Weekend Kickoff Thirteen!

Hello, hello, hello!

How's everyone doing on this beautiful Friday?! Have you had a chance to listen to Courtney Barnett's newest album yet? It's been out a whole week! It's called "Tell Me How You Really Feel" and it rules. Check it out!

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

That's a close-up of Courtney's nose... Good nose... Strong nose... Know what I mean?

I love Courtney Barnett's album from 2015 called "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit." Clever album title and even clever-er songs. The first song on the album is called "Elevator Operator" and it's great. The lyrics (delivered in Courtney's very interesting dry, rambling singing voice) follow a young professional as he ditches work and has some fun. The character plays in a park, and counts trains passing, among other things. Before the chorus hits we have a scene of our protagonist and a woman both going to the top of a building. The chorus breaks with the woman telling our protagonist not to jump off and commit suicide! But he wasn't planning to kill himself! He explains he just likes the perspective looking down on the city. He pretends that he's playing Sim City. LOL! Clever!

But what about this new album? Also great! I'm a huge fan of the song "Need a Little Time." I love the vocal melody in the chorus. "Me-ee-ee-ee, and you-ou-ou-ou!" "Tell Me How You Really Feel" is a little different than "Sometimes I Sit..." One difference is the vocal delivery. There's more straight singing instead of the talk-singing that I had grown accustomed to. I like her singing voice! It's awkward in only the best way. Simultaneously untrained but well controlled with great delivery. I mean that 100% as a compliment. It makes her so interestingly unique! Will you join me this weekend and put LOTS of Courtney Barnett songs and albums on your playlist? Thanks!

 

Song-A-Week

I have been writing and recording one new song every week (over the course of appox. 3 hours) for five weeks now. It's been fun. Check it out here (also linked on the amplifier warship webpage): 

I figure the more songs I write the higher the odds that a good song might pop out! And not only that, but I'll be PRACTICING writing the whole time and so might actually get better! ALSO, the whole time I'm getting more familiar with all the technicalities of recording music!

I have to admit that sometimes it's hard to think up songs, write chords, write melodies, write lyrics, set up microphones, track all the instruments, mix all the tracks, and upload something every week! In past recording sessions I would labor over whether I thought a take was good enough and make it really hard on myself! While doing these song-a-weeks I've often had to tell myself to settle down, have fun, and bust out a demo recording that is just plain ol' "good enough." Plus, the whole idea is to get better and the best way to do that is to make more mistakes! So therefore, I don't sweat the mistakes.

Not sweating the mistakes is a big deal for me! In fact, that concept actually applies to other things I do! Was I accidentally rude to someone? Don't sweat it! I'll have plenty of time to prove that we're cool. Did I waste some time on a project that didn't pan out? That's okay! I learned SOMETHING and what's important is I keep moving forward!

 

The Three M's (M&M&M's?)

Make More Mistakes!

That's my new motto! What do y'all think? Wanna give it a try with me? Let's get out there and take some risks! (Nothing too crazy though... don't drive your car down the street at 100mph or anything! :P )

 

Have a great weekend!

Ralph