Wednesday, December 14, 2011

songwriting 101 (part 4)

this post is about 3 new songs:
7. facebook blues
8. one more day

9. rong!

what would a modern bluesman have to sing about?
in order to have the "blues" something must bother you.
I have never actually used facebook and have little idea
what goes on there except what I overhear from others.
but as a student of human nature I expect there
are sometimes "catty" comments just as there are on blogs.
and so I crafted a lyric in the style of a bluesman
who has somehow been upset by something on facebook.
it's not a hilarious concept but a curious one.

facebook blues was written with the DADEBE tuning
on the taylor acoustic guitar
and is in 2 parts for a total of 2.5 minutes.

one more day is much more uplifting in it's message:
"wake up, now it's morning
open up your eyes
see the prize you've awaited
nothing is for certain in this life we make
use what you've been given,
one more day..."

also written on the taylor acoustic in the DADEBE tuning,
one more day is a svelte 50 seconds in length
but it communicates exactly what I want.

one of the many benefits in working with an engineer
who is also an audio professor is learning the latest
and greatest new software capabilities.
rong! is a beefy instrumental piece born out of
experimenting with some new software effects.
it's brash, big, and orchestral but with an edgy drum loop.
rong! is 1:44 seconds long, but I plan to do a second
version called more rong! and maybe even a third.

rong! was written on the yamaha motif keyboard.


  1. Keep going, Ade! I can't wait to hear the finished project. This is very exciting. You have referenced Op Zop Too Wah in making this, which is one of your best to my ears (thought I love everything you do...) So I am especially psyched. Merry Christmas, and Peace to you,

    Tadd (from camp)

  2. Adrian, Brasil awaiting your visit, tony levin came this year with stick men ! come with your trio !!!!!!! u have a lot fans here!

  3. Happy Birthday Adrian !!
    Wishing you a year filled with love and continued success in all that you do ...
    Your new songs sound wonderful, I can't wait to hear them, especially Peep :):)
    Now if you did use Facebook, you could post some previews for us , wouldn't that be amazing !!! Lol, it doe's have it's positive applications :)
    Happy Holidays... Namaste xo

  4. Thank you so much for giving us an insight to your song writing. Can't wait to BUY the new music ...


  5. Happy birthday, Adrian! If you were on Facebook, I would leave you a note there! Thanks for all the great music and for being such an inspiration to us all! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Happy Birthday, Adrian. We still remember your performance in Chile, we hope you return soon with more inspiring music. Today is my birthday and it would be impossible to forget yours. Congratulations!


  7. Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays Adrian! Thanks for sharing your songwriting process with us. By the way, I've been following your fitness camp regiment and the results are amazing! Cheers...

  8. A very happy birthday, Adrian! The best to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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