A whole new EP and a whole new way of getting it out. A few random thoughts as I send my last child’s namesake off into the world.
So this is my new EP called Olivier. My fourth and last project named after one of my kids with songs reflecting love and loss.
When Corinne came out back in 2005, I thought I was done with both fathering kids and naming my records after them. Along came a change of heart and along with it Olivier (the baby) in 2008. So basically I was contractually obligated to my family to put this out so no one gets left out.
It’s probably the least accessible (definitely the least upbeat) of my solo projects so of course this is the one I’m putting on iTunes via Tunecore. Call me whatever….
I was also dissatisfied with Area 1234 as the only place to get my music, so I’ve put this EP on a Bandcamp page where you can stream it and download it free until 2011 starts in a couple of days. I’m still thinking about how to handle things after that.
I’m from GarageBand
When I got my MacBook Pro for Christmas last year, my recording capabilities took a quantum leap. I know that’s kind of a ridiculous statement, but my goal when I started recording again in 2001 was to simply do as much as possible for little or no out-of-pocket cost. So I spent the better part of eight years recording on Pro Tools Free on a hand-me-down Windows Me clunker of a machine (not even an external drive). I did get accessories here and there (I kept breaking headphones) but the engine room remained the same.
So imagine my delight at actually working on a DAW program that lets me do more than eight tracks and has a jillion presets that enable me to sound like I’m singing through a broken mic without actually having to break a mic. Positively luxurious.
Of course, I know that you can end up sounding like the rest of the world with this stuff if you’re not careful. That’s why I made sure to include groundbreaking juxtapositions in my arrangements such as as combining banjo and autotuned vocals on True Love and the aforementioned broken mic vocal effect against slow country fingerpicking on Rage.
Hope you like it. Let me know.