Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Other Last Song

I went and did it again.

Just when I thought the Blue Taxi album was finished, I listened to the first "production copy" a few times, decided I wasn't quite satisfied with it, and quickly slapped-together one more simple, upbeat tune both to add a bit more length to the album and to lift up a bit of emotional sag in the middle. I know this is getting to be a bad habit, but hey...people keep tending to like these spontaneous quickies!

I give you "Publicly Private".

I's not very original. I'm probably going to get all kinds of comments about how it "sounds a lot like (if not just like) [?]". Oh well, it's all in fun. Hopefully I can satisfy myself enough not to want to shove on yet another one. Even though it's a (kind of half-hearted) quickie, there were some important lessons learned. Details are on my Minstrel's Muse site. Enjoy!

(You know, iTunes definitely makes a better-sounding mp3 rip than that file-conversion app I've been using. I think I'll replace all the Blue Taxi mp3 files I have posted online...or at least those few examples I decide to keep there!)



  • Bravo! What ever you did to make it sound good keep doing it.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 4:44 AM  

  • Thanks!
    There were a number of things I tried, but perhaps the most significant was increased use of equalizers. I forgot that my Sonic Cell synth/interface has a whole bunch of onboard effects including multi-band equalizers. I was able to boost the treble in the vocals much better than I could with this version of Sonar. I also ran the whole mix through an eight-band equalizer (in Sonar) and used almost the same pattern I used in my old 4-track recordings. It is a bit punchier, I think.

    Interestingly, all the guitar tracks except the lead part used clean or near-clean sounds. The lead part is going through my Marshall Guv'nor Plus distortion and Reflector reverb pedals.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:07 PM  

  • I love it! Really jolly! Makes me feel young again. I am not going to say that it sounds like anything, but it makes me think of early David Bowie stuff.

    Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Chief Rock Chef, at 6:13 PM  

  • Chief Rock Chef-
    Thanks! As for me, I've been making it a point not to allow myself to get old. ;-)

    It's not my usual style, to be sure (which was kind of the point), and I don't mind being compared to early Bowie at all!

    It's kind of ironic (and embarrassing) that I really wasn't so familiar with Bowie until the Tokyo band I belong to (though we haven't gigged for a couple of years) did "Suffragette City", and I did the vocals. I immediately ran out and got Ziggy Stardust. Cool stuff!

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 8:38 PM  

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