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Another track added - called, rather facetiously, "Groove Where Indicated". I've been pushing myself outside of my comfort zone recently, so I decided to return to my roots and do a funky blues. It's unfinished, so it lacks structure etc. but I liked the sound, so whilst I don't want it on my main web site yet, I thought I'd put it here in case people want a listen. I hope to get live sax on it soon, courtesy of a mate of mine, and I may also get a guitarist in.

Actually, I'm playing real guitar on it already, but I'm about as good on guitar as I am at knife-throwing, so it's only a few strums, and I looped the best 12 bars I could find. They weren't necessarily next to each other, neither! :\

In other news, the album, "Collision" is approaching the next phase, i.e. recording real instruments and re-doing the vocals. The reason I took all the excerpts off my player (except one) was that I hated my singing. However, there may be hope! Yesterday I was experimenting, and found that the thing that most causes me to sing off key, is SMILING - which, oddly enough, is the exact opposite of what my music teacher used to advise. So next time around, with all due apologies to the wonderful and dear departed Ivy Wilcox, I am going to disobey her instructions and sing it deadpan, with relaxed cheeks. We shall see what happens. It seems to work in the car and walking around the house, but of course, in front of a microphone may be a totally different matter. If it comes to the crunch, I'll get a friend to sneak up behind me when I'm singing, armed with a loaded Neumann.

I'm also totally unable to get to sleep before 2am these days. Is this a common affliction among composers and musicians? Don't get me wrong, I'm used to it because I've been a software engineer for decades. Perhaps part of me was hoping to escape from that self-destructive habit. Oh well...

Talking of which, it's 10 to 2 now! Off to bed.

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Comment by Mike Torr on April 16, 2008 at 8:15pm
Hmm... yes, and I forgot about the snare :) So I went and remixed it again tonight and backed it off a bit. Also changed some other levels. I think it's an improvement. Thanks for the tip Chris!
Comment by Mike Torr on April 14, 2008 at 6:18pm
Hot off the press - version 2 now on the player :)

This features my good friends Paul Tasker on sax and Tony West on guitar. Tony took it in a more bluesy direction, but I kind of like that.
Comment by Mike Torr on April 8, 2008 at 11:28am
Oh yes, I forgot - I've put some sax on it now, played by a friend of mine - but I've not posted that version yet... watch this space if interested!
Comment by Mike Torr on April 8, 2008 at 8:18am
Thanks very much Chris! I'll be doing a final mix once I get some real guitar on it, so I'll remember to check the snare sound carefully next time.

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