February is just around the corner & I have to admit that I’ll be spending the first weekend of FAWM winter camping with Cub Scouts. It should be a fun weekend, give or take the fact that the forecast highs for the weekend are sitting around the -22°C mark. Oh well, at least there’s the cabin to sleep in.
As for FAWM, I feel like I’m running out of time in my pre-FAWM prep. I’ve reorganized my studio setup & I have yet to get everything up & working the way I want it. This might turn into an ongoing experimentation throughout FAWM – which might inspire some new material.
Ee ghad… It has been almost a year since anything Musical has been brought forth from my muse. And FAWM 2018 is just over the horizon so now my mind is turning back to musical pursuits. I wonder, will my Muse follow?
Available now for the low price of Five Canadian Dollars, you get five new Candle tracks which were written during February Album Writing Month 2015. These are songs that did not fit into the Moonscapes concept album & reflect different recording & compositional techniques then the usual Candle Modus Operati.
I’m starting a new vein of posts whose purpose is to share the most interesting new songs & sonic experiements available. This first post in this new series will explore some remarkable avant-garde & experimental gems from this year’s February Album Writting Month challenge.
To start off, here are three great tunes that are the result of collaborations between two great FAWMers: Fuzzy & Mosley.
I’ve been spinning various ideas around my brain since late November. What to do for FAWM 2016? It’s a FAWM Leap Year so I know I have to do 14½ songs (I always enjoy making an ½ song). I’ve thought of doing a bunch of covers “in a Space Rock Style” with my own compositions to fill out the required 14½. I’ve also thought of just letting my muse lead me (like last year – which produced fabulous results). But the thought I’ve sort of centered on in the last couple of days (influenced no doubt by the passing of the late-great David Bowie) is to finally record my first Concept album – one I conceived of twenty years ago now. Bowie’s Space Oddity was one of the prime influences for the story line with a healthy helping of Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Overdrive (arguably the first Space Rock song) & Atom Heart Mother (a “back catalogue epic” that is rarely heard except by crazy Floydish Fans like me) adding musical flavour & structure.
The concept album is called Beyond The Bounds Of Time & consists of nine songs (many of which have free-form jam sections that keep changing every time I play them). I know the idea is “Feburary Album WRITING Month”, but I find that February & March is the only time I delve deep into the recording process. If I don’t record this album during FAWM, it’ll never get recorded – & it’s already waited twenty years. I plan on filling out the rest of my required songs with my usual “Live-To-Tape” Improvs as well as Collabs (I’m sure Johnny will inspire another song with his always lyrics comments).
Some of you might be familiar with Mojo the Cat. Most of you probably are not. And the whole idea of Catcore may seem absurd to many, but there is something strangely intoxicating with the music of this remarkable feline. I’ve beed a fan of Mojo the Cat since first being introduced to her unique music through FAWM. But I have to say that when Mojo decided to team up with Pop Mythology‘s founder & editor Daniel (more commonly known on the ‘Net as The Pop Mythologist) to help him with his medical treatment costs, I knew this was something special.
As I mentioned in my last blog post, I got a little sidetracked when my buddy Jim asked me about some old recordings I had. I am still working on digitizing & re-mastering my Master Tape Archive from all the bands I was a part of in the late nineties. So that is one project on the go. I still have to edit Acts II-IV of The Good Four so that I can release them. And my mind is starting to think about what I plan to do for FAWM this coming February.
It is on this last topic that I think I’m going to delve into today.