Tuesday, December 11, 2007

putting it out there

For a while now, I've entertained this vision of finishing and recording at least a few of the dozen or so song fragments that I've begun writing since the demise of RingsEnd in May of 2003. Four and a half years later, I haven't made all that much progress. The number of fragments increases faster than the completed songs. Still, I have managed enough discipline to birth four or five fully-formed tunes with another half-dozen nearing the end of their creative gestation (talk about a long labor).

Anyway, in my original grand master plan, I envisioned myself finishing all of these songs, recording them with exquisitely eclectic arrangements (professional sound quality, of course), and releasing them as a solo album all at once. Needless to say, that hasn't happened. And since I have no idea when that will happen, I've decided to quit being so picky about it. I can polish them later with some studio time: for now, I just want to complete what I've started and get some ideas out there.

To that end, I've uploaded four songs to a site called virb.com. Of the four songs, two are new-ish (written within the past year) and two are a little older. Two are recorded with a little more polish and two are very rough guitar/vocal demos. For a slightly better description, here is the paragraph that I included on my virb page:

The songs on this page are like a bunch of teenagers, all in various stages of development: some of them are young, brand new, a little rough around the edges, barely conscious; others are a little more mature, been around a while...slightly more polished, with just a glimmer of what they potentially (God willing) might become. But none of them have reached "adulthood" yet. I don't like to share parts of songs while I'm writing them - a verse here, a chorus there - but each of these is finished to the degree that it is complete. (N.B. - Don't equate "complete" with any assessment of quality.) And while I suspect there may still be musical or lyrical changes to each at some point in the future, I feel as if maybe it's time to throw them out there while they're still coming of age.

If you want to give it a listen - and I hope you will - here's the site:

P.S. - As a total aside, I just want to state publicly that this blog is lame. I know. It used to sit untouched for days, and now it often goes weeks at a time without a single new word. And I know you're tired of my empty promises to do better...but...maybe in 2008??


annabelle said...

Hey there. Way to go putting it out there. Glad to know you're not letting the music die sans band mates. I blogged about it today, so maybe you'll get that much more exposure. Although that would assume that people other than my friends read it : )

lauren said...

here are my comments... would leave them on "virb" but don't have time to sign up :)

The Specter of Barrington Bay - Demo
This is the most interesting by far for a number of reasons… it tells a good story, there’s a good bit of variation in the style of your play, the vocals are unpredictable yet easy to listen to and very catchy. Love it.

From the Window to the Door
The rhythm on “from the win..” gets just a tad old and it’s on the edge of your range for singing so softly, which makes me think it would be difficult to perform live unless you transposed it down a notch.

Camouflaged Again - Demo
I like the unsuspecting progression of chords on this on. It’s also nice that you get to rock out vocally a bit. Cool.

ps merry christmas!