just for fun, i did an image search for “sexiest microphone ever”, to see if i would find some interesting-looking mics. google pulled up practically no recording or microphone-related images at all. it did, however, give me the above picture. good job, google.
but anyway…progress is my lady, and we’re gonna get it on. like wombats do.
today i finished a song that i think is basically the centerpiece of this whole in-progress album…it’s about eight and-a-half minutes long and sounds like the culmination of pretty much everything i was doing on the last few albums in one song, but then the ending takes it somewhere else entirely, and it isn’t any place i’ve ever been before. i like it. it makes my cornrows dance. or, you know…if i had cornrows, they’d be dancing right now.
thing is, it’s turning into a ridiculously dark album for a summer release. i’m not sure why that is, since none of the songs are about or inspired by anyone who actually exists. and there are some songs i’m not sure about right now…one sounds like a lost radiohead electronic workout written while high on really bad drugs, in a state of paranoid psychosis. if that doesn’t sound like something i would normally do to you, imagine how surprising it was for me to realize i was doing it. i like it, but i’m not sure it’s quite album material, or meant for this album. i guess it’ll become clear whether or not it’s going to make the cut over the next week or two as things speed toward the finish line. another song that i’m iffy about is a piano ballad that has been savaged with huge slabs of synth and vocoder, in an attempt to warp it into something less piano ballad-ish. i have a funny feeling that one of the songs will end up redeeming itself in the days ahead while being messed with some more, and the other won’t quite make it. i should also probably try to throw in a few more uptempo songs so the album doesn’t come off as being too much of a downer. but it’s still in a state of flux, as every album is up until it’s finished, so we’ll see what happens. the way things are going, i think my hope to have it finished and release-ready within the next few weeks is looking good. it should definitely be out there before my birthday makes me old and crusty.
one song i know for sure won’t make the cut is a ten-minute monolithic workout that’s in unfinished form right now as far as the recording goes, and i think it has potential (it’s got kind of a metronomic funk thing going on, and it’s a good vehicle for some pretty nasty electric guitar playing), but it would derail this album completely. so it’ll have to wait for something else. i’m sure it’ll see release eventually, like so many other things that spend a while in search of a home.
also got the chance to mess around with that shiny new eq a bit, and maybe there’s some truth to magic elves being inside. it’s a subtle thing, but it definitely does something pleasing to the sound. hell, just passing sound through the unit with all the settings nulled seems to add a mysterious sheen to things. i normally don’t eq electric guitars at all, but on a whim i thought i would try boosting some high frequencies i would never touch for such a thing, and it sure sounded nice. sweet without getting harsh at all. sweeeeeeeetness.
it seems a lot of people are ending up here lately while searching for kate beckinsale, and i’m sure there’s been a lot of disappointment when they realize there’s only a passing reference to her and one picture here. maybe i should turn this blog/site into something similar to mr. skin…capitalize on the sudden increase in traffic. we could call it “johnny’s near-nude picture symposium”. yes, my friends…we could call it that.