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Send In The Tanks – OFFICIAL Music Video

Proudly presenting, the official video for my new single, Send In The Tanks!

I had the idea to record this song in such a way as to entwine audio and visual.  In addition, I get tired of spending a lot of time in the editing process for song mixes, tweaking and splicing takes to make the best parts shine through.  To these two ends, here is what I did for Send In The Tanks:

  • I used my camcorder to video-record each audio take for each instrument track (that’s what you’re seeing in the official video)
  • Each music track in the final mix is a single, uncut performance.  I did no splices or “punching-in/out” for each take.  (Sadly, there are a few times where a note or two is off and it could have benefited from a little redo.  But I stuck to my guns and kept it in there.)

I thought I could save on editing time by doing only uncut takes.  This was achieved.  However, because I’m not the best performer, I ended up having to do a boatload of single takes to get one that was workable.  Backfire!

I suppose now is as a good a time as any to tell you about…

A collection of new songs!

I have a collection songs incubating of which “Send In The Tanks” is the first.  I thought this whole video/audio single take thing would be a cool theme for all the songs.  However, it ended up being pretty time-consuming, and I don’t think I’ll continue it for all the songs.  The songs are in varying trimesters of gestation, and the one that is closest the term is “Enlighten Me.”  Expect to see a demo on that one soon!  Another song you should expect to see soon is “Shirley, You Must Be Joking.”

All these songs have a common thread of anti-authority, anti-politics, anti-establishment, etc.  – those themes are not often sung about in in rock n’ roll, so someone has to!  And I know every singer who has ever sung says this, but I’m really excited about these new songs!

I’m not sure yet how I will release this collection.  I may try crowdfunding.  Who knows!

In The Earbuds: Drones by Muse

The symphonic-glam-experimental-art-synth-arena-hard rock band Muse has done it again with Drones.  Continuing their railing against the global power structures, this appropriately-titled album has a common theme of, well, drones.  The word “drone” probably elicits the idea of an unmanned aircraft used in the Middle East wars. Some songs address that definition (Reapers), but the album takes different meanings of the word drone and applies them to the situation of the West’s foreign interventions and intervention domestically.

Musically, the album is heavy on the rock riffs (Reapers, The Handler, Defector, Psycho).  This is a welcome characteristic.  Expect to get your skull pounded by an amalgam of Radiohead and Black Sabbath.  On the other hand, Drones still tests the limits enough to remind you it’s a Muse album – the 10 minute prog song “Globalist”, the Prince-esque pop of “Dead Inside”, and the acapella choir sounds of the title track.

These are the strongest tunes from Muse in a while, well worth your attention.

Coming attractions

  • Twitter contest
  • Enlighten Me acoustic demo
  • Surprise cover song!

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