Writing a Song
It's been a long, hard winter and several weeks since our last update. We are working happily, despite bitter weather, colds, and a few canceled practices as a result! The record is coming along nicely. We have three songs fully finished; a fourth nearly finished, two more in the hopper for mixing, and four that have not been recorded yet. These four we are busy arranging and rehearsing. At this point it still looks like a ten song record, however, we made add another.
For this update, we thought it would be fun for you to hear some samples of the writing process to give you an idea of a song's evolution. We've chosen two songs: Sheila's Hope Road and a song I wrote called Poor Man.
In the Hope Road track, you will hear Sheila at the piano. One summer day she put up a little Zoom recorder, sang and played the track. As you listen to it, you'll hear an airplane overhead, and the click track she used. You will also hear some harmonies: she took the recorder and sang the harmonies in the car while driving around Madison. After I bailed her out of jail (AHEM!) I told her I thought we should produce this beautiful song. About half way through the recording it will transition to a recent rehearsal by the band. Here you will hear, warts and all, the song starting to come together. It is always an exciting moment for a songwriter to hear her players add their magic. Sheila put me on piano, and you'll hear Greg on drums, Ken on bass, and Dan on electric guitar. This was probably the only the second or third time Dan even heard the tune.
On Poor Man, you will hear me noodling with the riff on piano last year. You'll hear the chorus start to take form, then a patch of Dan and me playing with it, then you'll hear a studio rehearsal with Greg and me, and then the track will transition to a full complement of players, with Ken and Dan joining in on well-rehearsed bass and electric guitar parts, and Sheila singing the harmonies. The song is now with Brian at DNA Music labs for mixing.
We hope you enjoy and gain some insight with these two short compilations.
Thanks to all of you, once again, for making this music happen. We could not do this without you, and we are exceedingly grateful. Please contact us if you have any questions or thoughts about the project.
For those of you in the region, put Saturday, April 26th, 4pm on your calendars for a show at High Noon Saloon here in Madison. The show will open with our drummer, Greg Thornburg, playing a wonderful set of fingerstyle acoustic guitar.
Stay warm, be well. Spring is almost here!
Bob, Sheila and The Getaway Drivers