It's Time to Send You Away My Little Bird · Sep 17, 07:12 PM
I Promise to Write Something Nice
(I just wrote this as noted and the song received some last minute keyboards with a tiny step melody that sweetens the second time it comes around. I also added a tremolo guitar break in the middle. Everyone likes this song except Michael. Still sad a s shit of course.)
Stop Filming Me
(This is an older song. Maybe 2 years ago or more. It has dueling acoustic prickly guitar lines and existed as an instrumental for a year. I added vocals that are rudimentary and based around sitting on the couch watching Twin Peaks and feeling all alone. It had a middle section that I could never fix. I ended up hammering a marimba plink that then carries to the end. The vocal makes me cringe but I decided against re-tracking it as I don’t think I could do it as raw now. My voice has mellowed a little with the constant shows of the past year. I think in a good warm way.)
Sad at Me
(I ultimately pushed Lissy’s vocal back a little and also left my background vocal as they all fight it out in the end. I love the recording of the guitar on this and I NEVER like the sound of me playing guitar. Banjo left as well as it needed the stark beginning of the strum.)
Lawrence Hates Maurice
(This one is specifically as a bonus for The Vinyl District’s first dates series. One minute of music geek argument and by osmosis truly about me. It has an odd time signature – the only one here – and bleeps and washes of keys. Kind of cracks me up.)
When The Sun Goes Down
(I managed to keep Michael’s guitar part but cut it off abruptly in the middle only to shift in the sound of wood burning and popping in the fireplace and a glockenspiel. You read that last part correctly. His guitar slides back in to save the day. My ball of distortion at the end cracks me up now as Michael thought the recording mic was freaking out every time he heard it.)
Holy Water Down, Eat Myself to Death, Break Us Apart
(all essentially the same from the National Crayon Museum sessions but they sounded much fresher and tight in returning to them. I can’t wait to hear the boost they will get in mastering.)
Chad Clark at Silver Sonya will be doing the honors. They are in trusted hands.
Lexie and I confirmed the polaroid wig shop extravaganza today as well so I am giddy to be moving forward.
— John Foster
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