Building a song from the ground up, as captured on video. Finally.

About two weeks ago I said I was thinking about recording some in-studio footage, and instead I ended up posting some random piano noodling.

Here at last is something more substantial — a proper song being recorded and captured on video at the same time. Though I put an effort into synchronizing the footage with the music (and succeeded!), nothing you see is mimed or recreated. It’s all actual footage of me doing exactly what you’re hearing, right down to the camera falling over while I’m recording piano. It’s about time, too. It’s been too long since I posted this sort of thing here.

Pity about filming the drums from the wrong angle and not showing my head or much of my hands (that’s why there isn’t a whole lot of drum footage included), but what can you do? It’s kind of the cost of doing business when you don’t have someone else to operate the camera.

Though it probably goes without saying by now, there are some dirty words in there. Virgin ears, beware.

I find it kind of amusing that this is almost the sort of thing you could call a music video. It’s the closest I’m ever likely to get, anyway, and a huge leap past any of the other recording footage I’ve pieced together. I’m almost a little proud of myself for putting it together so quickly and competently. It flows! It works! You can see me doing what I do while I do it!

I think if I tried to edit this using Windows Movie Maker I would have ended up throwing my laptop against the wall in frustration. Three cheers for Sony Vegas. Now that I’ve started to get the hang of using it, I can’t see ever needing anything else when it comes to editing video.

As for the song itself, it’s the first time I’ve ever thought to play the drums with a stick in one hand and a brush in the other. I’ve gone with a stick and a mallet a handful of times but never thought to brush-and-stick it, for whatever reason. I think it worked well for the song. While there were other songs I could have filmed that would have been more interesting sonically and structurally, I felt like having an excuse to pull out the 1983 Martin D35 after neglecting it for a little while.

You also get to see the 1960s Teisco in action, and I do some fun things with distortion, delay, and manual volume swells. I’ve grown so accustomed to working the volume pot with my fingers, I never think to use a proper volume pedal to cut down on the multi-tasking even though I’ve got one sitting under the Fender Rhodes.

Funny how I’ve got some electric guitars that are a lot more expensive and “sexier” than this one, but at least eight times out of ten I gravitate toward a cheap japanese-made mystery guitar with only one functioning pickup. I’ve yet to find anything it doesn’t do well.

You know what they say — if it ain’t broken, bend it.

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