Week 44, Simple Alarm

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This was one of those weeks and songs that seemed to conspire against my meeting the deadline. With only eight songs left, there was no way that was I going to say “screw it”, but consequently some elements of the song, and all elements of my voice, suffered.

I was lucky enough to get one of those really awesome summer head-colds last week, right around the time that a heat wave blasted the Eastern US. On top of that foundation I added a hard-fought game of softball, the usual regimen of sleep deprivation, and a Karl Hendricks Trio show on Saturday night. I’m pretty sure that it was the really long show at a really smoky bar that did me in, because the next day, the day that the song was due, the song for which I hadn’t written lyrics and recorded vocals yet, on that day my voice was seriously shot. I soldiered on and tried to go through the process of restoring my voice as best as I could recall the techniques from my days singing in the high school touring choir over a long time ago. But to no avail. I couldn’t get anything other than a scratchy mess out of it and I was getting pretty frustrated. I put off the recording until the evening, and then finally just went through with my best effort to disguise my vocal incompetence by recording multiple takes in both octaves.

When I finally sat down to start mixing the song, and after a more liberal application of effects to the vocal mix, I found them to be surprisingly palatable, and with scratchier voice and sloppier guitar and drum performances than I would’ve liked, I made the deadline.

The recording is similar to the last few. The scratchy vocals were recorded with the iPhone mic as usual, and all of the instruments were recorded with the Alesis ProTrack, with the slight variation that the guitar amp was my Fender Twin instead of the Orange Crush for guitars. I broke out my trusty old Twin to begin the process of relearning some of the older songs for the first live performance of the Project 52 songs, which will be at the grand finale show, which I’ll be writing more about as soon as a few more of the details come together.

2 Comments to Week 44, Simple Alarm

Seth Madej
July 14, 2010

Before I read the text of your post I was thinking, “I really like the vocals on this one.” Try trashing your voice more often.

July 15, 2010

Haha, thanks Seth. Will do.

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