Today is a new day.
Close one book, and open another.
I wrote it, but I've always felt that it was a gift. This song came within inches of being released on a charity CD back in 2000.
Acoustic guitar with light percussion and a lead guitar.
My daughter Margot named this song.
Some songs come from other people. Sometimes people radiate music as they struggle with loss.
Inspired by AC/DC's 'Ride On'. I played everything. It's difficult to emulate a real band jamming all by yourself, one piece at a time, especially when you haven't played drums in ten years.
I got to play this riff with a real drummer just once years ago. We rocked hard, just wish I'd remembered to press the record button. I played everything on this one.
Recorded during Xmas 2002. I attempted to emulate the Sly and the Family Stone sound.
Lots of noise and sour notes, but a pleasant song. I added some strong reverb to make it sound how a choir should sound (awake and alive). The prominent female voice in the center is my ex-wife. Typical Pisces. ;)
One man could not sing in key. He pissed everyone off. People coughing, shuffling about, turning pages loudly,.......one lady up and walked off the stage with her hands over her face. WTF?
Another song from the unfinished sessions by Third Inversion. These guys are my most favored memories of working with bands back then. I love their songs and their passion.
My favorite song from the very first recording project (for someone else) in 2002. Three of these guys went on to become Third Inversion who went on to break up. :D
Half-finished recording. The band broke up before I could re-record the vocal track. Genuine garage recording. The boys just played it straight through, so I "created" the refrain in the beginning and the middle of the song to give it some impact.
Sorry about that click in the file. I ripped the song from a twelve year old home-burned CD. I'm surprised it works at all. :D Jay's singing is out of this world. Multi-instrumentalist, too.
Recorded Dec 2002. Bass guitar is boomy and too loud. I chose to not upload the version with vocals because it is depressing. :)
A sad song written and performed by Jay Strickland. It's a little heavy on the bass guitar, that's the result of using cheap studio monitors. :)
Recorded in CA back in 2002. John Houseman and his daughter singing.
I like this recording because I used only one mic, a cheap MXL condenser, aimed at his chest instead of his face. I feel it gave a nice balance between his voice and guitar. No one likes how he climbs up to the notes. :D
Written and performed by Chad Rowley back in 2004. I wrote and "sang" the bridge. I aimed to achieve the "American Pie" sound, but my gear severely limited me. That gorgeous plate reverb sound comes with a high price.
Tone Report for Budda amp and Gibson SG 61 ri.
I played everything. I built a tunnel of thick blankets extending from the front of the kick drum and put the mic at the end to capture that super-deep kick hit.
Rhythmic leads with light percussion
Me imitating George Winston, 2003. Lots of timing errors. :D
A real drummer told me he plays like me after a fifth of vodka. :D
Very sloppy guitar playing on semi-sloppy drumming. I borrowed the drum tracks from Third Inversion's "Crush" and played a riff over them. Sloppy, but I only cared about documentation of the idea.
This was the most painful recording project I'd ever done. The boys wanted their songs to sound just as bad as their favorite punk recordings from the early 80's. I'd say I gave them what they wanted. :D