RPM Freakout – #RPM2020

from my RPM Challenge account:

I have 10 songs mixed, so I should be breathing a sigh of relief.  Nope, I’m more stressed than ever.

Revised to do list:

Song #7 needs lead guitar.

Song #15 needs bass and drums.

Song #18 needs lead guitar.

Song #19 needs rhythm guitar and two lead guitars… because I started working on it yesterday.  It’s going to be an instrumental though, so no hiding where no one can hear me sing necessary.

No need to freak out… but still freaking out.  Going on vacation at 4:00am tomorrow.  All tracking needs to be done by bed time tonight.

Freakin’ out.

Note, I put the hash tag into the title of this post so that it will show up in Twitter.  That’s the only reason.  I’m a nerd.  What can you do.


To Do List

I’ve probably mentioned most of this before, but why not do it again?  I put up a new blog post on the RPM Challenge website.  Here’s what I wrote:

I am leaving for Disney World on Sunday before dawn so all of this crap needs to be done before I leave.  I think I can do some mixing in my hotel room at night before sleep, but if I don’t get to it all I’ll be home to finish it off on the 29th.  I need all of the tracking done before I go and any song that isn’t done goes onto the dropped list.

So what’s left?

Song #7 needs a bass, drums, and guitar leads.

Song #10 needs bass and drums.

Song #12 needs bass and drums.

Song #18 needs guitar leads.

That’s it.  The three bass and drum tracks are just midi in GarageBand.  I can do those with headphones on tonight before bed.  The guitar leads will be noisy, I’ll have to find some time to do that tomorrow in between packing and vacation prepping.

No problem!

The Florida trip starts on Sunday, but my actual vacation starts in just over four hours.

I’m ready.

I’m so completely ready.


I stuck around the house this morning so that I could do a little more recording.  I didn’t get to everything I wanted to get to but I’m almost done with the tracking.  Tomorrow I will wrap it all up.

I was able to stay home later than usual because it is Massachusetts school vacation week, which means greatly reduced traffic, and it’s Friday which also means greatly reduced traffic.  I was watching Waze as I worked and my expected travel time never topped 40 minutes.

At least it didn’t until I was actually on the road.  With Waze listing my estimated time of arrival at 9:00 on the dot it suddenly recalculated my route and asked me to get the hell off of route 93 South like pronto.  Uh oh.  The arrival time jumped up to 9:12 and the traffic in front of me stopped dead.  There was an accident between Dascomb Road and Route 125 somewhere.  I was able to get off at Dascomb, but the traffic in Andover was awful and I limped back to the highway one exit further down.  I ended up being 15 minutes late.  Damn it.  I got stuck in some traffic on 128 South too because of an accident on 128 North.  Rubberneckers are jerks, am I right?

Change of subject, I am still putzing along on my Flickr Photo a Day Challenge.  I took yet another picture of a guitar after I wrapped up my “session” (heh heh) this morning.  That puts me at 174 days.  I thought my previous best was 174 too so I was thinking of writing something goofy tomorrow when I broke my record.  I looked back at the blog post where I sketched out all of my previous failures and it turns out my previous record was 154, not 174.  Dumb ass.  So, yippee.  New World Record.  174/365.


One Day

Did I mention that for some idiotic reason I started a couple of new songs today?  Well I’ve finished one of them already.

When I woke up there was a dumb strummy little riff in my head.  It was a telecommute day so I was able to record it and turn it into a whole (kinda lame) song.  I recorded all of the rhythm guitars to a basic guide drum track.  At lunch time I wrote the lyrics and the melody and recorded the vocals and the lead guitar.  After work I replaced the midi drums with a GarageBand drummer and I added the midi bass.  In the hour or so before bed I mixed it and uploaded it everywhere.

Its not a very good song, but it’s kinda cool to go from nothing to finished over the course of a single day.  I did the same with another new song but didn’t get a chance to add the drums and bass or do a mix.  Everything that requires a microphone is done.  There is a third new song that is just bass, drums, and a piano melody with some lyrics.  I’m hoping I can get all of the recording for that one done before work in the morning.  There is also one other song that still needs a lead guitar.  Fingers crossed I get both songs finished before I have to leave for work.

Lots of Progress – #RPM2020

I did a musical ton today, including writing and recording two entirely new songs.  Why the hell did I do that?

I did a ton of guitar before work this morning.

I did vocals for the two new songs during lunch.

I also did more guitars at lunch. I was burning through stuff really fast, which probably means it’s all crap.

After work I mixed a song. It’s one of the songs that I am doing two versions of, so it isn’t “new” as far as the project is concerned, but it’s new in that it didn’t exist a couple of hours ago.

Song… Number Six, I think? And Seven too!

I think this is the sixth song I’ve finished.  Yeah, I have seven files and two of them are different versions of the same song, so that leave six.  Yeah.  I think the running time is up to round 19 minutes too.

I’m liking the guitar sounds.  The rhythm used the Klon KTR and I’m in tonal love.  The lead is the KTR after a Big Muff clone (Wren and Cuff Tri Pi ’70) and it’s just filthy and wonderful.

I think I knew what the lyrics were about at some point, but I don’t remember.

The RPM Challenge website is down.  Raise your hand if you’re panicking.

(Robbie slowly, timidly raises a panicked hand)


I forgot to click publish on this post and went ahead and mixed the seventh song before I realized it.  So you get a bonus song in this post!  Aren’t you happy?  Free stuff!

This one is… meh.  Enough said.

Plans are for Wimps

I said I was going to record more sax tonight. I even wrote a 50 page essay on it in the previous post.

Guess what I did…

I said I wasn’t going to add guitar to the acoustic songs until everything else was done. Guess what I did…

Two of the four electric songs that needed lead guitar now have lead guitar. Three of the acoustic song that only had sax now have lead guitar too.

My finger tips hurt.