Don’t Touch My Stuff

The folks who will be installing our new water heater are here. Work is underway. Please, oh gods of plumbing and water heating, allow this to be Lake Asshole’s (more recently known as Bucket Asshole) final day. Oh please, oh please. Thank you.

I mixed another song while I was waiting for them to get here this morning. Song number 44 of an expected 52.

50/90 is officially not fun anymore. At least the 50/90 website portion of the project. Last night while I slumbered someone commented on the song I posted before I went to bed suggesting that he could remaster it for me and asking if that would be okay. Then without ever getting a response he remastered it and posted a link to it.

Ummmm… No.

I know we’re all amateurs and trying to get better at what we do and all of those good things, but Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Fuck With My Stuff Without Permission. It’s really that simple. I made all of my song links private so no one can get to them but me. 99.999% of the people I’ve dealt with have been wonderful and supportive and the few comments I get are always great, but one guy had to Fuck With My Stuff Without Permission and just utterly ruined the whole experience for me.

I plan to keep posting songs there as private so that I get the little trophy next to my name, but that’s it. If I play the game again next year I will probably do it alone, without using the website at all.

Song Number 43

43 songs down, seven to go, and nine more are in the pipeline. We’re going to finish this year’s 50/90 Challenge and we’re going to go a couple of songs over the goal. I’m feeling pretty good about it this year. It’s going to take something major to stop me from finishing, though I am positive I just jinxed it so we can all expect to read a headline in tomorrow’s news: Red head struck by lightning in freak indoor thunderstorm.

Guaranteed.

I was thinking about taking a handful of less sucky songs from this year’s batch and making a stand alone album of some kind. Maybe pick 8-10 songs and redo them to make better sounding recordings and package them up as a sort of quarantine tunes spin off thingie. Maybe I could add a song or two from the Record Every Month RPM project too, as technically all of the 50/90 songs qualify for that too.

We’ll see.

Will this song make it? I don’t know. Let’s say it’s on the bubble and leave it at that for now.

Morning and Night

I spent the morning before work recording guitar solos, and then I spent the evening after work recording more guitar solos. What a world.

Once again we were able to schedule a watch party so we could watch the new episode of What If? with Harry. No spoilers, but it was a nice change of pace to not have a super gloomy, dark, evil story and instead have some goofy fun. Jen and I kept the Burgers and Marvel tradition in tact, but they were turkey burgers and it wasn’t take out, so it was a little different. I liked it.

50/90: 42 songs finished and another seven have all of the parts tracked and are ready to mix. Three more are still waiting on lead guitars… and that’s it. Assuming I don’t get the overwhelming urge to do more in the final week, I am going to end on 52 this year and assuming an asteroid doesn’t hit the Earth and obliterate New England (or some similar catastrophic shit) I think I am going to finish on time. I want that little trophy image next to my name on the 50/90 site.

As Troh once said, Huzzah.*


*No spoilers, okay?

Morning Music

Stuff going on here in chez OurHouse but I am not going to mention it because it’s nunya. So here’s a music update instead.

When I woke up, very early, today I had 42 songs finished, one ready to mix, two ready for leads, and five ready to sing. I finished the vocals on all five of them, and added leads to three. I think all three were sung today, so the two from yesterday are still ready. Woah! 50/90 is almost done!

Here you can see the last vocal being tracked:

Here you can see that I am back upstairs with the Fender amp, and I put the Keeley D&M Drive onto the board. I used it a lot this morning. This little rig is pretty damn sweet.

Still a lot to do before 50/90 is finished, but with eight days left it’s starting to feel pretty good.

Now if only the songs didn’t suck.

Ripped Myself Off

I hate it when I write a song that rips off a song that I already wrote… and it’s happening A LOT these days.

I mentioned the other day that it happened again. The two songs don’t exactly sound a like, but the structures involved were practically identical. Let’s see how they sound back to back.

Here’s the second song, which I mixed tonight… poorly. This might be the shoddiest recording/mixing job of the year. Whatever, it’s done.

Now here is the song I posted the other night, reposted here for your listening torture.

Can you hear what I’m talking about? From my point of view this is shameful, but to a listener who wasn’t there when the self robbery happened? I don’t know if it’s quite as clear.

Whatever, I’m up to 42 completed songs with nine days left.

ADDENDUM: Holy shit! It’s worse than I thought! They are so similar they are almost identical in every way imaginable. Good lord, I SUCK!!!!!

Car Music

Car music today! Success even though I SUCK AT SINGING.

I finished five songs. I have three more that are ready to go and I am hoping to add two more to the list. That means there will likely be another car music tomorrow and maybe one more after that. 10 days left including today. Yikes!

When I got home I moved the MacBook and all that come with it from Harry’s room back into our room. I now have a Mac desk in one room and a Windows desk in another. Am I out of my mind? Yupper. Affirmative.

Now I have to go get my haircut before its mass reaches the point of hydrostatic equilibrium and it crushes my entire body into a spherical shape and small objects start orbiting me. Granted, my gut is already at this stage, I just mean that my hair will be at that stage too, right? I’ll be sort of like a binary planetary system or some shit.

Oh, and here’s the clock downtown!

Song Number 40

I’m sharing this song not because it’s good but because another song I started working on a couple of days later has almost exactly the same structure… and at the time of writing the second song I had no idea I was repeating myself.

The second song isn’t done yet, though I did write words for it this morning. Car music tomorrow? Maybe.

I’m curious to hear how similar they will sound when they are both finished. I’m guessing they will be pretty identical, to me at least.

New Tune

I’m sharing this one because I’m 90% sure I have written it at least once in the past. Possibly in the not so distant past. Also, because I threw it together very quickly and now that it’s done I have like 10 ideas for changes to it and if it weren’t part of a song writing challenge in the final days I might have just started over but nope, here it is, crap and all.

One other 50/90 note… I put rhythm guitars onto two songs tonight… I now have rhythm guitars on 50 songs. Two weeks left and I have enough songs with significant progress made and I am dangerously close to finishing this puppy. Now watch me blow it somehow.

Hosed

Work has been insane this week. Since Friday, really. In:Sane.

I took a minute to check on the Lake Asshole Bucket. It was maybe 15% full. I put the wet vac’s hose into the bucket and sucked all of that shit right up. Bucket:Empty. That worked much better than trying to get the blender out from under the pipe without spilling anything (which was impossible).

The dehumidifier is still cranking away. I had to empty it once. The floor is pretty much dry. Oh happy day.

Two weeks (approximately) until they come to replace the water heater. Two weeks of Lake Asshole monitoring.

Now I will have time to have dinner with the love of my life, watch What If with the love of my life and possibly with my step son (via a watch party), and then add lead guitars to the four songs that are currently ready for them. The finished 50/90 song count is currently sitting at 38. Four more are ready for leads, six are ready for vocals (car music in the morning?), and two barely exist.

Hopefully going to make a push over the next couple of days… assuming work lets me. Have I mentioned work has been insane this week? In:Sane.