Oh, you want to know what I’ve been doing lately, huh? Well, just last night I finished up some music for a cool podcast you might have heard of. It was effectively about 30 seconds long, which is what I was going for. After I was done, I realized how fun and different it was for me. It had clean guitar of all things in it! That’s crazy! But yeah, I entertained the idea of adding vocals to it for the “final” version, but ultimately decided against it. But I’m still hoping it’s not just me that thinks it’s a cool song and I’ll be able to do more with it than just leave it as a 30 second thing. Why am I keeping the podcast a secret? I don’t know. I’ll probably make a big deal about it when it ends up in an episode.
Other than that, I’ve been getting a lot of songs ready. Unconsciously, the process is going similarly to how recording Punk Rebel Renegade went, in a sense. Not in the not eating and not sleeping sense, but more in the record lots of music and pair it with lyrics and vocals later. On top of the tracks that made it on the Punk Rebel Renegade album, I had another 5 songs more or less done that just didn’t have any vocals to them. Or they weren’t fleshed out completely. Or both. My guess is that the same thing is going to happen with my next album. My method has been just putting the music together and putting lyrics and vocals to them later.
Even though on paper and in my head it sounds like a smooth process, I won’t know for sure until I start putting more vocals down. Just to test the waters, I took some lyrics I wrote months ago and put them to some music I’ve been working on in the last few weeks. It sounds awesome to me. The actual vocal recording isn’t super great, but my voice doesn’t clash with the music like it seems to usually do. It could be pure coincidence, but my method of putting the music and the lyrics and vocals together went awesomely. It’s called “Get Offended.” Whether or not the entire concept makes its way into the lyrics, it is essentially asking the question, “What happened to sticks and stones?” When I was in school and someone made fun of me (which happened constantly), the teachers taught me that old adage. I believe it was either Confucius or Mephistopheles who once said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I know I’m not the only person in the world that has heard that. Society has seemingly forgotten it or doesn’t believe it or something.
So yeah, I’m working hard but also at a steady pace at the new album. My goal is for the songs to be around 3 minutes long unless it’s cool enough to need more than that. It’s also important that the lyrics stand out. And by that I mean literally, so you’ll actually be able to hear the lyrics, and also that they’ll be more…catchy than what was on, say, Heat Stroke. I’ll talk about that on the next Random Blog Post, probably.
In the near future, you’ll hear another Jam Session, and I’m also going to post a review of Die Antwoord’s new album Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid. Fun.