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.