My friend, Joanne Gabriel (joannegabriel.bandcamp.com), has inspired me to experiment with creating sounds with my guitar. As such, I sat down recently & recorded a bunch of songs using regular household spoons as the main method of strumming the strings on my guitar. I played around with a bunch of effects in Jeskola Buzz & was able to create some really otherworldly & spacey tones. After recording these songs, I had this sudden brainstorm to release them as an EP of demos.
These are the demos that resulted from this process.
Progressive Rock has had a strange history. From its early days in England in the late ’60’s, its arena-rock success of the early 70’s to its cultish status since its heyday; Prog Rock has seen a lot of changes. Some of the Prog Rock bands have had a lasting influence on music, whilst others are so obscure even the most knowledgeable music guru takes pains to think of one of their songs. There has been much criticism of Prog over the years – both negative & positive. That the musicians are talented & highly skilled has never been in doubt. That they can be seen as pretentious and flamboyant, perhaps. But Prog Rock has always enraptured my imagination because of its artistry – the way it uses music to tell stories & build pictures in the listener’s head. Plus, I’ve always liked the idea that some songs just need to be longer then four or five minutes.
I used to play a bit of a game with some friends of mine – something to just pass the time. We would imagine we were stuck on a deserted island with a single ninety minute mix tape as our only musical solace. The game was to pick the songs that we would put on that Deserted Island Mix Tape. I always laughed that mine wouldn’t hold all of my “must have” songs – since most of them were beyond the six minute mark. Well, the below list is my Prog Rock Desert Island Mix – if I could only have ten Prog Rock songs, these would be them.
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 →
My timeline for the mastering & final delivery of the new Candle studio album, Vibrations, has stagnated. To be honest, I have not even contemplated working on it for over a month now. Well, that is not entirely true: fleeting thoughts have momentarily floated through my consciousness, reminding me of the unfinished work I have yet to complete in this regard. But beyond these small reminders that have yet to be acted upon, my mind & my energies have been directed at other pursuits.
Such is the fickleness of human attention.
I am constantly blaming the mundane for the distractions in my life – an assement which is a bit of a crutch. It is an easy out in my mind. An old, well worn tool that passifies any anxieties I feel. I can simply blame the world & its demands upon me for keeping me from doing the things I know I need to achieve. And this goes beyond the performance & creation of my music. It applies to all aspects of my complex & multi-faceted life. The mundane is my scapegoat. One I constantly call upon when I do not wish to look at the deeper causes of my own stagnation.
Today is the last day of a three day “weekend” (I am currently working nights & weekends at work, so my “weekend” happens mid-week) thanks to Remembrance Day. Though I have ticked off some of the items on my To Do List, there is much I did not achieve. One of these items is continuing to Master Vibrations. Well, fear not loyal Candle Fans & other followers of my unique musings: I am going into my studio after lunch & dedicating the afternoon to working on Vibrations. It is high time that I finish this project that started in February. It is time to be ready to release the album to the world. It is time, indeed – it is Truly time.