Thursday, December 27, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A little better here - I'm still no great singer, but at least my vocal monitor isn't introducing delay and making it impossible to sing straight - now it's all operator error. LOL
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I just spent another three hours on this, and it's a lot better. Not perfect, but better.
I haven't done a lot of singing...except maybe in the shower or along with Elvis in the truck, maybe a little with the Beatles as a teenager, but not much public. I'm still getting used to the equipment and how different my recorded voice sounds as compared to what I hear by bone conduction (which is how most of us hear ourselves speak...or sing). It's quite a difference. I'm using Robin Gibb's trick of holding my hand alongside my face to my ear, and working on how far the mic should be from my mouth.
Here's the best of five takes, no written lyrics, but a general outline.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Jon Ross laid down the guitar track after the drums were done.
I added the tenor sax last.
The tracks have all been cleaned of background noise and amplification levels adjusted to that all the instruments blend just right.
The result is nearly six minutes of smooth bliss. Enjoy:
Friday, November 30, 2012
MP3 version - cleaned up with Audacity: http://www.whizzyrds.com/By-The-Garage-Lights-2.mp3
By the way, Jon's guitar is named Judy. I love it! That was my Mom's name.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We just saw Olivia Newton John in concert at the 2,000-seat Paramount theater in Aurora, IL with our friends Janice & Tom. Olivia's voice is still phenomenal, and she was moving around the stage very well.
If only her Sound Engineer's head hadn't been blocking my view of center stage!!
Now chicken marsala & red wine at Carraba's.
Friday, November 9, 2012
MP3 version: http://www.whizzyrds.com/By_The_Garage_Lights.mp3
This is a pretty little instrumental ditty my guitar teacher Jon Ross and I recorded together - on my Android cell phone with Soundcloud - in the underground parking garage at my condo building.
I'm playing Bello (my tenor sax) and Jon is playing Judy. (his electric guitar)
I think this is one of the prettiest songs I've done, and I'm grateful for the chance to play with another musician.
The song has a ballad / blues / indie rock fusion kind of sound.
This was Jon & I's first attempt to really play together. I'm pretty happy with the result, and I'm thinking we could really get a nice, mellow, and unique Blues/Indie Rock fusion going with a decent drummer and vocalist.
Jon and I are going to continue working on this genre for the rest of the year, especially By The Garage Lights.
Here's the MP3 version in case you're not so good with Soundcloud. I have some of the background noise and dead air cleaned out of the MP3 version as well. - http://www.whizzyrds.com/Garage-Band.mp3
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Two local developers are trying to open a blues venue in downtown Westmont. They need help raising funds to make it happen. The Kickstarter.com campaign listed above is their online crowdsourcing effort, and it has a deadline of October 31st, 2012. (Halloween, that's right)
Having a great blues venue nearby would be a wonderful addition to local entertainment choices. This is only ten minutes away from York precinct 112, folks.
Let's show the community that we support local businesses and live entertainment, regardless of political affiliation.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I've found out that the underground parking structure between our two condo towers doesn't reverberate up into the buildings, and it's heated.
I will be able to practice through Winter.
Boogie woogie ON!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
...is bringing me a lot of joy and soft melody. I'm pretty sure in the long run, I'll play both instruments well, but I think guitar is easier to practice in my current environment.
I love Bello & Rosie both, and that's enough. My sax is bright and my guitar is the prettiest red.
My guitar teacher is helping me learn a lot of little mechanical tricks to make playing easier, and of course a Beatles song to start. (Twist And Shout)
I have a million hours of practice to go, but it's a gentle journey with a lot of sweetness along the way.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I found a teacher, too, a fellow named John Ross. His guitar is named Judy, like my Mom. I just found that out today, which is appropriate.