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May 15, 2009

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Every songwriter has their own style and methods of composition.  Some artists write beautiful guitar/piano melodies and then add vocals later.  Many of my musician friends need a great drum beat to get started.  Personally, I fiddle around on the guitar first and then write the lyrics and melody simultaneously.  (Sidenote:  This process has ultimately left me a with a “Greatest Hits Album: The 3 Years of Unfinished Business.”)  Needless to say, I recently gave myself the assignment of writing a song for someone else, rather than writing a song about myself or something I was going through.  I ended up finishing the entire song in about three weeks.  Since the song is a gift, I needed to make sure the recording was up to par.  This meant I absolutely could not just use Sound Recorder on my iMac

On Mama’s Day, I headed over to the wonderful Lennon Bus where Tyler was nice enough to help me lay down my guitar and vocals rather quickly in Logic.  In our brief cram session, I learned something pretty cool that Ben’s blog about vocal comping reminded me of.  I am not the great and powerful Lindsey Buckingham.  When I am fingerpicking on the guitar, I do not pay enough attention to how many times I am playing one chord or the next.  I actually have to sing and play simultaneously to get the job done.  Tyler was really great about this and set everything up so that I was able to play guitar first (and sing along without having my vocals be picked up,) and then record my vocals afterwards.  Once that was finished, Tyler set up one of our Crate amps in the back studio.  He then patched through my already recorded guitar track and voilà!, entirely new guitar sound.  It was really amazing to experience (and hear) the quality of recording you can get with Logic, a Lennon Bus, a Tyler, and about only 3 hours of your time.

On Mama’s Jukebox - Bat for Lashes - “Daniel”

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