Well, it’s that time again… for another Original Wednesday Laptop Session! For today’s installment, I decided to break out a slower song that’s never been released before. I wrote it this summer when my girlfriend and two best friends were out of the country (her in England and them in Italy). They were off on adventures in other countries, and I was still at home, going through everyday life as usual.
Except I was alone most of the time.
For the most part, it was relaxing, as I had just finished my student teaching. But, it was also lonely, and I thought about them often, especially Nicole. Thus, this song kind of came to me as I was practicing another song. It really expresses the feeling of figuring something out about a relationship, but being too distant to share it. Yet.
On a side note, I just found out that Jim, Jeff, and I will be playing two live shows in the coming weeks, so be sure to check http://LaptopSessions for all the details! (Just search “Live Events”)
I hope you enjoy this video and please comment or rate it!
Welcome to September, a truly promising month for new music from the likes of Steven Page, Ben Folds, and Weezer!
Today, I’m taking a break from our regularly scheduled Original Wednesday program of previews from The 2010 Project to bring you a song I just wrote last week.
Specifically, a song I wrote on Monday of last week.
You may be wondering, why Monday? Well, August 23rd — aside from being my friend and sometimes-collaborator Alberto Distefano’s birthday — marked the fifth anniversary of my first date with my girlfriend Nicole. Because we broke up for three months in late 2008, we’ve decided to officially celebrate our anniversary on the day we got back together for the first time, January 2nd. (I’m personally a fan of this date for all its implications of the new year, fresh beginnings, resolutions to be made, and all the promise this invokes. And, although it’s only a week after Christmas, the original date was only a week before her birthday, so proximity to other occasions is not a factor.)
Thus, August 23rd has become the anniversary that we’ve promised to honor, but without monetary expense in the name of gifts.
We never said anything about not spending time to make something like, say, a song!
I spent the better part of my morning last Monday writing, playing, and perfecting “The One For Me.” It is one of the — if not the — best love songs I’ve written, in my opinion. And, for those that don’t know, my opinion is that my love songs are generally sub-par. The version which you will hear in the video below is the first full performance I committed to tape last week. I’ve been playing it numerous times each day since and it has progressed considerably from the form it is in on this session.
Why post an out-of-date version?
For one, I like the idea of showing off a fresh song, without having practiced it or worked on it. What is Original Wednesday, after all, if it is not a place to celebrate the writing process? In addition, I’m trying to imagine a spot for this song on The 2010 Project, so it may show up there. If it does, you will hopefully be able to tell how much it has progressed since this video. (And, it will have turned out that today is indeed another installment of the preview series.)
So, without further ado, I give you “The One For Me.” I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you’ll tune back in for more exciting new material here at the Laptop Sessions as we move into the fall season.
As is our way around here at the Laptop Sessions, I’ve decided to celebrate the release of a new track with an acoustic cover song music video.
Big surprise given the title of our blog, eh?
Well, tonight I bring you my performance of Steven Page’s forthcoming single “Indecision” off his first solo album proper: Page One (pun intended, I’m sure!), due out September 28th. He just announced the title and track listing yesterday, and I was able to find a live performance on YouTube that sounded like classic Steven Page. It was somewhat difficult to hear the intricacies of the vocals and guitars over the drum sound — due to the quality of the recording — but I have a feeling that the actual studio recording is going to be great.
And I only have to wait a day to find out!
That’s right; I hurried to record this version of the song as a means of honoring and advertising the new release. I’m hoping you’ll like my take on the song enough to click over to iTunes tomorrow and download this track. I’ll be there. Probably at midnight just in case it’s up immediately…
One of the main reasons I took the time today to figure out the chords and lyrics is that I can think of no better way, as a musician and singer/songwriter myself, of enjoying a great new song than learning the words and chords to be able to play along with it.
So, without further ado, I give you my take on this new Steven Page track. I hope this is incentive enough for you to check out the real deal tomorrow, and the full album in a couple months…
Hello and welcome to another edition of Original Wednesday here at the Laptop Sessions!
Tonight, I’m happy to present the second installment of my summer preview series of my forthcoming album The 2010 Project. I began recording demos a few months ago, as I mentioned in a previous post, and now I’ve officially hacked out a track listing. There will be thirteen tracks, all of which are fully composed now and have been recorded in demo form — a few of the demos are more fully produced, but minimally.
Now, I’m at the phase where I’m putting together the tools I need to record. With the help of a friend, I’ve recently picked up a set of seriously great headphones, which will be a necessary component of the mixing process. He also helped me pick out a USB microphone that I’ve been experimenting with this week. There is a line in and external mic plug that I may use if I’d like to refine the sound quality as I begin to record the tracks in a couple weeks. Finally, I had to replace my guitar pedal, which I had to throw away a few months ago when I pulled it out of storage and found the batteries had leaked. I tried to clean it out, but it was too far gone. So, I just got the latest Zoom pedal, which I can’t wait to try out!
Which brings me to the track I’m unveiling today. Previously, this has only been played for two people: my girlfriend and one of my dearest friends of all time. Both encouraged me that the new music I’ve been writing is among my best, so I’m hoping to make them proud by the time I’ve finished recording this new album.
And it’s about time — this marks four years since Love Out of Fashion!
“I Would Prefer Not To” will be the second track on the album, following “No Lights, No Sound.” Those of you English majors out there will pick up on the allusion to the Herman Melville short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street.” The verses are as simple as they come, only two chords: D and A. When I record the studio version, I hope to flesh out the riff I have in my mind and make that more catchy. The chorus is more interesting and, as in my favorite songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Mike Fusco, and others, the lyrics change slightly each time around. The song deals with the conflicts that arise from not wanting to disappoint others, but also needing to follow your impulses and passions. It’s a very personal song, critical at times — though it’s meant to be more confident than scathing — and I think there is a universal quality to it, regardless of its personal nature.
Without further ado, I give you my acoustic performance of “I Would Prefer Not To.” I hope you like it, and that you’ll continue to check back for more Original Wednesdays in the near future.