I started watching the new season of The Umbrella Academy yesterday. I just watched episode four. During the big climactic fight scene at the end the soundtrack made a kind of unfortunate choice. I was Made for Loving You by Kiss. Possibly my least favorite song by my least favorite band. Disco Kiss. It’s kinda shameful. Even worse than that terrifying period when the Rolling Stones went all disco.
So I’m watching the fight. Good guys kicking the crap out of bad guys, you know, and the song comes to the guitar solo. My first thought was, tonally speaking Ace Frehley (assuming it was Ace Frehley playing) sounded a lot like Alex Lifeson on the first couple of Rush records. Gibson guitar, cranked Marshall amp. Classic. Then it hit me… the actual solo he was playing… the phrases sounded a lot like… well… they sounded a lot like me.
Well… that’s too bad.
Not surprising that Ace and I steal from the same people, just kinda painful to learn that one of the people I steal from is actually someone I don’t even like very much. Not that I’m saying he’s not a good guitar player, he’s very good. You won’t hear me say a bad word about any of them. It’s just… Kiss… ugh. My guitar playing sounds like the guy from Kiss. Ugh.
I played some rhythm guitar today. I recorded the three songs I mentioned this morning that were ready, and I started a new song, did the whole arrangement for it, and recorded the rhythm guitar parts all before dinner. August music is officially underway.
I also did something I haven’t done in months. I messed around with different overdrive pedals. Not only that, I recorded a couple of songs without using a Klon style pedal. Two of the songs, including the new one, just used my Tube Screamer Mini. I haven’t used that pedal in years. Also, I tried my Mosky Black Rat (it’s still plugged in in the picture).
I’ve had that pedal for months and I’d never even plugged it in. I can’t remember when I bought it, January? Something like that? One day I decided I needed to have a Rat style pedal in my pedal arsenal. I bought the cheapest little Chinese made clone amazon had. When it arrived I took it out of the box, put it on my dresser and…
…today I plugged it in. I used it by itself with the gain really low and it sounded pretty sweet. Maybe it’s time to look into getting a real ProCo Rat.
Anyway, I still have three songs that don’t have an arrangement yet, and now seven that are ready for vocals.
It’s August 1st. I cannot believe it’s already August 1st. The universe ended in March, how can it be August? What the freak?
So where are we with 50/90, because that’s what really matters to the universe, right? Ugh.
July 4-31 saw work on exactly 20 songs. 11 of them are done and done. Likely never to be listened to, or even thought of again. Three more songs have guitars but are waiting patiently for lyrics and vocals. Three more have a complete form but are waiting quite impatiently for guitars. That leaves three that are just a couple of little bass guitar noodles. One of which is only a few hours old. I snuck it in last night just before midnight.
So what does August have in store for us? No clue. I did something to my left thumb a couple of weeks ago. It hurts but I don’t think it’s broken. My range of motion is decreased a little, but not too much. It hurts to make a fist, and sometimes it hurts to lift things. It does not hurt to play guitar, but if it doesn’t get better I am going to have to have a doctor look at it. If there is something wrong and they need to immobilize it then guitar is going right out the window.
Other than that, my hope is to get up near 40 by the end of the month. I need to do at least 10 from start to finish in order to keep the album in a month streak alive, and I need to save at least 10 for the same reason in September. You know, now that I think of it… there is a shit load left to do. Ugh, I’m all intimidated now.
I recorded lead guitars and mixed three songs tonight. That puts me at 11 out of the goal of 50. Why the rush? I mean, my laptop battery is down to 9%. Surely I could have pushed one song off to tomorrow.
February, March, April, May, June… all have a complete album in a month project. Also, they all were completed on the 29th day of the month.
Today is the 29th of July, and I now have a complete album in a month project for this month, even though that is not technically the challenge I’m playing with at the moment. I still did it, and I still did it by the 29th. Cool.
This one isn’t very good:
This one is okay, I guess:
This one is also okay, I guess:
And now to celebrate my goofy milestone, here are some tintype photos because it’s 1850 or so.
Jen asked for one of the little step stools back so she could use it in the kitchen, so the Bassbreaker is back to sitting on the floor. I’ll find a replacement somewhere.
I thought about playing my Les Paul tonight in memory of the great Peter Green, but the 335 is the only guitar I have with relatively fresh strings. I’ll switch back to the Les Paul soon though… even though Peter Green only really played a Les Paul for about four years worth of his career, it was the important four years, if you know what I mean.
I gave the birds at the light pole a break today and moved over a bit to annoy a tree.
I wrote the lyrics for five songs over the last few days, most of them last night. This morning I recorded them all… poorly. I was out for about 90 minutes and it took me about 50 to warm up. I wish I could actually sing, you know?
50/90 has five songs finished, six songs ready for lead guitar, three songs ready for lyrics, and three songs waiting for rhythm guitar. I’m still stuck at 17. I was hoping to make a dent in the project this weekend, but with my mother in the hospital I’ve spent about 90% of my time just staring at the phone and waiting for news that isn’t coming.
As for the July album in a month mini-project, I have a shot at having 11 songs that are completely written and recorded in July. I’m not sure if I am going to have it in me for more lyrics and car vocals before the end of the month, but I should be able to finish off at least five of the six songs that have vocals already. We’ll see.
On the whole, I am hoping to be a more productive member of society today. Instead of sitting and staring at the phone waiting for news, I am going to try and do some yard work while staring at the phone and waiting for news. We’ll see how that goes.
Please please please please let them discharge her today. Please please please.