Sultan Eyes.
092015 Sultan Eyes is now ready to be mixed. Need to
re-do one of the verse harmonies before handing
everything over to Paris on Tuesday.
091915 I think I'm going to get Sultan Eyes padded and
renamed this weekend so sent Paris a reference mp3.
Sent Paris a refence file for We Don't Do That and
started the process of padding with silence and
creating meaningful file names for the 34 tracks.
Had strangely intermittent luck clicking on a region
and giving the audio file, not the track, a new name
in the editor at the bottom of the screen.
The padding process went well. I would copy
a quiet second from a region in the track I was
working on, paste it at 0, click on the track
header to select multiple regions and then join.
Yesterday I learned that Garageband keeps the
original name of a track for the AIFF throughout
the recording process. These file names are
often not useful, espeically if you were cavalier
and assumed that renaming them within
Garageband later would actually change the name
of the sound file. So, this weekend I'm going to
experiment with making new tracks with names
helpful to the mixer and copying the corresponding
track data into the new tracks.
091815 Addendum to the issue with JOIN that I brought
up yesterday. I had copied a bit of a track
called Metronome, which was the output of an
actual metronome, placed it at 0 and tried to JOIN
it to drum track, guitar track etc. JOIN was grayed
out in the menu so something was wrong. Today, I
copied a bit of silence from one of the drum tracks
and was able to JOIN it at 0 to both the drums and
guitars. The regions that I am joining ARE on the
same track but they are many measures away from
one another. I thought that was the issue yesterday.
Here's what I learned about how the files in the
Garageband MEDIA folder are named.
1) A sound file maintains its first saved name. If
you rename a track in Garageband later, the AIFF
will still retain is original name. Choose wisely.
2) The # in the file name is the take number.
` 3) If you add another region to a track it will be
named the same as the original file but with
an incremented take number. Guitar#01,
4) If you JOIN two regions in a track the
original tracks disappear and a new track is
created with the original track name and the
word "merged" - Guitar merged. Initially the
take numbers are scratched.
091715 First, my idea for adding a second of silence to each
track so that Garageband would write out a full track
was good. It was very good. But it doesn't work.
Garageband writes different recorded moments in a
single track as multiple tracks. So, if I added the
second of silence to a drum track Garageband creates
a second of silence track and the drum track. It does
not concatenate or combine the two tracks in the
media folder. And you cannot use the JOIN optin to
connect them because JOIN wants the files to be right
next to one another. I would have to create a long take
of silence and then paste it at the start of the track and
slip edit it to the start of the take. Then I could JOIN
them. Super fucky indeed. More testing tomorrow.
091615 Very good session. Dave added a sexier version of the
bridge bass part in Sultan Eyes. Michael and Dave
added chorus vocals. Dave and Michael both added a
harmony to the "holed up 'till fall" line in On.
Played with the Share option on Dave's computer and
it didn't do what I needed. On the way home I had an
epiphany while staring vacantly into the street lights -
all I have to do is add a second of anything at the start
of every track and it will pad the track with silence!
Then I can just use the Garageband project files. Will
experiment with this approach on the morrow.
Freeze Folder experiment is a fail. While it DOES
consolidate the tracks so that they all start at zero
it still writes out the AIFF as interleaved stereo
instead of mono. So, back to seeing what a later
version of Garageband will offer.
Must buy some new drumsticks today. Mine are so
splintered that bits of wood are accumulating on the
mixer and on Echo.
One last thing to try before using a newer version of
Garageband to export the files for Pro Tools. The
link below claims that locking the tracks you want to
export will put the consolidated (common starting point)
files in a folder called Freeze. The downside is that you
lose the file names. Will experiment with this this
091515 Re-recorded guitars and bass in chous of Sultan Eyes.
Also added more takes of the chorus drums and tried
a different pattern for the new loose bridge.
This is one of the starkest issues with digital recording
other than the quality of the sound. I was spending
loads of time trying to edit a drum measure that didn't
feel right. It's a little tricky because I can only record
4 channels onto two tracks so I can't isolate individual
drums and cymbals. After 15 minutes it occurred to
me to just sit down and recut the part. I got it and got
it good in a single take. It took about 5 minutes,
Because Garageband 08 exports an interleaved stereo
track vs mono I'll need to find another option for getting
the tracks to Paris for mixing in Pro Tools. Decided to
try importing into Dave's newer version of Garageband
and testing some of the export options.
091415 Found a less Ramones-y approach for the chorus of
Sultan Eyes. Well re-record bass and guitars tomorrow.
Looks like the best option for consolidating the tracks so
that they are all the same length is to disable all of the
effects and plug-ins, zero all of the panning, and export
the tracks one at a time. We Don't Do That has 51
tracks and probably 20 or more are unused takes so this
is painful but doable. It will be interesting to see what it
does to the file names.
Learned a little about Garageband AIFF naming convention.
If you have 10 tracks you'll find 20 AIFFs in your project
folder (MEDIA). 10 will be the actual raw audio and 10
will start with a "." to denote is as some kind of information
file or something. In Gargeband 08 the file names are
truncated with a hash tag (#).
I need to find a way to may all of the tracks start at 0 in the
timeline. With a common starting point Paris will be able
to easily line them up in Pro Tools. I don't know how to do
Recorded additional takes of verse and chorus vocals for
We Don't Do That.
I was hoping the SAVE AS trick would clean up unused
Garageband tracks but nope. I think there is an option
for this in later versions. I haven't a later version and will
have to outwit the machine.
091315 Gave all of the Garageband tracks in We Don't Do That
meaningful names yesterday. Later, I looked at the Media
folder and realized that Garageband, using some system
that I don't understand, seemingly randomly truncates the
names of the AIFF files. Some retain the full name and
others are truncated beyond recognition.
091215 I learned today that when you delete tracks in Garageband
they are only removed from the project interface. The
individual AIFF files are not removed from the Media folder.
Tomorrow I'm going to try to use SAVE AS to save the song
as a different name to see if it drags along the extraneous
Naming tracks so that they
are useful to Paris. No fun.
We Don't Do That =
We Done Did That. Let
Paris know that it was finished
and asked him if he would like me
to delete unused takes to ease
the conversion process or leave
them in for comping.
091115 To-do list for next 10 days:
We Don't Do That
think about vocal phrasing in chorus
looser piano in outro?
balance drum transition
clean up extraneous takes
sign off on bass
take another stab at lead vocals in A-B
replace synths with clarinet, cello etc.
arrange end of B section
Brought A Little Something Down
another pass of drums?
take another stab at lead vocal
work on B section
take another stab at lead vocal
rethink 3rd passage of solo
sexier rhythm in chorus?
091015 Comped bass parts from last night. There are some synth
parts in On that I want to replace with a clarinet so I'm
soaking a reed. Speaking of comping parts...
090915 Very productive session. Dave added a nice bass part for
the solo section in Sultan Eyes. He also added better takes
for the A & B parts in On and the outro of We Don't Do That.
Kevin and Rachel popped by to hang out with Michael and
Jezebel recording mandolin parts for Tambourine.
090815 Talked to Paris a little about the mixing process. His plan is
to import (a friendly sounding word for what will most likely be
a brutal manual process) the files from Garageband to Pro
I just thought of the line "the hounds of hoo-ha" so I pretty
much own that now.
090715 Decided to put a 12 measure solo in the middle of Sultan
Eyes. Not quite the the same process as yelling into a mic
"Dear friends, let us add 12 measures here for a solo.
1, 2, 3, 4..." Ghosted out a feel I like with the Kent Americana
and a noisey octave pedal.
090415 Chipped away at Sultan Eyes. Played the latest version for
Michael. Ran out the clock eating cheap tacos, drinking Mojitos
and watching a documentary on the Wrecking Crew.
090315 Added a sample of Sultan Eyes to the sounds section. Yes, I've
dropped When the Lever Breaks (You Better Moot) as the title.
It hurt AND it left a scar.
Steve Neal dropped by and added harmonies/backing vocals to
most of the songs.
090215 Joelle's birthday party.
Spent a couple of hours adding a new bass part, guitar (Fender
Bronco!), drum part and vocals to When the Lever Breaks
(You Better Moot). I really need someone to boss me around.
090115 Decided to write something new today instead of working on the
CD. Partially constructed a song with the working title When
the Lever Breaks (You Better Moot).
083115 Goodbye, Meri.
082915 John sent me electric and acoustic slide guitar parts for
Steve Neal coming on the 3rd to record some vocals.
082815 Thought of a title for the EP that I liked last night and played
around with a mock up for the CD. Used
slides_17_faithmodeling_faith_6.tif and copied the bottom
border to create a fill so that the layout is square.
"Johnny Marie & the Lonesone Petunias" using Free Style
Script and #ACA0B9 as the font color.
"juiceboxberries" using Rockwell Extra Bold with juice as
#6D7659 box as #C8A5BF and berries as #FF016D
Colors used for song title Rockwell fonts #C2A0B6, #E9E6E4,
#A8AEAC, #9A5E4E & #DBCFC4
Michael approves so just waiting on feedback from Dave.
082715 Wasted more time trying to figure out the procedure for
repairing a hard drive on a Mac. You have to do it from
the startup disc but you can't just put in the startup CD
and reboot. You have to hold down the C key during the
boot process and then do the repair from the Utilities.
Wasting time trying to manipulate banks of multiple Sound
Fonts using an external MIDI controller. The M-Audio
Keystation will recognize a few of the files. I fired up the
Juno-106 and it only sees 0,0 of any of the banks. Is this a
Garageband '08 issue? Is it because I am using MIDI cables
that terminate in USB connectors? Is it a SF2 issue? A
Roland or M-Audio issue? Am I being punished for trying
to use samples? Maybe I should be.
082615 Lost chunks of the work I did yesterday with this seemingly
innocuous error message "invalid regions changed". What
actually happened is that one track was replaced with portions
of another and 6 takes of vocal tracks were gone. I'm going to
try saving this Garageband project as a different name (which
it was due for since it's still using the working title) and see if that
resolves the problem. Repeat to self "I'm not having to buy tape.
I'm not having to buy tape."
Update: So, doing the "Save As" to a different file name at least
stops the error message from popping up.
082515 Made some lyric mods for the B section of On so recorded
it again. Recorded two takes of drums for the B and C
082415 Recorded a fistful of vocal takes on the A and B sections of
On. You just don't know if something magic is giong to
happen unless you hook up a mic and fire up the computer.
Nothing magic happened.
John still sending me guitar tracks for Tambourine and
Industrial Debris while I send him confusing and conflicting
suggestions. "Imagine an ant that has a heavy cast on two
of his six legs, caught in a spider web made of pale blue cotton
candy that is lightly animated every 5 seconds by one of those
rotating fans on the lowest setting. I don't mean the lowest
factory setting. I'm talking a modified lowest setting. That's
what the last note should sound like."
082015 Finally added a demo sample of Industrial Debris to the site.
Sent a full AIF file off to John McConnell to play with.
Learned another little Garageband 08 trick: I was importing
.WAV and .AIF files by dragging the files into a set-up track
in the project. Wasted step. You can actually drag them
into the blank gray space underneath the last track header
and it will automatically create a track using the file name.
Got some Spaghetti Western solo options from John last night.
It took some wrangling (do you see what I did?) to import them
but done and done.
081915 We just listened to the songs last night and talked about what
to do next. Dave brought his chum Mike by and we had a nice
time chatting with him. The evening ended in everybody
having a go at the viola and cello for fun.
Popped open Tambourine to do some last minute mixing with
John's guitar part and got the gut-wrenching "track not found"
error message. It couldn't find the Spaghetti Western bass
track. I found it in backups. We're doing this with 2008
technology, folks. Those of you in the front row WILL get wet.
Got 3 decent takes of drums down on Industrial Debris. Set
up the piano with the Rode and a 57 and had a go. Recorded
another lead vocal take.
081815 John sent me the .wav files for the cool crunchy guitars in the
outro of Tambourine. How do you import .wav files into a
Garageband project? You can't copy and paste them. You
have to drag them to an available track. They are converted
to AIF files when you save.
Getting close on the drums for Industrial Debris. I realized that
I'm rehearsing the song. That's why it's taking so long.
Bought a fistful of 1/8 to 1/4 stereo jacks so I can avoid a
repeat of the great Pioneer Headphone Disaster of 2015.
Hazard of recording in your office: shelf is jostled and a
foam ear plug tumbles down and upon the top of a printer
where it finds the single entrance to the inside and tumbles
in never to be found again.
Added a blips from the BOSS DB-60 metronome to help me
with the piano in Industrial Debris.
081715 John McConnell sending Tambourine tracks for feedback tonight.
I was really determined to at least get drums down for Industrial
Debris, and perhaps vocals today. Really struggling as I've never
really drummed on a piano-based "ballad" before. Decided to
listen to "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Someone Saved
My Life Tonight" because "piano-based ballad" + "drumming"
= "Nigel Olsson". Run the figures yourself. You'll come up
with the same answer.
Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias website domain is now
081615 As we pile tracks upon the 6 songs for the EP, I am trying to be
courteous to poor Paris who will have to paw through the chaos
in order to build a pretty song during the mixing process. I am
trying to use meaningful track titles and employing Garageband's
little list of icons. (Note to P: I can't tell the difference between
the little guitars and the little bass guitars.) I'm also putting a
blank track at the bottom of every song titled "Archived Tracks"
and shoving all extraneous takes below that so that all he is left
with are the winning bits. I'm leaving the unused tracks in the
song so that he can cull a bit here and there if neccessary.
I misplaced (lost) a critical adaptor for the 2nd set of phones
yesterday for Rachel's session and had to use a vintage pair
of Pioneer SE-50 headphones. Later that evening I kept
discovering little bits of black something or other in my hair and
on my face. Yup, the insulation/foam from the Pioneers is
deteriorating. True to my nature, I have a backup pair of SE-50s
should I ever get in this situation again.
Did you notice that I no longer mention sound fonts and MIDI
controllers? Day 8 of an uneasy truce.
081515 Rachel came over and recorded harmonies on most of the tracks.
Posted a fresh version of Tambourine on the site.
081415 Sent Ala Fries (The Sinclaires, Intermission, The Catherines,
Chemical Wedding, Boudoir) a mix of Falstaff in an .aif file so
that she can track some parts. Ala and I used to play with Allen
Johnston (This Jungle, Secret Society) who was here about a
week ago recording drums. We also played with artist Jill
Fetterman (Boxes of Love, BCR, Short-Term Memory) who
died on the 12th of this month. Jill was a wonderful artist,
great musician and a priceless friend.
Scheduled Rachel Thompson to come over on Saturday and
record some vocals.
081315 Comping parts from last night. Getting ready to e-mail an
.aiff file of latest Tambourine mix to John McConnell for noodling
consideration. He'll import it into something on the PC side,
add parts and then just export the single track of his work for
me to import back into Garageband. It's a not-awful time to be
081215 Dave and Michael experimented with some ooos (sharing a mic,
as always) during the Spaghetti Western section of Tambourine.
Michael, Dave and Shannon added the jazz hands "What's it all
about?" harmonies. Michael recording some keyboard tinkling at
the end of On. Dave had a run at the bass part for Tambourine
after a wonderful dinner courtesy of Joelle, Shannon & Michael.
Added some cymbal builds to Tambourine. Also tried some
gallops with a tambourine lying on a floor tom head.
081115 Worked on bass, drums, vocals and tambourine for Tambourine.
Added some cymbal and rim shot bits.
081015 After John left I had a go at the lead vocals and drums on
John Bara came over and tracked conga parts for We Don't
Do That, Falstaff, Brought A Little Something Down &
Tambourine. Single SM57 six inches above and center.
Pictures were taken.
Going to try to finish vocals, drums and guitars for Tambourine &
080915 If you see a story about a mall shooting, rape, serial killer
basement/torture shenanigans, child molestation, porn or
scandal involving bribery, the perpetrator is nearly always
a male. Frequently a white male. I don't understand why
males are allowed to drive cars and own guns, much less
run for public office.
080815 Kevin loaned me an M-Audio Keystation 49e 49-key MIDI Controller
to manipulate the SF2 banks with on the MAC. I am now
able to successfully cycle through the presets in Sonatina
Symphonic Orchestra but still not the ENSONIQ. Additionally,
Garageband records the MIDI signal, but not the actual
selected sound. This paragraph needs a cute one syllable
summary like "Sigh." or "Poop." but I like surprise endings.
080715 OK, I put samples from some of the 6 demos on the Sounds
page. I think that at this point, since the site contains a blog,
pictures and music samples (known as "content") I will remove
the "Proper website, sounds and debut EP coming soon."
sign from the door.
I think what's tripping me up on the SF2/Mac issue is using
the soft keyboard (Apple K!) that comes with Garageband.
Going to try a proper MIDI Controller this weekend and see
if that changes the game.
080615 The 1204USB came so after set up I labored over getting a
good drum part down for Falstaff. I got close but was really
suffering from ear fatigue as the song is a bit shrill. Will
remix tomorrow and have another run at it.
Added a Sounds page to the website. No reason why I
can't get up a few samples of what we're working on in the
next day or so. (Begins new quest to convert AIFF files to
MP3s. Hoping Audacity will do it. It's like I'm looking for
reasons not to track parts. "Listen all y'all, it's a sabotage!")
080515 Didn't do the must-do. Spent all of my tracking time
dicking with SF2 conversions. I can't get Garageband to see
any of the ENSONIQ or Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra presets
after splitting up the banks using Polyphone. It's actually not
that important for the project but it is absurd and I hate being
told what to do.
Must-do for the day: add a sturdy blip on all of the tracks to
usurp the timid click that comes with Garageband. Of course
I could use a kick drum loop or something but over the years
I have developed a Pavlovian response to the harsh bleep of
the BOSS DB-60 metronome.
080415 Upgraded the Behringer Xenyx 1204 to a Behringer Xenyx
1204USB which comes with compression and of course a
USB connection which will allow me to take the TASCAM
interface out of the loop.
Also bought a MIDI to USB cable so that I can at least use
some of our dead synths as MIDI controllers. I discovered
that Garageband won't recognize SF2 bank files that contain
multiple sounds. It will play the first sound in the bank and
that's it. I have some alternatives for breaking up the files
manually using Polyphone but am hoping that a MIDI
controller will recognize the full potential of the files. I have
an ENSONIQ soundfont collection that has some potential
to be entertaining.
Dave's Yamaha monitors sound great.
080315 Allen Johnston stopped by and had a go at drums on We
Don't Do That. He's such a lovely drummer. We toyed
with playing a straight beat through the 1st half of the song
and then going really loose at the 2nd guitar solo.
Dave brought over some Yamaha HS80M monitors to get me
off of doing rough mixes with headphones. He also brought
a fresh box of VALOMILK Candy Cups!
080215 Juno 106 died yesterday so Michael dropped off the
Roland D-20. And the D-20 promptly dies.
Blog is up. You can almost smell the sawdust, hear the
bearded lady playing the harmonica, and see the tent
sagging over the frayed trampoline.
080115 Got a little closer to getting a good signal/good sound
from the Ludwigs. Using a Shure 57 on the snare, two
Shure 57s as overheads and a Shure PG52 on the kick.
May add the Rode somewhere for a room signal.
073115 Lengthend the Spaghetti Western B part in Tambourine.
Hoping Dave can deliver a trumpet solo. If not, it will be
me adding whips and harmonicas.
073015 Introduced Tambourine. Listened to some of the other
tracks to see where we stood. Decided that we love
each other. Moment is documented by drunken cell
phone photographer while we sway unsteadily just
out of reach of the streelight's helpful glow.
072915 Had another go at the vocal for Bee Miner/We Don't Do
072815 Set up Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias
Facebook, Gmail and Twitter pages. Put down the
guts of Tambourine.
072715 Got a little Behringer XENYX 1204 mixer for recording
072315 Added bass and some backing vocals to Industrial
Debris courtesy of Dave, Michael and Shannon.
072115 Paris said that he would mix the EP when we are
finished tracking. He has a long history of polishing
072015 Played Michael Industrial Debris. Learned about using
Apple-A and Apple-T to insert measures in a timeline
071915 Working on Where Did All the Cowboys Go?/Industrial
071715 Had another run at on vocals for Where did all of the
071515 Rode NT1-A came so tracked some parts to test it out.
Ran Dave through the paces. Considering Johnny Marie
and the Lonesome Petunias for our moniker after Dave
mentions discovering "Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion
Patch" while sorting through some old 78s. May have
also agreed on an image for the EP cover.
071415 Worked on On guitar solo.
071315 Worked on We Don't Do That guitar solo with
071215 Worked on We Don't Do That guitar solo with
an old Kent semi-hollow body guitar.
071015 Borrowed a friend's Rode to re-record primary vocal
tracks on On and We Don't Do That.
070915 Worked on comping bass parts.
070815 Made up We Don't Do That. Dave recorded all of the
bass parts for On AND a stand up bass part for We
Don't Do That. He took the cello and viola home to
070715 Thinking of Johnny Marie and the New Petunias for
070615 Recorded some acoustic guitar and piano takes on
070115 Added scratch drums to The Wall. Put finishing touches
on On to show Dave and Michael tonight.
062715 Amp simulartor pedal came so messed around with On
062515 Comped vocals on The Wall and added some parts to
062415 Good Petunia session. Dave tried some bass parts on
The Wall and then he and Michael sang some background
061715 Michael and Joelle co-hosted for an hour on KKFI today.
061615 Brought Extreme Isolation headphones home from the
studio. Should help greatly with recording drum tracks.
061515 Worked on On.
061415 Worked on Am/On.
061315 Worked on comping Dave and Michael's vocals. Put
down some parts for the Am/On piano bit.
061115 Michael and Dave did backing vocals/harmonies for
Falstaff, Puff Adders and The Wall. They shared a mic
for all 3 tunes.
060315 Worked on Falstaff. First Petunia session actually
060215 Worked on Falstaff. Michael bought a MacBook so
that we can share files.
060115 Worked on Falstaff. Played it for Michael.
053115 Worked on Falstaff. This song was built on a bass
052815 Bought a Mackie ProFX12 mixer with Michael to interface
with the Mac.
052015 Worked on Brought a Little Something Down.
051915 Put some more tracks on the Brought a Little Something
051715 Worked on the scratch tracks for Brought a Little
051615 Finished the rhythm scratch tracks for Brought a Little
051515 Michael bought some good KRK Rokit monitors.
051415 One of our last live rehearsals before switching to
050815 Worked on drums for Puff Adders.
050715 Recorded some passes on the drums with Puff Adder.
043015 Was able to figure out a way to load Dave's Puff Adders
bass line on my Mac so we're good to go. Just copied
the file from the project Media folder and imported it into
042915 Dave gave me the bass line for Puff Adders. Have to
upgrade Garageband before I can import it. Fail.
042615 Worked on Wall scratch vocal.
042315 Currently rehearsing Pool, Come on Out, Brought
A Little Something Down/Talk, Wall, Puff Adders,
Little Shootin' Elvis, Monkey Island and I'm Hiding A
041515 Petunia practice.
040915 Petunia practice.
040215 Petunia practice while Shannon and Joelle
032615 Petunia practice. Dave brought over a bass to play
032015 Bought a MacBook and a Tascam USB interface. The plan
is for me to work up demos as a frame for new songs and
then we'll replace all of the demo bits with permanent parts.
031915 Petunia practice.
031215 Petunia practice. Brought Come on Out and Brought a
Little Something Down.
030515 First full session as a 3 piece.
022615 Personnel adjustments. Co-founder leaves. Now a 3
piece which means I move from drums to guitar.
021115 Moved gear to Joelle's.
020815 Drove over to meet Joelle and check out the space.
012115 Need to move the troops to a new rehearsal/recording
space. Michael mentioned going to Joelle's.
073014 Michael's first session.
043014 Dave's first session.
073109 First meeting with co-founder.