Let There Be Music… Again

Hello folks, I hope you’re all good out there. 2024 is in full swing and so am I, so I thought I’d update you a little. I want to make this year a musical one, but what the hell does that mean? I hear you ask. Some of you will know that over the years I’ve played in many bands, along with recording and producing various music projects. Unfortunately though due to health reasons that slowed significantly for a number of years. My health is still fluctuating at times if I’m honest but I’m pleased to say it’s been better of late and I decided that this year I will attempt to record and release a complete album of new solo songs.

I’ll use Bandcamp to release the stuff as I have in the past for solo stuff and also my old band 20lb Sounds. You can find those things via those links if you haven’t heard them.

It may not sound like much of an undertaking but it does involve rebuilding my studio and writing a lot of new material if possible. I currently have 5 or 6 songs ready to go but I’d like to get to 10 ideally. I was discussing it with a friend and she said not to worry about the number of songs but instead focus on the quality. I wouldn’t put stuff on an album just to fill space or hit an arbitrary amount of tracks, but 10 feels a good number. Can I still write after all this time? Do I have anything to write about? Honestly I don’t know, but it’s going to be interesting to find out. I am pretty pleased with a couple of the songs, I’ll share some soon.

New Studio In Progress

The first challenge in this process was sorting out my studio and moving things around (see above). I haven’t had my keyboard set up in over a year, much less played it. I also needed to rebuild the studio PC (hardware and software) and get a load of things sorted. For those interested in music tech I recently bought a 3rd gen Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, and so for I’m pretty pleased with it. It has really good Linux support which is important to me but I have a confession to make… I’m using Reaper on Windows at the moment for music production. I know I know, I hang my head in shame. As a Linux advocate I know some people will be disappointed but I will also be trying to get into using Ardour and other things on Linux. Reaper also works on Linux I know, so perhaps I will investigate that. If anyone reading has suggestions or advice for this please let me know in the comments. I’m happy to hear about it. Also thoughts or experiences with the Focusrite are welcome.

I have a large collection of VST plugins I’ve built up over the years and while I’ve heard you can use them on Linux with WINE (or VSThost), I’ve never found the time to really try it. I do all my podcast production on Linux and always have, so no fears there.

Back to the album project, I am wondering how best to promote and document it as I go. Perhaps YouTube videos with short live performances, blogs updates, live gigs, even a podcast, who knows. Again I’m open to ideas. Would you be interested in any of that?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd gen)

I don’t have a title in mind for the album yet, there’s lots to work on. One thing I did notice listening back to some of my older songs is the lyrics can sound a little depressed or angry. I’ll try to make this one a bit more upbeat but no promises. I have already been working on a blues song. I’ve always loved the blues though hehe.

So you can see from the studio picture that things are taking shape. I have rough versions of a couple of songs recorded already but they need work. I noticed that lack of singing in recent years has affected my voice quite badly, it sounds weak. So I’m a little sensitive about that. I’m considering some vocal lessons to work on breathing, warming up techniques and so on. It’s something I’ve never done before. I used to just open my mouth and hitting notes wasn’t a problem. We’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for now,but hopefully some of you find it interesting, and I’ll be back to share a song or two soon.

Take care πŸ™‚

Dan

4 Comments

  1. Good to hear you are back playing music. Had to get my 20lb Sounds Album out and give it a play. Looking forward to hearing your new stuff.

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