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.
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).
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.
Already the Vibrations are being felt across the universe. In places & moments throughout existence, the ten songs that make up the new album are being Experiænced by fans & new listeners alike. As we speak, there are souls who are listening to these new songs for the first time – reacting to the frequencies, tones & instrumentations. Their minds & bodies are in sync & are beginning to feel a shift. It is a chance to grow into something greater. A chance to Experiænce a deeper level – a deeper meaning. Something that is just below the surface – but something that we all can still sense.
Take a step, one small step in your journey through exsitence. Experiænce the new Candle album right now. Continue reading →
What does it take for the Individual to achieve their Higher Self? This is a question asked of the listener of Candle’s latest studio album Vibrations, released today on Layaway Records. Written in February 2014 as part of the annual online song writing challenge February Album Writing Month (www.fawm.org), Candle’s sixth studio album is the result of a new method of composing music. Continue reading →