New Music update! Yes!! My latest music project is finished! Well, sort of… mostly, kind of? Ok, it’s not totally done yet but, a major milestone nonetheless. It is done in the sense that all of the instruments and vocals have been recorded and edited. Now comes the final mixing process. Working at Recording Arts Studio with the amazing multi-award winning Music Producer Marco Delmar this past year has been a total blast. Marco has helped guide and support me in this project and stay true to my original intent and sound. I wanted to build off of my first album release ‘Ordinary Day’ in 2016 but strike deeper into my style of Americana music with most of the centerpiece instruments being played acoustically (don’t worry there is also some killer electric guitar too). Namely, my Gibson J-45 Standard keeping the basic rhythm and the beautiful addition of violin/fiddle for 3 songs, and a National Resonator guitar for one. Before the recording of course came the songs. I have worked diligently on my songwriting prowess over the last two years by attending songwriting retreats, workshops, toolkits and studying my favorite songwriters (both my local DMV favorites and some of the big names). I also tried to perform as often as possible to “air out” the new songs and gauge audience reactions before totally committing to their full production. I was also under a time constraint because I knew I would be leaving the DMV area in the Spring to relocate back to the west coast. In all, time allowed me to record 7 songs and they run deeper and hit at “real” stories that I wanted to write about. Here are the titles: Devil’s Promenade, Behind Your Eyes, Forgive Me, I Can’t Breathe, Dust Devils and You, Broken Horses, and Livin’ Like A Millionaire. I expect my music release will occur late summer to early Fall. So between now and then in an effort to build HYPE and anticipation, I will give you a little insight into each song.
Today’s song is titled “Forgive Me”
I feel so fortunate that I got to write and record my first duet with the ridiculously talented Mycenea Worley. I met Mycenea at a Judy Stakee songwriting retreat in California last year and was blown away not only by her songwriting skills but her amazing singing voice. When I started to write the song “Forgive Me” about a man on death row coming to grips with the consequences of his crimes and also having to face the widow of the man he killed, I immediately asked Mycenea to help me finish writing it and to record it with me. We also kept this an entirely acoustic song utilizing a National Resonator Guitar played rhythmically and with a slide to give it that sort of swampy, bluesy Americana feel. Added were a base guitar, bass drum and good ole fashioned handclaps. I’m very happy with how this song came out and I am excited to share it very soon. That’s all for this update. More to follow soon.
I have been writing and recording these past several months with the aim to release some new music by the end of the summer. While I have a notebook full of songs (and I’m still writing nearly everyday) the time and investment required to bring news songs to life has limited the total number to something longer than an EP but not quite an LP. Maybe, I am inventing something new, the “MP”? Anyway, I have a collection of 7 new songs in the works with 4 of the 7 completed and 3 rapidly working towards completion. I am looking forward to sharing them with you all very soon. Also, if you are in the Washington DC Metro area, come see me and my full band ‘Freedom Road’ play live at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA on Wednesday March 14th starting at 7PM. You may hear a few of the new songs before they’ve been officially released. Opening that night will be singer/songwriters Dan Magnolia, Mike P. Ryan, and Calista Garcia. We hope to see you there.
All the best- Scott
Have music streaming services killed the album? I say NO! There is still a place for music in a package (an Album), a journey delivered from the artist to the listener that can only be captured in a collection of songs, not just a single. Pop music will certainly continue it’s string of singles from a wide array of artists and performers, but I believe that singer/songwriters will continue to package collections of songs that simply chronicle a point of time, experience or mood into albums.
Following that line of thinking, I have been writing over the last year and I have accumulated a collection of some 40 + songs. I add to that total each week as I continue to write during this process. Some are good, some not so much, but it is the craft of writing and editing with melody and emotion that make a few of the collection special enough to record and capture. To date, I have recorded 3 songs from this collection and plan to continue until I am satisfied with the total number and package the messages that they convey. In the end, I assume the total will be 10 to 12 songs that will become my second album. I have not yet decided on an album title.
I love being in the studio and recording music. It is a reward to bring something that was an idea in your mind to a page then to bring it sonically to life. The process of recording is both time consuming and expensive. However, most endeavors worth doing require concerted efforts. I look forward to sharing some of the songs soon. Please keep up your support. I’ll leave you with a few lyrics from my song “Crooked Horses”.
“…and there’s no sunset on your dreams, no matter how young old or in between, all you have to do is believe, and let your Crooked Horses run free, and let your Crooked Horses run free…”
All the best, Scott
For my local DC songwriter friends, read the article to very end… you might find something you like, just saying.