Steel Town Fire’s NYE 2010 show soundtrack, featuring Phat Man Dee, Raquy & the Cavemen, Consider The Source & more!!
It’s been too long since I’ve posted something. Album track called “If you’re gonna go”
Happy holidaze everyone :)
peace & light,
Don’t Lock the Door - sneak peak! I’d *Love* some feedback!! Let me know what you think, be as harsh or generous with your criticism as you’d like :)
Not quite finished, still needs a bit of fine tuning, but this is the general idea. This will be one of the later tracks in the upcoming album.
By the way, I’m aiming at June for the release. Will have that confirmed soon I hope!
oh my. where have I been? Because I’ve never been a fan of labeling myself or my music, I have sometimes intentionally avoided any genre-related music… seriously keeping me out of the loop on some awesome tunes… Following the advice of several people over the last few months, I am finally checking out more artists from the “psychadelic folk” or “wyrdfolk” scene… and having my mind solidly knocked out of my cranium. enjoy this one, from CocoRosie.
I should be giving you a preview of my album here (and will in due time), but I found this Neutral Milk Hotel cover that I spruced up with a few duplicated tracks. This was hillarious to me yesterday, and certainly has some pretty interesting moments, ranging from the Alvin-esque to cyber-psychadelic. Just for fun, who knows…
This past week marked my first real tracking sessions over with Doug Wilkin (www.WilkinAudio.com) in Regent Square. Doug recorded Astronauts and Afar for the Calliope Songwriter Circles CD’s (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pittsburghsc08)
It’s been a learning experience to me already, to see how different the focus can be in the studio vs. live. Doug has decided that there’s an “EMay” style - one that works great for me live but has probably always been why I can be hesitant to hit the studio. I rarely perform my songs the same way! We recorded songs that were upward of a minute difference between two takes! Somehow, he deals with me though, and we’ve got a few great songs in the works.
Here is the basic piano and a scratch vocal for the track “Charity”, which if you remember used to be backed with a hip-hop beat. Here’s a *very* back to basics version. Lyrics to follow:
We sped straight through the red / You were right, there is more to this Than we can comprehend / We didn’t get stopped on the first day /You were right, it’s better that way You said…
I’ve got a six-year-old running through my head / He’s your blood, you’re in my bed / And we’re dreaming of a universe today / We’re pushing a whole universe away…
Burning like a fire, a woman needs attendend / And a hand can only grasp whatever is extended / So between you and me / What was is what should be / So I suggest you bring yourself, lend a hand to your Charity
The windshield is a mirror and on this road / We can watch the whole world spinning around, spinning around / And my blinker’s stuck on turning left / But you know the way, you say, And it’s right up ahead
You’re putting miles of words down in your ledger / And we say “things just couldn’t get better” / Cause life is a playground and we’re players on the stage / But she’s underneath your words, the white on the page
Burning like a fire, your woman needs attending / And half your job is to keep that blaze from ending / So in time you’ll see / You just can’t love so freely / So bring yourself on home, to your lovely Charity
Kevin did a great shoot up near the Duquesne Overlook in Mount Washington. His color editing is waaaay better than mine, here is one of the shots!
why does it always have to be zombies?
(Semi-goofy semi-outtake from a reprise of that other day up at the… whatever that little park-like area with the statues of Washington and Guyasuta is called.)
Kirik Hava went into CMU’s studio with Riccardo Schulz back in the springtime. After a server crash, I thought we’d never hear the tracks! However, Riccardo is not just a recording genius but also apparently a tech-wizard. And we got them! Here’s a sneak peek at Cecen Kizi.
This was supposed to be an audio update for an album preview… But this news is more exciting at the moment, so you’ll either get video later or audio tomorrow.
Between Liberties’ version of Saw You In the Light. This work-in-progress is one of my favorites among the originals I have written. Perhaps you’ll understand why with the lyrics.
I can’t wait to share the newest version with you! This will likely be the song I ask Between Liberties to back me on for my solo album (help me fund that adventure here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emay/emay-music), else it will surely be on BL’s next record.
In the meantime, here is the most updated version of the lyrics:
Here I am outside a home, this place that I swear I remember
It doesn’t seem so long ago when we were here before, maybe in November
All my thoughts wind up here eventually, and this place is moving constantly
A parable I’d see, oh if I could enter…
I have loved and I have lied, I’ve lived and I have died
But we’ve not yet survived as one
We’ll hurdle off the shelf, see what we have earned
Soon as we learn to love ourselves
And I’ll learn to bite my tongue, find good in everyone
Finish what I’ve begun, for all my life, I’ve loved emphatically
Been hurt and I’ve been beat, but always more complete the more I’ve lost
I’ve loved and I have lost, but I’ll see you all again…
I saw you in the light, saw your fire bright, saw you through the darkest night
I saw you in the light, saw your fire bright, saw you through the darkest nights…
Usti, Usti Baba ~ traditional tune originally recorded by August Hoerr (http://www.augusthoerr.com/). I added some vocals & drums in an attempt to woo him into musical collaboration.
Come out to the Balkan Dance Party, hosted by Zafira, at the new Istanbul (4130 Butler Street, Your Vagabond no longer) on Friday, November 27th to check out the collaborations that will flow between August & his talented friends. I know of just a small handful of people who will be performing (Lynnette Garlan of Eastern Watershed & Khafif, to name just one), and I will be sitting in with members of Kirik Hava and, if my sneeky trick works, might even sing a song or two with him.