Week 38 of "Hot Wire" Album 23/11/10 - Got a meeting later on today with Pat and H&C HQ to decide on how we best proceed with "Hot Wire" ... I guess I've just needed a break from it ... checked how far we'd got last nite ... still sounds so funky and good, just need a plan on how to finish it ... will keep u posted!
I'm so looking forward to the Glasgow Kiss Weekend in Feb 2011. Dying to put together the set list for it. A weekend of love songs from Pat and I (I'm gonna ask him to sing "Love Me Tender" :). Please use the comments box below and let us here your suggestions for songs for us to do.
I was organising some hard drive archiving yesterday and stumbled upon this video from the ABC, Glasgow, Feb 2009 ...
... How good is that? ... If u remember, I had a huge hard drive failure in March 2009 and I lost 75% of the video footage from this gig, including this film ... What a find!
Thanks to Graham, Paul, Erin, Cat, Michelle, Darren, Jamie, Kenny ... and the other 1,200 people that were there :)
I did more music for the Song Frames you guys requested ... revisited some songs I hadn't thot about for years (more on that later) ... thank you so much for ordering these, they look great!
As you know, I've been building our Bandcamp site over the last year ... Our full back catalogue for you to listen to! Every week I'm now going to feature a song from our catalogue and explain a little bit about it. Please add to the discussion by posting in the comments box and requesting any song from our catalogue you'd like me to feature and I'll pick one.
I can't remember writing any of the songs from "Stars Crash Down" :( ... I was going through a rough separation from a 5 year relationship at the time ... and also my dad lost his sister, May during the recording ... not good times! but I remember we went to Miraval Studios in the South Of France for 5 weeks to record some of it tho ... see images below.
... I guess Brad Pitt and Angela Jole have it now! ... I'm sure I left a jacket there, must give'm a call and see if they still have it :) It was a beautiful place ... but we didn't get much work done, so we came home and went to Castlesound Studios to get back to work. I noticed from the credits on "Life As Text" that I play bass! ... man, I so can't remember doing that. Re-living this brings back so much I'd forgotten ... I think I now know why it was our last album on Circa Records. Shame tho, it is a good record. Nice gtr playing from my old friends Bobby Henry and Brian McFie on "Life As Text". I've been working with these guys again this year, on separate projects ... they still got it! ... I'm sorry I don't remember much about this song, maybe Pat can help. G
Spent some time at my friend's new studio on Saturday nite, helping him get everything synced. Based around a 27" iMac and Logic 9. Its the first time I've tried Logic 9 (I'm still on version 8) ... version 9 feels great. We opened a couple of bottles of wine and started writing using the loops that came with Logic and my friend's collection of Guitars, Keyboards and odd vintage instruments ... what a great nite. You can get great results very quickly using the Apple Loops facility in Logic 9 ... very fluent workflow. I use 3rd party Apple loops collections from "DrumsOnDemand" and "BigFishAudio" ... and I also create my own ... If I ever get around to offering the multi-tracks of our albums I will create Apple Loops of each track so you can easily manipulate them. You can also use Apple Loops in Garageband, they are great for writing with! Here's some of the ones I use.
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