- Recorded Tod Pronto’s web show
- Hour-long interview and three songs.
- Goes live Sunday morning.
- Felt good, fun. Performed well, no train wrecks. A bit of a blur from the nervous energy and coffee.
Adam Rabin solo
- Practiced for Tod’s show.
- I’m pretty sure I have picked my three songs. But I printed out and ran through a few others just in case I change my mind.
- Also spent time setting up mic and lighting. Actually, that took a little longer than practicing the songs.
And more fun with my new cigar box guitar:Read more
This lazy Saturday is turning out to be quite blog-worthy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
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.
- Record the first song Greg and I wrote together back in 1991 with Greg on guitar.
- 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.
- Unfinished Solo Tunes
- I have a handful of solo tracks in various stages of completion I could finish up.
- 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.
- Literally. Do nothing but chill, goof off, take the month off from music.
- This is always an option.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Different Collaborator
- Instead of EoS or Neb Crabula, write and record an album with somebody else (preferably just me and one other)
- Backing Tracks
- Jam out an album’s worth of instrumentals that somebody could add songs on top of later.
- 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.Read more
- Recorded new guitar and vocals for “Heliopause”
- Kept same piano and synth tracks from May 2020.
- Mixed and mastered and it’s done. Only took a year.
- [edit: listened the next morning and still like it.]
- Finished “Winter Song” and “Second Winter Song”
- Listened to tracks for possible third song and realized it needs too much work. Will deal with later.
- Made lyric video and web pages for releasing tomorrow.