The new piano now has a new friend.
Johnny Smith named him Oedipus, or Ed for short. I’ve finally got that horn player I was looking for. What’s interesting to me is that I stand the exact same way when I play the melodica in a vertical position. I must be trying to fool myself into thinking it’s a trumpet.
I’ve now made four different mixes of that song I recorded the other day, and I still can’t figure out how I like it best. This doesn’t happen to me often. Most of the time I record a song, I mix it, I call it a “rough mix”, then I decide it’s good enough and probably wouldn’t get much better even if I spent more time on it, and I move on to the next song. This one doesn’t seem to know how naked or clothed it wants to be.
I think four variations is about as far as I want to take it. So I’ll just leave it alone now and wait until an album starts to come into sharper focus. Then it should become clear which mix works better within the context of the other songs, and I can make the other mixes available on a “limited edition single”.
Okay, so that was a joke. Me releasing a single makes about as much sense as James Blunt teaming up with Autechre.
I’m sure at least one or two of the mixes I don’t end up using will eventually show up somewhere. I haven’t even finished the first official out-takes/misfits collection yet and I’m already thinking about another one, because there’s another more recent batch of songs I’m not sure what I’m going to do with. Some of them might find homes on proper albums at some point, but I think quite a few of them just aren’t going to fit anywhere.
Then again, the NOSTALGIA-TRIGGERING MECHANISM EP was a collection of songs that didn’t fit anywhere, and I still think it works pretty well as a little album. Whatever ends up happening, I should probably finish off the first compilation of misfit songs before I think too much about working on another one.