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7-31-14 

Tomorrow is a big day! My girlfriend and I begin moving into our new place, and I begin recording my second solo EP!

The packing is too tedious to blog about, but I'll keep you updated about my progress on the EP. I'll be renting an SM81 condenser microphone to get good acoustic guitar sounds and recording some basic rhythm tracks. I have 5 songs (mostly) completed. I'm still working out an ending for "Audrianna," but hey, I'll figure it out, right? I sure hope so.

I got the rattling problem in my guitar fixed, so it's all good to go. It turns out it was a loose bracing. I also picked up this handy little book to assist me in my unskilled mandolin playing:

Ahh those were the days. Sitting about in the parlor, strumming mandolins and growing mustaches. 

Goodnight, everybody.
 

 

7-29-14 

Hi there, friends!

Things are quickly falling into place for my next acoustic solo EP. In fact, I just finished writing a second verse to a song called "Audrianna." It's shaping up to be a light, poppy little song with a feel-good chorus. It was inspired by a painting I saw weeks ago at Madison's Art Fair on the Square. I don't know the name of the artist, but thanks for the idea!

In addition to "Audrianna," I have four other songs written and ready to go. However, something in the headstock of my acoustic guitar is buzzing on certain notes, and I'm going to have to resolve that before I can record. I'll take it into a shop tomorrow and pray that it's a quick and simple fix. I'd really like to be recording basic guitar tracks by Friday.

Now, back to writing lyrics. Hello, thesaurus! Hello, rhyming dictionary!
 

The Plan 

The blog might not indicate it, but I've been super busy. Between gigs and recording sessions with the Big Payback, Driveway Thriftdwellers, Charlie Painter and Friends, Five Points, and Beefus, I've had a pretty full schedule. Not to mention teaching, writing, and preparing for an upcoming adventure:


One week from today, I will be leaving to raft the Alsek river in Canada and Alaska. This will be a 2-week journey through a wilderness of glaciers and mountains. I can't quite bring myself to believe that I'll be seeing views like the one above in about a week!

When I return, I will be in writing/recording mode. I plan to have another acoustic EP released in August or September as a follow-up to Raven Steals the Moon. I already have one new song completely written and another well on the way. I'm hoping that some of the grandeur of the Alsek river seeps into my new material as well. 

That's the plan anyway. You'll be hearing more music from me quite soon!

Cheers
Kyle

5-7-14 

Alright, here's a quick update. I just got done with a session on this new jazz tune, and I think it's going to be called "Animal Brain." It's a very spastic piece- sometimes playful, sometimes dangerous. Kind of like the cat that is currently shedding on every piece of clothing and gear I own.

Now I'm off to teach lessons for the day, then it's a rehearsal with Beefus. Today I will also pick up my new reverb pedal, built for me by my friend Ben Johnson (and his son Charlie) from a kit from Build Your Own Clone. I'm very excited to try it out!

It will end up a gloriously neutral gray box, unless I paint something on it. Any ideas?

4-21-14 

It's been a very busy few days!

I've been hard at work on new music. Most of my creative efforts of late have been directed toward a new fusion-y instrumental piece for The Big Payback. We are playing Jazz at 5 in August, so it would be nice if we had some music that was, well, jazz. We do have several jazz and world-inspired tunes, but this is an opportunity to write music even further in that direction. I'd also kind of like to end up with a basic lead sheet so that other groups could play this song. We'll see.
 

This is what jazz musicians look like.


I started this piece by writing a bunch of random 4 and 8-measure phrases in related key areas without giving any thought to how they'd link together. I ended up with a lot of cool but unrelated ideas (and, as usual, a lot of crap too). Now the process is kind of like assembling a musical jigsaw puzzle. A theme and a title suggested themselves today, and now an overall order is becoming clear. It's great when that happens!

I have another R&B-influenced Payback song in the pipeline as well. And a really sad acoustic song presented itself the other day. Like an old man, world-weary kind of sad. I don't know where that came from. Anyhoo, my hope is to get the two Payback songs finished in the next couple months before leaving for vacation in late June. I would also like to have some more solo acoustic material at least started by that time, as I'd really like to record another few songs for digital release.

Oh, and I listened to the new Ulver/ Sun O))) collaboration today. Good stuff. It's great to cleanse your palette with music in a completely different style.

More ramblings soon...






 

Upcoming Gigs

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Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Driveway Thriftdwellers @ High Noon Saloon High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
The Big Payback @ Rockin' for a Cure Wyndham Hotel, Fitchburg, WI Wyndham Hotel, Fitchburg, WI
The Civil Engineers @ High Noon Saloon High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Driveway Thriftdwellers @ Mid West Music Fest La Crosse, WI La Crosse, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Driveway Thriftdwellers @ Bonfire Music Festival Driftless Music Gardens, Hillsboro, WI Driftless Music Gardens, Hillsboro, WI
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin
Five Points Jazz Collective The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin The Mason Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin