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  • #1593

    Daniel
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    The Paul Lestock Arrow G5 that I purchased earlier this year was bankrolled by a very generous supporter.  [The purchase amount was repaid recently when we sold our house in England.] This person wished to remain anonymous but I sensed s/he wanted a sort of wink/nod to his/her largess.

    I asked this person if s/he would like me to write a tune as a Thank You.  I got a ‘Yes’ and a request for a waltz.

    So later this month I’ll be in England getting a version of a tune called White Flower Waltz in the can, played mostly on the Arrow G5.

    Will be sharing the results with you when we’re happy with the mixes.

    Hugs,
    Daniel


  • #1631

    Daniel
    Participant

    Just back from the UK.

    Got hung up in Calais in the middle of a petrol price protest (say that 3 times fast), which delayed my arrival by 90 mins.  Got home after 3am.  And now I have a heavy cold too.

    But! But! Buut!  I got 2 songs in the can and a 3rd mostly finished.  The aforementioned White Flower Waltz, and a cool version of and Irish traditional called The Parting Glass.  A third song, another trad -this one American- called The Vacant Chair, got started on Sunday evening.

    Instrumentation for the WFW is Arrow G5, JBovier EMC5, Telecaster, SCGC Dreadnought, harmonium, and Dulcetone.

    Instrumentation for The Parting Glass is Harmonium, Telecaster with tremolo, and Marxophone along with the vocal by me.

    Instrumentation for The Vacant Chair: Big ol’ strummy SCGC dread rhythm track, with bass, harmonium , and a vocal track.  There’ll be a mandolin track and 1 or 2 more vocal tracks.

    Hugs,

    Daniel


  • #1762

    Daniel
    Participant

    I don’t know how the pros do it.  Probably the luxury of more time.

    I sent 2 more days in the studio in England last week.  A day (Saturday) in the studio followed by a trip home is fairly brutal.  The day starts at 8 as usual with the kids.  In the studio by 10am, in the car by 6pm, on the boat (or train) by 10:30pm.  Cross the channel and 2+ hours drive home.

    This time we got home Sunday at 3am.  Let me tell you, I was wrung out the next day. Fell asleep in front of my in-laws.

    Of the 11 songs/tunes going on the CD, I got 5 sorted.  Or thought I had, until I listened to them.  I need to re-sing one, and edit another.  Sometimes a bass line on a keyboard is too heavy and you need a bass.

    So it’ll take another day or 2 get everything completed.  But on the plus side, these tracks are getting better for the attention to detail rather than worse from nit-picking.

    When you hear something you’ve done and say to yourself, “Hey, that’s pretty cool.”  You’re going in the right direction.

    But I think this will be my last CD unless there’s a reason to do another one.  They’re expensive and time consuming to record.  You knock yourself out doing the best work you possibly can, and then 99% of the listening public goes, “meh. what’s on TV?” or “That’s nice.  Have you heard Richard Thompson’s new one?”

    And you know what?  RT in his 70s is still gigging and recording because there’s no money in back catalogs anymore!  Dinosaurs on the road sucking up all the money in the system because they can’t rely on revenue from the sales of CDs.

    LPs are not going to save the industry.  Only paying artists and composers a decent royalty for ANY type of airplay will have a positive impact.

    Stop listening through Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music’s streaming service!  Buy the damn music or there will be no more new music except that shit you hear on top 40 radio, designed to be as puerile as possible.  A 2 line verse and 14 iterations of the chorus.  Can you handle that for the rest of your life?

     

    Sorry for the rant…

    🙂

    Daniel

     


  • #1763

    indexless
    Keymaster

    Daniel, I think it’s a labor of love and we thank you for the love you put into this!

  • #1764

    zorro
    Participant

    Daniel,
    Well said. We have now done 3 CDs and sold a total of a couple of hundred units…..will never recoup costs, let alone make a profit.
    The time, energy and creative juices are never recouped.
    BUT…having said that,the LOVE and the PRIDE of creation of music is satisfying.
    We always try to support our friends who produce memories through music….let us know when you are ready to release the CD and we will purchase a copy…….Dee’s CDs can be purchased on her Facebook page !!!!
    PS:….DON”T do your own editing……Dee always wants to redo EVERY song.


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    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by  zorro.
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  • #1766

    Daniel
    Participant

    Thanks guys!  I’ll let you all know when the CDs drop.  I haven’t the slightest idea what the cover will be yet.

    Chris Pepper (proprietor of Saltwell, producer, musician, engineer) and I do the editing together.  He always suggests time saving fixes. We work well together.  I try to keep the overall project goal in mind, and he works on the day-to-day or song oriented end.

    Daniel

     


  • #1770

    indexless
    Keymaster

    I vote for the pic above as the CD cover, says it all to me

  • #1771

    zorro
    Participant

    DITTO….your profile pic is perfect.


    1993 Martin Custom HD-28 Eir/Sitka
    2001 SCGC Custom F Cutaway Maple/Sitka

    2008 SCGC Custom Otis Taylor H Madi/Italian
    2015 SCGC Custom OM “The Tree” Hog/European
    2016 SCGC Custom 1934 D-45 Braz/ Adi

  • #1786

    Daniel
    Participant

    Thanks Gents.  🙂

    I have been looking at the work of a local photographer named Guy Lejeune.

    One of these http://www.guy-lejeune.weonea.com/galerie/8731/17/
    or perhaps I’ll ask him to take photos of some of my instruments.

    🙂

    D


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