March 11, 2021

DonnCherie

  • Mid-day chat about her idea for a new bridge section in “FK”
  • Totally diggin’ it. I’ll work that idea into the rough track later this week.

HH Musical

  • Wrote some lyrical variations for the 4 choruses of “You Gotta Know Your Woman”
  • That song is good to go now. Incorporated the song chart into the script so it’s really official
  • Greg dug the song as well.
  • He asked when we’d be ready to do a table read. I think we’re damn close. But I really want to have all the songs written first.
  • I’m on a roll so I’m going to try and write the last 3 songs over the next few weeks.
  • Maybe I start asking around about doing a table read – might keep a flame under my butt for songwriting.

Adam Rabin

  • Tinkered with idea of doing a mash-up of “Maiden Voyage of the Acrolite” and “Cigar Box 3000”
    • I tweaked the tempo of the latter to match the former – just needed to be slowed by 2 bpm so it’s not noticeable.
    • Slightly different keys. But that never stopped me in the past.
    • Low priority project but something I’ll pick up if I’m only in the mood to dick around
  • And, I heard from Lyle who spent some time working on a guitar solo for “Here For You” which is a tune I started with Adam W and Chris C about two years ago. That song will see the light of day at some point.
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February 25, 2021

Slow week creatively. Needed recharging time.

HH Musical

  • Had 2.5 hour chat with Greg about one scene – the big climax scene.
  • A lot happens in that scene and it was taking too long to get to all that action so we removed the song from the beginning of the scene – chop!
  • The scene also ends kind of limp. The epilogue that follows has the big musical number. We’re thinking of dropping the epilogue and making this scene the last one and putting the final number here. The plot has played itself out so let’s wrap it up.
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February 16, 2021

HH Musical

  • Added a few lines of dialog based on my chat with Greg a few days ago.
  • Felt good to open the play up again.
  • Created an Instagram account for the play. Partly to secure the name of the play (not likely to get snagged) but also because the play itself mentions posting to IG.

Studio

  • Played around with Moog Werkstatt-01.
  • Barely know what I’m doing.
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January 30, 2021

This lazy Saturday is turning out to be quite blog-worthy.

HH Musical

  • Got first feedback on the play, from Sam Kurnit. Favorable and constructive.
  • Passed it on to Greg. Waiting to hear back from him.
  • I need to start a new document with everybody’s feedback. Email chains get out of hand very quickly.

DonnCherie

  • Arranged and recorded parts for “Blame” – electric guitar, bass and drum programming, loops, etc.
  • We were both very pleased with it.
  • Once she gives it a few more listens, we’ll chat about what we like, don’t like, and want to add.

Adam Rabin solo

  • Set a date and time for recording my appearance on Tod Pronto’s “Coffee with Tod” show.
  • I have the 3-song set list boiled down to 4 songs.
  • Will spend more time today rehearsing.
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January 25, 2021

Everything

  • Had a long Zoom chat with Greg to talk about February projects.
  • There won’t be an album-in-a-month this year. Too many other projects of various sizes are already underway or committed to for the coming months.
    • Greg has a writing project of his own.
    • I will be performing on Tim Lewis’ Sounds of Burlington at Robot Dog Studio on February 12th. (No release date yet.) I will be rehearsing for that big time over the next two weeks.
    • I am producing DonnCherie’s tracks. I have arrangements and instrumentations to work on.
    • If there is one project I’m planning on completing in February it’s the musical. I’ve softly committed to finishing the songwriting by 2/28.

Groundhog Day

  • I’m done remixing the GD catalog. On listening back to everything, I came to several realization about what the project was, what it means to me now, and what I should do with those recordings going forward.
  • With that in mind, Scott and I settled on a track list for a compilation of the “Essential” tracks and I will release that this week.
  • I removed the complete four albums from the web. They’re now “out of print.”
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January 24, 2021

February Album-in-a-month / RPM Challenge

February is coming and I’m starting to think about the RPM Challenge again. Do I dive back in so soon. I took 8 years off last time. Is one year enough recovery time? Last night and this morning I brainstormed the following list of possible projects I could do in February for the RPM Challenge. I realize many of these of not strictly to RPM standards in that I wouldn’t be starting from scratch on February 1st but I don’t mind bending that rule this year.

  1. Picnic*
    • Record the first song Greg and I wrote together back in 1991 with Greg on guitar.
  2. Neb Crabula 2014 tracks*
    • Greg laid down a handful of guitars and vocals when he came up to visit for a possible Neb Crabula EP.
    • I could flesh them out by recording the drums, keys, etc.
  3. Unfinished Solo Tunes
    • I have a handful of solo tracks in various stages of completion I could finish up.
  4. Mahout concept album*
    • Mahout is traditionally Greg talking and me making music that goes behind it.
    • The three words “Mahout concept album” popped into my head yesterday so I texted them to Greg and we chatted about them.
  5. Nothing
    • Literally. Do nothing but chill, goof off, take the month off from music.
    • This is always an option.
  6. The Musical
    • Finish writing the songs for the musical we’ve been working on.
    • Maybe even record some backing tracks for them
    • File this option under “Should.”
  7. Conventional solo album
    • Like it says. Me just hammering out an album on my own.
    • Been there, done that.
    • But to be fair, I won’t be inviting anybody over to my house during lockdown so this might be it.
  8. Mailbox Live
    • Pick 30-60 minutes of classic Mailbox material to record and video in a “live”-like setting in the studio.
    • Mix and master it for a “broadcast” at the end of the month.
    • Easy and fun idea if not the most ground-breaking.
  9. Elephants of Scotland album
    • Write an album of EoS material and record my parts (drums, keys, acoustic, vocals).
    • Yeah, just write a whole prog album. Make it a double-length concept album while yer at it, ya nutjob.
    • I would record the rest of the band and finish the album up after the world opens up again.
  10. Elephants of Scotland Acoustic Album
    • Re-record a bunch of EoS tunes in a more acoustic style.
    • I’ve done “The Other Room” and “Full Power” in the past and I liked how they turned out.
  11. Different Collaborator
    • Instead of EoS or Neb Crabula, write and record an album with somebody else (preferably just me and one other)
  12. Backing Tracks
    • Jam out an album’s worth of instrumentals that somebody could add songs on top of later.
  13. Radio show
    • I was provisionally invited to appear on a radio show/podcast to perform a few songs and get interviewed.
    • If that happens, I should probably focus on rehearsing for that.
    • And I think I’d be able to release it.

* Would require Greg’s availability. Our schedules are looking like they might not jibe this February.

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