TWO TONE CRISIS
Not sure I’ve got the words quite right there, but as the title suggests, I’ve been on a bit of an English Beat jag, listening to their entire discography, but in particularly the two polar points of their career, ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’ and ‘Save It For Later’. I have even undertaken the task of learning to play the latter song on acoustic guitar, working out an arrangement I can play that sounds like the right elements of the song for me. I’m trying to learn it properly as well, but I’m not convinced that I can achieve both at once. David Wakeling already does a pretty nice acoustic take of the song on his own, and Pete Townshend and Dave Gilmour did a stellar cover of it using a more Townshend-like arrangement, so I know it can be done, but I’m not enough of a guitar player to really conquer the intricacies of the song, in or out of DADAAD tuning. I did an early demo of me banging away at a rough approximation that doesn’t really sound much like the song, which I posted on Vimeo:
I joked last year about starting a Progressive Ska band. I called it The Rhythm Assassins:
I meant it as a joke, but I tell you, there are days and days when I think this may have been my best off-the-cuff fake band idea of them all. I may have to actually try to put such an act together someday. I still don’t know precisely what it would sound like, but finding out sounds like a fun thing to do. I can be so deadly serious when it comes to music, I have to deliberately devise methods to make it fun for me.
IN OTHER NEWS…
I have SO much stuff to do right now. I have a newsletter to arrange (layout), ‘edit’ and draw (I’m doing my issue as a comic book). I have PB proposals to organize, research and write about. I have to house/dog sit for my uncle and aunt, as a somewhat distant relative died the other day. I have two more chapters of THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO to write to get the second act complete. I HAVE started planning the third act, but it’s too soon to tell if I’m going to publish the acts together or separately. I also really want to get back to work on PASSAGE TO BUJAH, which still sounds like a really good commercial/oddball idea, but I have to hurry because the whole dystopian YA thing may be overdone by now. I have almost no time to work on STEEP INCLINATIONS, but I’m still incubating how to resolve my problems with the album concept (mainly, I’m worried that it’s still a bit contrived sounding). And the Tarot painting series and the Stinson mural (which I didn’t get the gig for, but I have plans for it nonetheless) projects are languishing, watercolor paper and canvases piled up by my drawing table/easel. I really want to work on all of these things, but even I am only one man, much to my chagrin.
On the band front, Gary has been moved into the same building complex Derrick and I live in for just over a month now, and we’ve done absolutely no work. He’s already got a new girlfriend, so of course, he has no time for us. Derrick is waiting for us to get things together. I need money to buy a headphone amp for the three of us. I’m probably going to have to buy it myself, if and when i can. I want one that will allow me to tweak mixes for each player, so they can hear exactly what they need to hear to play right. I also want to make sure there is just enough space for perhaps one more musician, as I live in hope that, if we can’t get it together as a power trio, that we might at least find a lead guitarist or keyboard player who can carry some of the slack.
These old riffs I’m planning on reviving and reworking are a lot of fun to listen to once I get them cleaned up, even though they are FAR from polished enough for serious listening. Problem is, I have a workaround method for cleaning them up which takes time to do, and I haven’t had much of that. I particularly enjoy listening to Big Dave’s bass playing. He was such an underappreciated contributor to the band sound. I miss him.
Time to take the meds, get dressed, and choose a job to work on. Probably the news letter. Thank you for reading.