I just want to thank all my friends and fans for listening to my show on Podomatic. The episode I put up Friday, "Let Yourself Go," had a great response with listeners from 17 different countries checking it out. This show had my new track, "Let Yourself Go," on the program. I was glad to have so many supporters checking it out. I do the show for fun and for you, and play tracks from my personal collection of music. Periodically, I do a "Late Night, Head Right, Deep Cut Boogie show. I just put a show up similiar to that called, "Dancin Madly Backwards," Being an old Rocker of the highest order, I pulled out stuff that could give you cause to tighten up dat wig and bolt down good and proper. Just click on menu in top right hand corner and go to Podcast page and there it will be.
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I put up a new podcast, so the one referenced below is a previous podcast. I am putting link here for you, so you can go check out show and new track mentioned below.
On my podcast for today and this weekend, I include one last new track I have done. It's a cover of Tom Petty's "Let Yourself Go," from the Mojo release. I rarely do covers, but took accception with this one, and big Tom Petty fan. How can you hear it? Go to podcast link here on website and it will be the 3rd song on the show. Again, this will be on an early spring on line digital release. You can download entire CD, or individual tracks. I might have a small amount of physical hard copy cd's made for good friends and fans and of course will tell you have to get access to those!
That's the room where I put down some of the guitar tracks for Let Yourself Go. My acoustic, I took that into vocal booth in back and sat in there and laid acoustic track. That amp is a Fender Blues Deluxe. We simply miked it up with a shure 57 mic (yeah it worked) and I dialed it in to get the tone I wanted. I used my Stratocaster to lay all guitar parts. Vocals were done in vocal booth. Drums and bass done by my friend Rick. Me and Jerry Leal did the keyboards using a hammond patch. A combined effort :) Finally, this was mastered by Mr. Jeff Sanders. He has an awesome biography and has worked with BTO, REO Speedwagon, War, Stevie Wonder for starters. Just google Jeff Sanders mastering engineer. This track was produced by The Human.
For those of you that take the time to read this stuff. You get inside information on Human Project music that no one else gets. I take the time to do it for you. Appreciate ya.
The Human at Pyramid Studio's in Fresno.
Just finished writing a new song called, "Train 69." It's a very sparse, acoustic driven track about going on a trip and heading through a portal and ending up on a Train. Train 69. Crusing through the desert. A haunting harmonica propels the song and 60's like conga's add a mood and ambiance to the track. It will be on a new Digital CD release in early spring 2019. I did a made a YouTube of it to try and bring it to life for ya.
Take a ride on....Train 69.
No science to layin conga track. But ya gotta have rhythm and the soul of the 60's to get it right. These aren't the best conga's. So I hit em on the edges..and soak it with reverb. Gets job done.
I posted a pic of my Boss BR 1600 on last blog and mentioned I was messin with a new track. I kept messin and messin and ultimately came up with, "Train 69." It's a trippy track about a dream, or a trip where one goes through a portal and ends up on a train. The song describes the trip. Not everything I do in my home studio comes out worthy enough to play on shows or release. I think this one might be. It's nice and raw and...well...trippy. If you wanna hear it, it is on my podcast today. Just click on podcast link on the menu in top right hand corner and it will take you to it.
For those of you that want more in depth details. This is what it going on in the track, what I am playing etc.
Yamaha 450 Acoustic
shakers in parts
Lead vocal and many harmonies that are panned around with effects.
Everything gonna be fine.......on Train 69
I never know where an idea for a song will come from. Most of them come when I am driving, trying to sleep, or even listening to another song. Some come from watching a movie, or visiting somewhere. Many good ones never get very far because they can be forgotten before I can get the idea down. If the idea makes it to where I can get it on paper somewhere, and the lyrics actually start to take some kind of shape, the next step is usually my Boss BR 1600 digital recorder. I have owned two of them, the first one I got in 2005 and it launched me into my songwriting career. It finally just wore out. The one pictured below is the current one. I can get simple guitar tracks down and vocals. I can take it even further and add bass, harmonies and a more guitars or a harmonica. It does have a drum machine that is not bad, sometimes I will use it. There have been occasions where I can got a track sounding so good that I will actually put it on one of my CD's. 18 Wheels is a good example, so is Brutal Train to Ride and Keep it To Yourself. But over the years its primary function has been to get my ideas flowing. Many times I can make a copy of what I have and give to others that will go into the studio with me. Bottom line, The Boss Recorder has been an essential part of my songwriting over the years.
This is my Boss BR 1600 recorder. I usually use up to 8 tracks if I want. It has a mastering tool kit that will allow you to add some compression and other things to beef up the sound. It has EQ and other effects for each track. Many different settings for vocals and guitar sounds. You can get things simple, or add lots of stuff like bass other guitars and percussion. Harmony vocals too if ya want.
Yesterday (Nov. 11) I was working on an idea for a song called "Train Sixty Nine." I got a sparse acoustic put down and bass line. I struggled with the lyrics way more than normal on this one. But because I had the basic track put down, I could go in and keep changing and shaping until it started to flow and the story started to come together. It came together so well, that I might just include it on my new digital release after the first of the year. With a title like Train Sixty Nine, you can probaby assume that it is another one of Human's trippy tracks. The sixties had a big influence on me. Anyway, thought I would share some of this with you, good Human Project friends and fans. You are appreciated.
Human Project Downloads for October 2018
Grand Total 316
Highway 58 44 (first time #1)
Bad Luck 22
Fast Train 16
Keep it to Yourself 16 (former #1)
Bar Room Meltdown 14
Hard Work Blues 13
Headin For Tennessee 12
Norwegian Wood 12
Jimmy’s Juke Joint 10
Drive, Drive, Drive 9
Lookin For My Freak Flag 9
18 pages with 50 different tracks downloaded total.
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