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071918	Lovely turnout last night.
	Perhaps our largest 
	gathering of friends and
	well-wishers to date.  Thank
	you to everybody who 
	took the time and troubel to 
	be there.

071818	Doing a few songs from the 
	new album tonight at the 
	Piano Room.  Drop by to 
	express your appreciation 
	for our marvelous catalog or 
	to throw something potentially 
	injurious.

	I think I have finally bumbled
	upon the right artwork for
	the new album.

071618	Some of our European 
	friends are suddenly able
	to listen to our catalog
	on YouTube.  That's a 
	good thing.

071318	Did the first bit of recording
	for the 5th album.

071218	Good rehearsal.  Added
	Push Past and Long Dry
	Walk to the set.  Doing a
	few songs at the Piano
	Room next Wednesday.

070918	Added 957 more vocal
`	takes of Long Dry Walk.
	All shite.  Writing the 
	session files for the whole
	album out now to take to 
	Patrick tomorrow.

070818	Sang more takes of Blister
	Beetle and Wrong Star.
	Will do more takes of 
	Wrong Star and Long, 
	Dry Walk tomorrow before
	writing every thing to an
	external drive for Patrick.

	Michael came by to show
	me some guitar bits he has
	for the next album.  Played 
	him Push Past for the first
	time.

070718	More vocal takes of Nellie
	Ordinary and Push Past.

	Kevin added harmonies to
	Is This Your Thing?, 
	Boyfriend and Blister 
	Beetle.

	For tomorrow - add a few
	more vocal takes of 
	Blister Beetle.

070618	Planning on doing a few 
	songs at the Piano Room
	on 07/18.

	Sorted out some issues
	with Blister Beetle and
	sang a few more takes of
	Land Ho!

070518	First rehearsal in almost a 
	month.  Added Long, Dry 
	Walk and Push Past to the
	set.

	5 days left to finish this album.
	I think these songs will make
	the final cut:

	Land Ho!
	Blister Beetle
	Repeat
	Capers
	20,000 Days
	Nellie Ordinary
	Parasol
	Is This Your Thing?
	Push Past

	...and 2 or 3 of these:

	Glad To Pass On
	It's Wandering
	Long Dry Walk
	Wrong Star
	Boyfriend
	Bon Voyage

070418	Covered a bit of a Bruno Nicolai
	song in the bridge for Boyfriend.
	Got a new follower on Twitter
	that had a Bruno Nicolai song
	pinned to his feed and I recalled
	how much I liked his stuff.

	Rachel came over and recorded
	vocals on Long Dry Walk, Boyfriend 
	(soon to be Bidanzato?), Capers 
	and Push Past.

070218	Countdown to Turd Polish Day
	looms.  Added guitars to Boyfriend,
	Long Dry Walk and Is This Your 
	Thing?

	There is a thread about one of 
	my early bands on a Facebook
	page deditcated to the first wave
	of local punk/alt clubs in Kansas 
	City.  It's interesting to see 
	what people recall about the 
	band and the music.  Clearly, 
	the more you repeat a phrase
	the more likely people will 
	remember it for the rest of their
	lives.  "I didn't know about 3797, 
	3797, 3797, 3797..."

070118	Probably spent too much time
	trying to get Boyfriend up to
	code.  I think tomorrow I need
	to bravely chop out some bits
	that are troubling me rather
	than trying to make them
	work.

062818	Chris Ruzich added harmonies
	to Capers, Wrong Star, Long
	Dry Walk and Push Past.

	Added chimey guitar parts
	to Wrong Star, Capers and
	Long Dry Walk.  Vocals after
	lunch.

062718	After some hand-wringing
	I decided to rebuild the 
	song around Bryan's part.
	Dave came over and added
	more bass parts.  
	Committed to capturing a
	tight vocal today.

062618	And now tornado 
	warning sirens howling
	mercilessly.

	More vocal takes for 
	Long Dry Walk.  Having 
	a go at Push Past once
	the thunder stops.  Real
	thunder, not digestive 
	issues.

062518	Found another Long Dry
	Walk Take.  This one by
	Allen incorrectly named as
	Blister Beetle.  I might be
	able to salvage this song 
	with just a few tweaks.

	Made sure that all of the
	songs have at least one 
	drum take imported and
	that the take is named so 
	that Patrick can match it
	with the folder of drum files.

	Still need to re-sing a lot
	of things.

062418	Starting to clean up sessions
	for Patrick.

062218	Going to try to start over
	on Long Dry Walk and see
	if can match the spirit of
	Bryan's drum part.

062118	Dave knocked off 7 songs in
	a 4 hour session: Capers, 
	Repeat, 20,000 Days, 
	Blister Beetle, Bon Voyage, 
	Push Past and Boyfriend.

	Bryan sent me takes for all
	3 songs that I sent him.  Will
	give him Push Past tomorrow
	to toy with .

	Added piano to Push Past.

062018	Did more work on Push Past.
	
	Dave coming over tomorrow to
	finish bass parts.

061918	Sent Bryan a mix for Blister
	Beetle and a tighter mix of
	Long Dry Walk.

	Recorded more vocal takes
	for Nellie Ordinary.

	Added more vocal takes to
	Push Past.  Also added 
	acoustic guitars, bass and
	acoustic drums.  If I can
	learn how to sing it well
	it should make it in time
	to be included for 
	consideration for the new
	album.

061718	Sent Bryan fresh mixes of 
	Boyfriend and Long Dry Walk.
	Reviewed everything I have from
	Allen and sent him some notes.
	I like this record.

061418	Bryan Mace is going to drum on
	Boyfriend and Long Dry Walk.

061318	Tried a couple of new songs live
	tonight.  It's Wandering was, but
	Capers came off really well.  Play
	live and learn.

	In the last mile of a head cold and
	sporting fresh stitches in my lower
	lip.

061018	Got everything that Allen was able 
	to finish minus Long Dry Walk and
	Boyfriend.  May do those myself or
	find another contributor.  If I scrapped
	them for this album I would still be 
	giving Patrick 12-13 songs.

060918	Regarding performance set lists:

060818	Songs I want you to hear.

060718	Croaked my way through some of
	the new songs.  Trying to see what
	we can get away with playing next
	Wednesday.

060418	Strugging with words for Push Past.

	Add vocal takes for Capers and
	Around the World in 20,000 Days.

060118	I've discovered that people residing 
	ouside of the United States are
	unable to listen to our music on
	YouTube.   According to Google:

	Video not available in my country
	Some YouTube videos may not be 
	available in your country for the 
	following reasons:

	1) Video owners have chosen to 
	make their content available only to 
	certain countries (usually due to 
	licensing rights)
	
	2) YouTube may block specific 
	content in order to comply with local 
	laws

053118	Spent four hours really working
	on some new stuff for our live
	set.  Decided to do another short 
	set at McGuire's Tavern, the 
	only planned performance for 
	June.

053018	Recorded the frame for another
	sad song for the new album.

052418	Piano Room Video | Pictures
	
	I realized this morning that we've
	performed half of our one hour
	set over the past couple of months.
	With a few more rehearsals we
	should have an hour ready soon.

052318	Very short set at the Piano Room.
	We did Brought A Little Something 
	Down, Kitty Can and Trashbag 
	Launderette.  Lots of good 
	performers.

051918	I have hundreds of performance
	and rehearsal tapes from my
	music history (The Wilsons, 
	Porps, This Jungle, Boxes of 
	Love, The Waldinis, etc.) stored 
	on cassette tapes.  I'm torn 
	between just discarding them, 
	digitizing them and then 
	discarding them or digitizing
	them and keeping them.  Or 
	stuffing them somewhere in my
	house and letting my heir sort it
	out.

051718	Did Maryland Mansion, End of 
	Summer, Kitty Can, Toast & 
	Marmalade For Tea, Trash Bag
	Launderette and 20,000 Days.
	Danny Button sat in for Trash
	Bag, though I neglected to give
	him any cues for when to play.
	You can identify pros by their 
	reaction to nincompoopery.

	Pictures on Facebook and
	Instagram.

	Piano Room next Wednesday 
	sans Button.

051618	Set list printed, gallons of water 
	dumped into my torso, salad and 
	poor sea creature consumed, voice 
	warmed up to near croaking - get 
	me to the arena, Mr. Henry.

051018	Added a couple of dates for May.

	Got through the whole set and was
	able to give some attention to On, 
	Capers, Maryland Mansion and 
	Blister Beetle.  Sang along with
	Bryan playing Beatles songs after.

042518	Did 4 songs (Billy Corgan's Cadillac, 
	Kitty Can, Around the World in 20,000 Days
	and Trashbag Launderette) at the Piano 
	Room.  Thank you to Karen Baum for 
	accommodating our larger than normal
	set-up.

042218	Dave and I went to see Bryan's
	other group give a performance.
	Bryan is absurdly talented and
	it's laughable and marvelous 
	that he's our percussionist!

041918	Book Johnny Marie & the Lonesome 
	Petunias live shows here.

	Number 2 on Reverb Nation's KC
	alternative charts.

041618	"Dear Johnny, where can I get 
	replacement tuners for my Epiphone
	John Lennon signature model EJ-160e?"

	About a month ago I broke a tuner
	on my Epiphone EJ-160e John Lennon 
	acoustic guitar.  I searched forums for
	a tip for a suitable replacement and only
	learned that the brand was Kluson.  I 
	gambled on a used set taken off of a 
	Gibson Les Paul and failed because of 
	a collar that prevented the post from
	making it through the hole in the 
	headstock.  I then found a vintage box 
	of Klusons on eBay and they fit perfectly 
	and the key is exactly the same shape 
	and color.  You can't tell the difference 
	between the originals vand the replacement.  
	There isn't much information on the box, 
	but there is a hand-written model number 
	which is SD90SLN.  This model number is 
	your friend.

041418	More drum takes from Allen.
	Here's where we stand:

20,000 Days (6 drum takes)	[no bass]
Around The World In 20,000 Days	(3 drum takes)	[no bass]
Blister Beetle	(0 drum takes)	[no bass]
Bon Voyage	(4 drum takes)	[no bass]
Boyfriend	(0 drum takes)	[no bass]
Capers	 (3 drum takes)	[no bass]
Glad To Pass On	 (7 drum takes)	[has bass]
Is This Your Thing?	(0 drum takes)	[has bass]
Its Wandering	(2 drum takes)	[has bass]
Land Ho!	(0 drum takes)	[has bass]
Long Dry Walk	(0 drum takes)	[has bass]
Nellie Ordinary	(1 drum takes)	[has bass]
Parasol	(0 drum takes)	[has bass]
Wrong Star	(5 drum takes)	[has bass]

Number 6 on ReverbNation's Alternative rankings.
I suspect that has more to do with content and 
distribution than popularity.


041118	Added Blister Beetle to the live set.

040718	Video stills from the McGuire's Tavern
	performance up on Instagram
040518 Cellphone video of our set last night up on our YouTube channel. 040418 Just finished our set at McGuire's. Yay for us. 040318 Doing a few songs at McGuire's Taven tomorrow evening. 040118 Finished arranging Blister Beetle and putting down some basic parts. Still needs more words. Even I know that. Fished out the Takamine for the live set on Wednesday since the Epiphone has a wonky tuner key. 033118 I'm still waiting on bass and drum parts for several songs before this album can be put on Patrick's plate so I'm going to try to dash off one more song. Will record the bits for it today and think about how it should be arranged. 032918 Ran through the set and the repeated the stuff for the live set that we'll do next week. We'll probably have to cut something but the current set list is: Little Something Sultan Eyes Kitty Can 20,000 Days Around The World In 20,000 Days Trash Bag Launderette Ask Wrong Star 031518 Ran through the set. Picked some songs for a shorter set. 030918 A raucous but spirited performance of the set last night and now the boys are getting anxious to go do this somewhere in front of something other than dusty living room furniture. Look out thin, disinterested crowd in a small, brackish bar somewhere in the city! Your day of reckoning is drawing nigh! 030118 Rehearsal with Dave and Bryan. Listened to more takes from Allen. 022818 Listened to some of Allen's recent takes. Some of the songs are really starting to come together. 022418 Had a chat with Allen about yesterday's notes. The "20,000 Days" and "Around The World In 20,000" days thing is already creating headaches. 022318 Getting drum takes from Allen again! Sent off some notes. 022218 Ran through all of the songs live again. Bryan insisted we rate what is working and what isn't so that we can focus on the troublemakers next time. 021418 Ran through the set with Dave and Bryan. Michael came by to check on our progress. Added Maryland Mansion to the set. 020818 Rehearsal with Dave and Bryan. 013118 Hey Pa Time to leave us all It's a short flight See the feathers fall Forgive me for saying But you lead the way And though I'm behind you It's too soon to join you 012918 Struggling with Capers. It's in danger of getting the Pool treatment. Pool was a Costello-esque rocker that got over-thought into electronica. 012818 How do you work a new song into a setlist without a vote? Pretend to play it absent- mindedly in-between songs. If someone joins in then you can add it to the list with confidence. If everybody stares at you blankly then you have failed. Again. 012518 Ran through the set with Bryan and Dave. 012218 Worked on the call in response in Is This Your Thing to my satisfaction. Recorded the guts of a new song. 012018 Added piles of Capers vocal takes. 011718 Yes, sang more lead vocal takes for Glad To Pass On. Added some harmonies to Capers. Taking some mixes from Allen's Glyn Johns set-up to Patrick for feedback. 011618 Added some more convincing vocal takes to Glad To Pass On. Also added backing vocals and hand claps. 011518 Worked a bit on the lead vocal for Glad To Pass On. 011218 Learned how to use Beat Detective vs Quantizing to adjust the timing of audio rhythm tracks. 011118 Sorted all of the buses and committed all of the mellotron parts. Added some shakers and cabasa to Nellie Ordinary. 011018 Added another dozenish takes of the lead vocal for Land Ho! Listened to 30+ It's Wandering lead vocal takes. Drilled it down to 21 that have useful moments. Teleconference with Allen. Tweaking the balance of click track and reference drums. 010918 "It's Wandering" needed a better vocal take so of course I added a cabasa track instead. And maracas. 010818 Allen sent 6 takes of 20,000 Days for my listening pleasure. Finished lyrics for Capers and tried a few vocal takes. Settled on verse lyrics for Boyfriend and sang about16 takes. Had to upgrade my DropBox account to accomodate Allen's drum takes. 010718 No blog entries means nothingood. 010418 Bryan and I ran through the set. 010218 And I did. He now has everything until somebody tells me I need to write more songs. Sent Allen: Wrong Star Long Dry Walk Boyfriend Need to sex up It's Wandering and Capers before sharing. 010118 Allen sent me some test files to make sure we were going to be able to communicate. And I did. Intend to send Allen 4 or 5 more songs today. Likely: Nellie Ordinary Glad To Pass On Parasol Bon Voyage Is This Your Thing? I still need to do work on all of those but they are together enough to drum to. That just leaves: Long Dry Walk Wrong Star It's Wandering Capers Boyfriend 123117 Had a good state of the union review with Michael. I need these. 122117 Had a little groove pop up in my brain. Recorded bass, drums, guitars, organ and some vocal ideas. Dave sent me a sample of factory machine noise that I had asked for. Fooled with resampling it with the SSD Trigger, which is in Dynamics, for future self., 121617 Strung up the battered Yamaha in a Nashville Tuning and aped the acoustic guitar parts in Capers. 121517 The two same-age, bass-playing Daves will be at the Rundgren show tomorrow. They have yet to meet. 121417 Rehearsal with Bryan. Working out Capers. Bryan brought his mandolin and Seagull acoustic so of course we had a Beatles sing-along after. Note to self: Listen to Spooky Tooth's version of I Am The Walrus. 121317 Finalized the arrangement for Capers (Harbor Breeze) and sent off a copy to Dave and Bryan. 120917 Still futzing with the arrangement of Capers. Need to re-cut nearly all of the parts. 120717 Rehearsal with Dave and Bryan. Dave and Bryan sang Beatles songs afterwards. Sent Dave a demo of Capers. 120617 Michael's birthday! Bryan turned me onto Nashville tuning. Ordered some strings. Gauges are 10-14-09-12-17-25. 120517 Got the new solos back from Danny Button. Way good! 120417 Smeared the Kent Americana all over Bon Voyage. Not sure if P will keep any of it. Still trying to muscle Capers into something. Getting awfully close. 120217 Going to try to put down some keeper parts for Capers today and squeeze it in for Land Ho! 113017 Good rehearsal with Bryan and Dave. Should have several contiguous sessions in before Christmas. 112917 Talked to Danny Button about getting some additional takes of the Is This Your Thing solo with more of a dirty 1960s vibe. I thought he might be annoyed but, as always, he was positive, enthusiastic and committed to coming up with the best part for the song. 112717 Spent some time arranging the different parts in Capers. Tried some different approaches to the opening line of It's Wandering. Considering resurrecting Sue's Green Dress for this album as a Her Majesty add on somewhere. It fits the theme nicely. 112617 Sent the first three songs off to Allen for drums - 20,000 Days, Land Ho! and Around The World in 20,000 Days. 112517 Shannon added vocals to 20,000 Days, Land Ho! and Around The World in 20,000 Days. 112417 Rachel tracked vocals on 20,000 Days, It's Wandering, Around The World in 20,000 Days and Land Ho! 112217 Going to start sending Allen songs this weekend. Going to try to have 6 ready by then. Added a half-dozen vocal takes to It's Wandering. 112017 Michael and I ran through some artwork options and then listened to what we have ready for Land Ho! He felt like we should include Wrong Star and Long Dry Walk. We'll at least send them to Allen and see how they feel with some marvelous drum parts. 111717 Sent Dave the last of the three songs that need bass parts. Contemplating producing a multi-band show for our first outing. 111617 First rehearsal with Bryan and Dave in 3 weeks. Bryan surprised me by playing Around The World In 20,000 Days on an acoustic guitar just days after I sent him the demo. The practice went surpisingly well. The holidays will probably slow us down but we're getting awfully close. 111517 Potentially have a flautist (Jazzy Jazz Miyagi) lined up for Nellie Ordinary. Sent off the current version of the song for consideration. Got Land Ho! pedal steel parts back from Terry Gann. Land Ho! indeed! Added shaker eggs, maraccas, tambourine and wood blocks to 20,000 Days. Added more vocal takes. 111417 Started to lather flesh on 20,000 Days. I like where it's going. Both it and the reprise are Get Happy sparse in terms of changes. Sorted through some more images looking for inspiration for Land Ho! artwork. 111317 Added a million slide parts to Around The World but they seem to clutter an already noisy song. Will let P decide. Set copies of the rough draft to Dave and Bryan so that we can pop it in the set. 111217 Fixed an error with the lyric display application. Finished AWI2KD but now am thinking about editing in a bridge. I hate editing in bridges. 111117 Got scratch vocals and guitar down for 20,000 days. It's going to go fast. Have nearly finished Around The World In 20,000 Days. Just need to comp a lead vocal. Here's the current track listing for Land Ho! in my mind. Kill Me (now Bon Voyage) Land Ho! 20,000 Days Parasol Is This Your Thing? Nellie Ordinary Glad to Pass On It's Wandering Around The World In 20,000 Days Thanks means pushing Wrong Star Long Dry Walk Boyfriend into the box where Dingus and about 30 other partially recorded songs live. Potential Bomb Pop Innuendo material. 111017 Fluffed up Around The World. 110817 Talked to P about adding accordion to Land Ho! Added SoundToys Little Plate reverb to Pro Tools. Recorded the framework for Around The World In 20,000 Days. Will do 20,000 Days tomorrow. 110417 I dreamt of some puns about biblical characters for Around The World In 20,000 Days. I was given the title too. 110217 Got guitar parts back from Danny for Is This Your Thing. Good stuff as always. 110117 Asked Patrick if he wanted the completed songs for Land Ho as they were finshed or all at once. Decided on all at once. I've traded recording for rehearsing for the last few months but need to get ready to start sending Allen songs for drums before Thanksgiving. Am committed to going through everything over the next 10 days and evaluating which songs are finished and which still need bits. Still need to write a few more too, which fortunately is happening organically. Her Bows one year-old today. 101917 Added 20,000 Days to the set. Dave brought a Shure SM58 Beta for me to try out, which I dug. 101217 Ran through the 19 song set with Bryan and Dave. Broke a string on the Ephiphone less than a week after re-stringing it. Talked with Bryan about contributing parts to "Land Ho!". 100617 Fourth rehearsal with Dave and Bryan. Should have an hour of stuff ready to go in early November. 093017 Adding Three Bells, Ordinary Guy and Girl for Samson's End of Summer to the set. 092817 Talked with Michael about a title for the 4th album and artwork. He's on board with Land Ho! for the title and my concept for the front and back covers. Third rehearsal with Bryan and Dave. Bryan is ready to add a few more songs so will learn Three Bells and something else. 092217 Second rehearsal with Bryan and Dave. Added Puff Adders and Falstaff to the set. 091817 Still rehearsing a 45 minute set instead of recording. Land Ho and Is This Your Thing are out getting guitar parts. Will probably start sending Allen songs for drums in October. 091517 Played around with a cover for the new album. Going with Land Ho until something better happens along. 091417 Dave and I ran through the set with multi-instrumentalist Bryan Mace. Very excited about the potential. 091317 Patrick Meagher signed up for mixing and mastering the 4th album. Big relief for me. 083117 Dave and I romped through the set. 082817 Chris Ruzich came by and helped flesh out a song he submitted as a bass idea earlier this year. Michael brought the congas by for our rehearsals. 082517 ReverbNation chart plummet. Held the number 5 spot for our city for about 6 weeks but have since dribbled down to number 10. I think all this means is that I need to post new content. A new picture and a blog entry would probably stave off our disappearing entirely from the front page. 082417 Dave and I ran through the set. Trying to get the science-y bits worked out so that we can get it to the place where we can drink while we play. 082317 Still trying to run through the set once or twice a day to get in playing shape Please consider this public record proof of ownership of the following band name: Touch Manly & the Bomb Pop Innuendo While I am googly-eyed by the thrilling possibilities of writing songs as TM, I am not made of wood and will consider any obscene offer for purchase. And by obscene I mean a figure high enough that my bank won't allow me to cash the check at the drive through. Like, they would need me to come in and show a bunch of credentials. Which I totally have. 082117 Filmed the changes in the sky during the eclipse for incidental footage for White Girl but there were dust spots on my sensor. Sang another dozen takes of Land Ho. 081917 Sent Dave (bass), Terry Gann (pedal steel) and Michael (piano) a demo of Land Ho! Michael and I went shopping! 081817 Ayo McPherson tracked congas on Nellie and Is This Your Thing. Worked on the B section of Land Ho. 081717 Ran through the set with Dave. John Bara sat in on congas. Yahoo suggests that, while searching for Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias, you may have intended to search for: breanne marie & the front porch sinners jan marie & the mean reds donny & marie marie & the papaya girls beautiful day marie & the redcat marie & the misfits marie & the boys dance band andrea marie & the magnolia band I don't agree. I think you were spot on. Here's a whimsical look at the current "Similar Artists" list from Spotify: The Delta Riggs 888 Rann Akron/Family Revolution, I Love You Paul Weller I think Paul Weller is on the list because we both fret over gum recession and bone density. 081617 Did some base touching with the videographer. Sending Is This Your Thing off to Danny Button. Talking to conga players. Current live setlist clocking in right at 30 minutes without jibber jabber, tuning or replacing broken strings: Little Something Sultan Eyes Kitty Can/nothingood/White Girl Billy Corgan's Caddilac Ask Gardenaire My Sweet Lord/Toast & Marmalade For Tea/Trashbag Launderette Wrong Star It's Wandering 081517 Gardenaire (the song) now has over 1,000 streams on Pandora Radio. 081417 Recorded demo-y parts for Land Ho and Melody Maker. Recorded more soft lead vocals for Nellie Ordinary. Fooled around with the solos in Is This Your Thing. 081317 Added some chaotic solos to Is This Your Thing. 080917 juiceboxberries is now one year-old. 080617 Lots of stuff going on. I'm so focused on this new album that I'm startled whenever something good floats down the river from Gardenaire - which has only been out for 3 months. 080517 Michael may have scored us a conga player for recording and performance. 080417 Michael added backing vocals to Is This Your Thing. 080317 Dave and I ran through a dozen songs for our future set. Afterwards he added backing vocals to Is This Your Thing, Wrong Star and It's Wandering. 080217 The "White Girl" video project is still alive. Please not-too-long live the "While Girl" video project. Tom Bowman doing what Tom Bowman does. 080117 Official YouTube page for Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias music and videos. 073117 Made some tweaks to It's Wandering. Allen Johnston is ready to start listening to songs. 073017 Thomas added bass and vocals to It's Wandering. 072917 Rachel added some vocals to Is This Your Thing? Got up at 4:30 to quietly capture the B part to It's Wandering. Got chords, melody, words - the whole pile. Thank you Giant Man. 072817 Fleshing out It's Wandering. Thought of a B part right before bed that will haunt me all night. 072617 There is a clerk at the local grocery store that I used to "know" a long time ago when he worked at a now-defunct music store. Whenever I see him he always asks after my musical pursuits. I recently answered him by giving him a copy of Gardenaire, which he immediately tried to buy. After a few weeks he asked for one of the other albums, which I delivered today, and again, he insisted on paying for it. How stand up is that shit? 072417 MTV Italy treating us better than the US. Fake news. Cregg optimistic about the new t-shirt designs. 072217 Sent a new t-shirt design to Cregg. Got the first rough cut of the video for White Girl. 072017 Dave add more takes to Parasol. I used a bass mistake from Is This Your Thing to build a loop in the outro. He had a few live runs at that. I decided to have it morph from loop to live like We Don't Do That. 071917 Talking to another artist about a video for White Girl. 071817 Finishing up a long droning ending to Is This Your Thing? 071317 Dave and Michael came over and we mostly talked, drank and sang. Ran through some stuff I imagine including in an open mic set. Song list up for consideration for number 4 thus far, or so far: Wrong Star Long Dry Walk Kill Me Glad To Pass On Is This Your Thing? Nelly Ordinary Parasol Boyfriend Old Clothes 071217 I've been posting some old CD artwork mock-ups on Instagram and Facebook. 071017 Played with Is This Your Thing? some more. 070917 Started fooling around with Is This. Your Thing? Also lathered some vocal flesh on Wrong Star. 070817 On this day last year I was listening to the juiceboxberries masters. Added piano and backing vocals to Wrong Star. Re-sang lead in Nellie Ordinary. 070617 Dave came over and tracked bass on Wrong Star. We ran through Kitty Can. 070517 Finished up the Kitty Can demo and added a million softer vocal takes to Parasol. Dashed off some guide tracks for Wrong Star. 070317 Look at how MTV is spoofing users by using a redirect for Johnny Marie on MTV.com (https://www.mtv.com/artists/johnny-marie-the-lonesome-petunias/) link to bounce to their homepage. Number 5 on Kansas City's Alterntative charts at ReverbNation just for being organized. 062917 Michael came over and listened to the mostly-finished and just-started songs. He really liked Kill Me and wants to open the album with it I forgot about Long Dry Walk and Wrong Star so suddenly we have 7 songs in the bank. I would like to develop at least another 7 before we call it soup or whatever you call a completed collection of songs. Is it soup? Smoothed out the changes in Boyfriend. Have 4 songs nearly ready to ship to Allen for drums. 062817 Played around with a live set arrangement. Doubled the length of Boyfriend and added some guitars and bass. 062617 Spent the afternoon setting up proper buses and naming tracks for the 4 songs that are nearly ready for Allen while "The Trip" from 1967 droned. I'll watch anything pre-disco era Bruce Dern picture. The wah-wahier the better. Michael brought by Gardenaire t-shirt samples. Had a meeting in the gardens about quantity, sizes etc. 062517 Rachel and Shannon added vocals to Nellie Ordinary, Parasol, Boyfriend and Glad to Pass On. Spent the early morning working up some covers to worm into a live set. Both Bee Gees-related. 062417 Tweaked Wrong Star, Parasol and Boyfriend. 062217 Dave and I put down a scratch track for Wrong Star. Talked about doing some 4-5 song set shows together. Was unfollowed by a handful of people for this tweet: "On social media, unsigned bands are as vulnerable as the sick and elderly and as invasive and toxic as Giant Hogweed." 062017 That moment when you realize you've been mixing with the isolation headphones on. That moment when you realize that there is a pair of hot headphones in the room that have been bleeding into your tracking. Number 5 on ReverbNation's Alternative charts for Kansas City. It's a tin tiera. 061917 Chris came by and recorded bass for the outro of Parasol. He also Sang harmonies for Glad To Pass On and Boyfriend. 061717 Sang more takes for Boyfriend and fooled with the arrangement. Storms overnight. Trees down. Power outages. Pro Tools computer wouldn't power up. Dig this - ends up that a single plug on the surge protector, the very plug the computer was in, was fried. Tried another plug and protector and the 4th Johnny Marie album resumes. 061617 I have musicians scheduled to come over and track over the next week so am trying to see which of the 6 half-cooked songs (Parasol, Nellie Ordinary, Glad to Pass On, Long Dry Walk, Old Clothes, Boyfriend, ) are ready. I also need to frame out a rollicking version of Wrong Star. 061217 Number 7 on ReverbNation's Alternative charts for Kansas City in mid-June when the winds are gusting from the South. 060917 juiceboxberries now available at Target.com 060817 Dave tracked bass on Nellie Ordinary and Parasol. Micahel popped by and we talked about some t-shirt designs. 060717 Worked on Boyfriend and Old Clothes. 060617 Popped Three Bells up on ReverbNation 060317 Gardenaire now playing on Pandora Radio 060217 Hung out with 5 Johnny Marie contributors sequentially. 053117 Another re-tooling of Boyfriend. Got an idea to make it less Violent Femmesy when I heard a sort of reggae song in an episode of Better Call Saul. Didn't work. 052917 Picked up a six string banjo. You're thinking "Oh, banjo and a mandolin! I know what you're up to!" No you don't. 052717 Finally got a chance to sit down and paw through Danny Button's guitar tracks for Parasol. Delightful range of tones and feels. Will be difficult settling on just one or two. Monkeying around with a mandolin. 052317 Received the approval notice from Pandora for Gardenaire. Took two weeks this time. Took 1 day for juiceboxberries and Her Bows. Should be live sometime in June. 052017 Finally picking up a banjo. Already have my eyes and ears on a song for it. 051817 Layed down a foundation for Boyfriend. 051717 Sat outside watching birds with my 1/2 classical guitar and came up with the chords for Boyfriend. 051617 Touched base with Terry Gann to make sure he was still available to contribute some lap steel/pedal steel parts. Looking forward to dreaming up something worthy of Terry's work. 051517 Sent Parasol off to Danny for some of his sweet noodling. 051217 Delighted to get Danny Button to agree to submit some guitar parts. Between he and Terry Gann I now have some shiny new tools in the box. 051117 Re-cut all of the falsettos in Nellie Ordinary. Sounds much better. 051017 Just got in a fresh batch of "Her Bows" CDs. 050917 YouTube links are now working. 050817 Physical CDs are here and should be available online in about a week. 050617 Album is finding it's way around the world. Currently up on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, iHeartRADIO, Slacker Radio, Napster, Google Play and Microsoft Music. YouTube is slowly adding songs. Pandora will take a few weeks. 050317 Worked s'more on Old Clothes. 050217 Started work on Old Clothes. 043017 Sent MP3s of Glad to Pass On to Chris so that he can develop a bass part. 042617 Pre-order "Gardenaire" at Amazon.com Dig: I'm thinking about building a set comprised of a song or two from each of the three albums and doing a few open mic nights to try to "move some units." I have mentioned this to my circle of friends so many times over the last month that more than once I have heard "Yeah, you were saying something about that." in reply. 042517 Digital Distribution launched. On target for a May 5 release. 042417 Issue with the resolution of one of the images so I went back to the lot and pulled the image to re-scan it. While looking through the slides from the roll of film I found a second shot that was wonderful and I'm using it for the CD image. A Passion Play. 042217 Order placed for Gardenaire CDs. Also ordered another box of Her Bows. 042017 I have the masters, they are gorgeous and they will be submitted to be printed tomorrow. I think we are having a May baby. 041917 Allen is starting to put together something that will enable him to record drums for us from afar. 041817 Still working, very slowly, on Parasol, 123&4 and Nellie Ordinary. 041717 I get many lines for JMLP songs when I have awakened in the middle of the night and have just about drifted back to sleep. The challenge is capturing the line without waking myself back up out of the sweet, sweet woozy state. Sometimes I can memorize it and scribble it down when I awake. I gambled on that last night and failed. 040917 Michael and I fooled around with the lyrics for Nellie Ordinary. I've been hammering away on Nellie Ordinary & pining for the Gardenaire masters. Still hope to get it out in April. 040217 Worked most of the morning painting noises on the current pile of songs. Started work on a sequence of guitar chords that Michael brought a few weeks ago. 033117 Ready to track some vocals and there goes somebody's house alarm. There are a variety of incidental environmental sounds that make their way onto vocal tracks - roofers, dogs, loud cars, wrens and cardinals. 032917 Bought and installed UVI's Mello. Michael came by and listened to the latest stuff. We decided to go ahead and order more copies of "Her Bows" when we submit "Gardenaire". 032617 Still slapping it on. 032517 Ladeling flesh upon Parasol, 123&4 and Am Again. 032417 Fooled around with some mellotron bits in 123&4 and Parasol. 031917 I want an M-Tron Pro because Andy Partridge uses one. Worked s'more on 123&4. 031617 Heaped a bunch of guitars and pianos on top of one of the bits that Chris brought. Then, 3 or 4 months from now, we'll pay somebody to strip it all way. 031517 Michael dropped by to share a collection of guitar chords he has been fooling around with. I may try to use some of the parts to supplement Parasol. 031417 Worked on Parasol. Mainly trying to find the melody hidden in the naked chords. Discovered that the masters are still a few weeks away from being in my paws. Poor world. 030517 The first optimistically over-priced Johnny Marie counterfeit CD just showed up on eBay. 030417 Chris came over and tracked a fistful of grooves he had been saving up. 030317 Went out with the gang to see Dave's cover band play. Got to meet Danny Button, Tim Kelly and talk Terry Gann into doing some pedal/lap steel work for future Johnny Marie projects. 030217 Need to do something with the phrases "unlaunderable funk" and "Virginians and Mohicans". 030117 Dave recorded bass for Long Dry Walk. Hung out with Michael, Shannon and played our hits until well past my bedtime. 022717 Thomas sent me a track order. I forwarded that along with Michael's to Patrick. 022617 Made arrangements with Allen Johnston to drum on future Johnny Marie albums. Made plans with Chris Ruzich to get some bass grooves to play with later this week. Talked with Patrick about shortening the intro to Trash Bag Launderette. 022417 Taking the AIFFs to Thomas (co-produced, mixed and mastered "Her Bows") for some track order feedback. Michael came by and gave me his suggestions for track order. 022317 Got the Gardenaire mixes back from Patrick - including all of the edits and Jackson Browne. I'm still wrestling with the intro to one song before sending this thing off to print. 022017 Fluffed up Long Dry Walk with demo bass, drums, organ and backing vocals. 021917 Roughed out Long Dry Walk structure with piano chords for number 4. I've included a Johnny Marie classic along with new stuff on each album so far. Comped the drums from last night's session and am starting to zip it up for P. There are so many "OK, this is the last *" moments in completing an album. BTW, taxes were submitted within about a minute of the zip file upload completing. 021817 Chris came by and recorded several drum takes for Jackson Browne. Also added some harmonies and cow bell. A proper cow bell at that. I'm talking wooden clapper that had to be held with his left hand while he sticked with his right. Sent mixing notes to Patrick. Site player feeds are still down. 021717 Got the mixes for the first nine songs back from Paris. Stunned. So lucky to have this guy in my corner. Had a listen with Dave straight away and then later with Michael. The feeds for the MP3 players are currently unavilable. Should be back up soon. 021317 Sang a few more rounds of the bridge so Patrick has plenty to work with. Chris is coming on Saturday to add drums and then this thing is off to the doctor. (Patrick is the doctor.) Falstaff now at 300 views while We Don't Do That is threatening 600. All you can hope for these days are ears. 021017 Decided on the 7th to have Chris Ruzich have a go at the drums for Jackson Browne and sent him an .mp3 to work with. Originally I wanted Gary Boyle to play drums on the song but felt like I was running out of time. The idea of Chris drumming to his own bass tracks appeals to me too. Working with Gary will be a pleasure I'll save for the 4th album. 020717 Chris Ruzich tracked bass for Jackson Browne. 020617 Michael signed off on the Gardenaire artwork and the lastest version of Jackson Browne. 020517 Michael brought over the Mackie ProFX12 because my ONYX820i doesn't have enought XLR inputs to accomodate all of the microphones I want to use on the drums. More finishing touches on the artwork. 020417 Sent a Jackson Browne mp3 to Dave for possible Swiercinsky Sounds. 020317 Finished laying out the artwork for Gardenaire. Just need to settle on fonts and a track listing. Touched base with Gary Boyle about drumming on Jackson Browne. 020217 Jackson Browne MP3 sent to Chris so that he can develop a part. 013117 Added new takes for just about everything in Jackson Browne. Just needs bass and drums before heading to Paris. Have a bass player lined up next week. 013017 Re-sang most of Jackson Browne and worked some more on the arrangement. 012917 Made progress finishing up Jackson Browne. Worked up a bridge and a lyric and added some slide guitar and keyboard bits. Tomorrow I'll start replacing idea parts with proper parts. 012817 We Don't Do That now has over 500 views on YouTube. Added guitars and more pianos to Now Here and whisked it off to P. 012717 Lost my nerve with Jackson Browne and reverted back to the initial notion rather than trying to implement older bits into the song. This inspired me to dig up one of the earlier versions of Pool that will work better with the temporarily discarded bits. 012617 Imported Dave's stand up bass part for NowHere. 012517 Windy sent to Paris. Worked more on Jackson Browne. Thomas came by and tracked bass for Windy with the Percision fretless and the Music Man Sting Ray. 012417 Talked to Gary Boyle about drumming on Jackson Browne and he's up for it! Now I need to finish it. I found a harmony and a vocoder part that patched up the bit that was annoying me in Windy. Scheduled Thomas to come track bass. Getting close on Windy. Got NowHere Again tidied up and just waiting on a bass part. Uploading the outro for Windy. Now to finish Windy. Did another bass take with the Music Man. Things I learned about Pro Tools today: The Insertion Follows Playback button is EVIL! Make certain that it is not highlighted. Control click on a bus track will enable individual track soloing. Control = is the antidote for an indadvertant Control W. 012317 Smushed Intro into the start of Jackson Browne. May also try to wedge in Bloof, another little bit that was born in Houston. Intro and Jackson Browne sessions were set at 110 and Bloof, with a guitar track, was at 115. What to do? If I change the tempo it will screw up the audio data, right? Here's where Paris once again pays dividends. He told me once to use Elastic Audio to convert the audio data to clicks which preserved the quality of the track during the tempo change. And it did. 012217 Sang a dozen takes of the intro to Trash Bag Launderette and sent it off to Paris. 012117 Dave has started to upload takes of Trash Bag Lauderette to my DropBox. By the way, he's using Stu Cook's 1999 Modulus Genesis 5 string bass. Stu of course is the bassist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. 012017 I'm giving Paris Three Bells. Made some progress on Windy but still needs some love. Working today on resurrecting Windy. This was a song Jason and I fooled around with in the early days of this project and was one of the first songs we worked on for Her Bows. I'll be giving it a better piano performance today and re-cut the vocals and bass. The outro for this song is an old demo of mine called Today. I will give Paris the option of using my original stereo demo or the reworking of the song I did last year. I need to learn how to use the Solo Safe function in Pro Tools today. This will strengthen and lengthen my relationships with sound engineers who are tasked with mixing my work. 011917 Uploading Sink Down for Paris to mix. Should have Three Bells ready this weekend. 011817 Uploading White Girls, Gardenaire and Blue in the Veins for P to mix. 011717 Added some more vocal parts and bass lines to Jackson Browne. Re-sang all of the bits in Blue in the Veins. 011617 Trying to get a couple of songs to take to Paris tomorrow. I decided on Gardenaire and White Girls. Trash Bag Launderette and NowHere (again) are waiting on a bass parts from Dave, I need to add a few more vocal takes to Blue in the Veins and Three Bells and Sink Down needs some stretching. Gave back Jezebel's Rode NTK. Worked more on Michael's new song. 011517 Got down the guts of an idea Michael had. 011417 Dave had a go at the bass for Trash Bag Launderette. Latest "Similar Artists" from Pandora Radio: The Delta Riggs Akron/Family 888 Revolution, I Love You Rann 011117 Sent Dave an MP3 of NowHere Again with Allen's drum tracks so that he can build a bass part. Woke up early and put some finishing touches on Sink Down. Will run by Michael tonight before handing off to Paris. 011017 Sink Down is starting to sound like Bananarama. 010917 Worked on the outro of Sink Down and added new vocal takes to Gardenaire and White Girl. Futzed around with vocal melodies for Bloof. 010817 Have a dozen drummers to audition but ran out of songs that need drums. Allen drummed on the first 6, I did Sink Down and I am thinking of reviving Windy, which already has Allen's parts on it. That leaves a couple of songs to prepare for percussion. I think the right way to go about this is to schedule drummers in 2 hour blocks to track the 2 songs. Then we can decide who we got along with and had the best performances. 010717 Borrowed Jezebel's Rode NTK while my mic is out on loan and am determined to track vocals for all 7 songs with it. There's a time when a man has to ask: "Will more songs fall out of my bottom if I buy a 6 string banjo OR a hulusi?" Getting some great drummer responses from the ad. Also, Dave gave me the numbers of a couple of people he has worked with. 010617 Added some bass ideas to Sink Down using the Music Man. Dave came by and hung out for a bit. Now I want a Hulusi. 010417 Re-cut a sloppy acoustic in Gardenaire and the Kent Americana in Trash Bag Launderette. 010217 Got drum parts from Allen (with engineering help from Thomas Montgomer) for White Girl, Gardenaire, Three Bells, Blue in the Veins, NowWhere (again) and Trashbag Launderette. An amazing talent as you will discover once the amazingly talented Patrick Meagher has mixed and mastered our work. 010117 So excited about Allen coming am I, that I put out some feelers for drummers to contribute on a more regular basis. Tuning Drums Day. Ew. 123016 After enduring months of sass and shaming from Dave and Thomas I finally invested in some quality guitar and mic cables. 122916 Thomas had another go at bass (fretless Percission and Music Man Stingray) for White Girl, Gardenaire and Three Bells. Need to buy Allen sticks for Monday. 5B-7A. 122816 Thomas had a go at bass parts for White Girl and Gardenaire. Michael came by and we ate tacos. 122616 After trying every gimmick I could think of to occupy a moment in White Girl I finally settled on just a classical guitar and piano and I like it super much. 122416 "juiceboxberries" Similar Artists list on iHeart Radio: David Gilmour Dave Lee Roth Mountain I don't know whether to laugh or whimper or wheeze. 122216 Scheduled time with Thomas next week to record bass for White Girl and Gardenaire. 122116 Michael and I pawed through the fragments of songs we have saved up to see what is worthy of pursuing. Re-cut all of the guitars in White Girl to my satisfaction only to discover that a mic in the room wasn't completely muted so there is significant bleed because I used the monitors instead of headphones. Still, the arrangement of the song is complete and I only need to up the quality of some of the parts. 121916 Big boxes of guitar tracks on White Girl. I am in the removing spices stage of arranging the song. 121816 Still dry humping White Girl trying to create sparks. 121716 Smashed two ideas together and What a Day for the White Girl is born. 121316 Her Bows on Pandora Radio 121016 The juiceboxberries cover has magically re-appeared on Pandora. Long live magic. 120916 Michael and I spent the evening listening to songs and making notes. Both took a couple of stabs at drunkenly bellowing parts during the outro of Trash Bag. 120716 The chalky little turd that is my muse gave me enough words to finish Gardenaire today. Added better vocal takes on Three Bells, Gardenaire and Trash Bag Launderette. 120516 Focused on getting some good takes of the Trash Bag Launderette intro with the new verse. Patrick Meagher is going to be mixing and mastering the next album. 120416 Gardenaire, Three Bells, Trash Bag Launderette & Blue in the Veins sent to Allen. 120316 "juiceboxberries" and "Her Bows" now at Mills Record Company in Westport. http://millsrecordcompany.com/new-releases-1125-mills-record-company/ Added loads of guitars to Three Bells. Set up a basic template, cover image and fonts for the alternate album title. Always enjoy watching the JMLP Similar Artists list on Pandora Radio evolve as we add albums: Similar Artists Temples Angels & Airwaves 888 The Delta Riggs Brad Laner 120116 Cut some Blue in the Veins vocal tracks with the new lyrics, made the Three Bells arrangement match my latest revisions and re-sang the intro to Trash Bag Launderette. I've been getting lyrics in the middle of the night lately. Got a verse for Launderette on the 30th and 3 verses for Blue in the Veins last night. Sleep would have been nice but some people can't sleep and get nothing in return for their suffering. 113016 Dave played around with bass parts for Gardenaire, Three Bells and Trash Bag Launderette. 112816 Lathered more meat upon Gardenaire, Three Bells and Trash Bag Launderette. 112616 Fleshed out Gardenaire and sent Dave a copy to use to develop a bass line. Then it's off to Allen for drum consideration. Going to try to finish Three Bells next. ...and worked on Trash Bag Launderette instead. 112416 Had a little challenge today. Gardenaire was built from some bits I recorded in Houston on a MacBook. I guess when I imported them into Pro Tools 12 the session defaulted to 44.1 kHz instead of 48 kHz, which is what I use for everything else. So, when I would exit a Gardenaire session and load something else Pro Tools would freak out about the difference and I would have to continually exit and restart. How could I convert Gardenaire to 48 kHz? I tried creating a new session at 48 k and then importing the 44.1 project. This fails because the import screen (and this is a well-documented issue) is longer than the computer screen and if you attempt to resize it it disappears. Went for a walk to think about it. Came back, opened up Gardenaire, launched the Save As process and discovered that it had an option for the frequency! Worked like a charm. Rock and also roll. 112116 Added a moog solo to Gardenaire. 112016 Back from a short trip south. Took one of the old MacBooks for Garageband and a half-sized classical guitar to write with. Got the guts of Gardenaire. 111116 Made a new project out of the old NowHere ending and fleshed out a new little guitar ditty. I'm starting to feel juicy again. Saving some time today to explore: Indian Run - Spindrift Everything Happens for the Best - Dick Flood Going Nowhere - The Nukes Tid Tom Ta Lai - Man City Lion Floating on a Cloud - Christopher Blue Poo Yai Lee/Green Onions - Louis Kennedy Suppanahong - Johnny Guitar Brave Awakening - Terry Reid Dont Worry Tracy - Christopher Blue Close to Me - Charles Manson Dreaming Casually - Little Willie and Thee Midniters You Said I'd Never Love Again - Faye Tucker Baroque #1 - Ultimate Spinach Nom Sami Mai - Saknatee Srichiangmai 110916 Physical CDs available at cdbaby. The moment you find yourself believing that somehow you can survive this, visualize how happy Ted Nugent is right now. 110716 Physical CDs mailed off and should be available online in a few days. Working on resurrecting Windy, Starting by striking the intro and upgrading some of the inserts. 110416 CDs should arrive today. CD release party tonight. "Her Bows" should be up on Pandora in a few weeks. 110316 Her Bows now on YouTube, Spotify and Slacker Radio. 110216 Got together and ran through Three Bells several times live. Shannon showed up and we retired to the piano with Dave's stand up bass and ran through Carly Simon songs. The Uncle Devil Show/Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias Michael pointed out how similar the colors for the album artwork of "juiceboxberries" and The Uncle Devil Show's "Terrible Beauty" are. This pleases me. 110116 Allen Johnston coming on Jaunary 3rd to record drums on the 3rd album. Her Bows now available at Amazon.com Her Bows now available on iTunes.com ...and no, I don't have an issue with Billy Corgan. Billy Corgan's Cadillac just sounds awesome together, it rhymed with the gibberish that was holding its place and he does happen to be a popular music rebel who ended up doing pretty well financially. It wrote itself. 103116 And we have liftoff. Day six of waiting on the review results for digital distribution of Her Bows. It took just 3 days for juiceboxberries. 102816 Player and store for Her Bows now up! Physical CDs available in about 2 weeks. Already lobbying for "Trashbag Launderette" as the title for the 3rd album. Current response from Forlorn Petunioideae is frosty. 102716 You can listen to Her Bows and Billy Corgan's Cadillac here and here. I always forget how long the CDBaby Digital Distribution process takes to finalize. It took 4 days for juiceboxberries so we are probably looking at Her Bows being dumped on the planet by 11/01/16. 102616 Final master in hand and uploading the songs to be printed. If I can get the artwork done today this little monster will be leaking onto the web by the weekend. 102516 Now that I am about a day away from pulling the trigger on this album I am getting cold feet on the artwork. I sent a PDF to Graeme Walker for feedback yesterday and he helped me with some justification issues. Just wringing my hands now over the title font. 102416 Track 1 "Her Bows" 0:00.000/4:38.980 (4:38.980 runtime) Track 2 "Juno Contacto" 4:38.980/7:54.231 (3:15.250 runtime) Track 3 "Billy Corgan's Cadillac" 7:54.231/12:21.826 (4:27.594 runtime) Track 4 "Jacob's Ladder" 12:21.826/16:21.575 (3:59.749 runtime) Track 5 "nothingood" 16:21.575/21:13.187 (4:51.612 runtime) Track 6 "Pool" 21:13.187/24:41.704 (3:28.517 runtime) Track 7 "Cleo the Liar" 24:41.704/27:48.240 (3:06.535 runtime) Track 8 "Maryland Mansion" 27:48.240/30:25.837 (2:37.597 runtime) Track 9 "NowHere" 30:25.837/34:14.464 (3:48.627 runtime) Track 10 "Ordinary Guy" 34:14.464/36:47.991 (2:33.526 runtime) Track 11 "Corky Finds Something" 36:47.991/38:49.237 (2:01.246 runtime) (38:49.237 total runtime) Graeme Walker is giving me some 11th feedback on the CD artwork. 102316 Got mastered album back from Thomas. Gave it one run through today. Will listen s'more tomorrow. 102116 Waxing nostalgic listening to the nearly completed 2nd album. We started writing and rehearsing songs for Her Bows in early December of last year (with Allen recording drums for Windy and Corky on New Years Eve) and finished with Ordinary Guy on October 7th. I've learned so much during the making of this album. Corky was started on the MacBook using Garageband (the same setup we used for juiceboxberries) so I had to learn Pro Tools 12 and a lovely variety of plug-ins during the making of. I think it was more fun to make because we were starting to get more comfortable with the writing and recording process. Less flailing around. Listened several times to the tracks in sequence to get a feel for how the album will flow. Thomas is now working on the mastering. Got the track sequence for Her Bows from Thomas: Her Bows Juno Contacto Billy Corgan's Cadillac Jacob's Ladder nothingood Pool Cleo the Liar Maryland Mansion NowHere Ordinary Guy Corky Finds Something 102016 Worked up a guitar solor for MTTROM. Single mixing adjustment from last night's session sent to Thomas. 101916 Listened to Her Bows mixes with Dave and Michael. Dave had a run at bass on the temporarily named Michael to the Right of Me. Purchased the Vahalla Vintage reverb and like it. Room and Plate will follow. 101816 Paris and Thomas have talked me into getting te Vahalla Plate, Room and Vintage reverbs. 101716 Played around with some vocal ideas for Michael to the Right of Me. 101616 Added an M-Audio SP-Triple Keyboard Pedal with Sustain, Soft, and Sostenuto Functions to the studio. Pretty sure I'll only ever use the sustain. 101116 A horrific escalation of tinnitus symptoms after spending most of the day under headphones. Going to take a break for a week and then ease back into aural abuse. 101016 Listened to the latest mixes with Thomas. We're very close. Played around with Hashtag Laundromat for a few hours. Added piano, drums, acoustic, tamby and some scratch vocals. 100916 Pick up a copy of juiceboxberries in Japan for just 1,400. 100816 Ran into Dennis Jones at a party. Dennis recorded one of my early bands at Hear Hear. My first time in a studio. He recorded us on 4 track. Tape. With a spring reverb. Added Slate Digital Trigger Platinum Drum Replacement Software to the JMLP studio. I'm just old enough that I'm still uneasy about spending money on something that you download vs something gleaming and blinking in a rack. Speaking of racks, I almost bought a used Roland GP-100 because GFS used one all the way through "12". It then struck me that we didn't use it on "Sleepnovox" because it had died. Reset shopping cart. 100716 Ordinary Guy handed to Thomas. Future moments to celebrate: completion of mixing, completion of mastering, CDs in hand and digital submission. 100516 Added one last Ordinary Guy vocal take and have the files ready to go to Thomas on Friday. 100416 Added an Ordinary Guy vocal take. 100316 Got a decent vocal take for Ordinary Guy. Wasn't happy with the tube preamp settings so will have another go tomorrow and then off to what we in the business calll "Post Production" or "Thomas." Thomas is having a difficult time replacing the piano parts with the new samples because they have already been slip-edited and/or automated. This makes it challenging to import and lineup the new parts. Fortunately it only involves 4 songs. 100216 Since we are about done with Her Bows I began the process of adding some of the ideas that I had on my phone to Pro Tools. We already have about 8 songs in various states of undress so it's not going to take long to come up with another 10 good ones for our third album. More Ordinary Guy vocal takes. Thomas may have to build this syllable by syllable. 100116 Met with Thomas. Gave him NowHere and talked about mixes. Paris told me to get the Native Instruments Alicia's Keys sample package for piano. And I did. Big memory hog but the samples are nice. Converted the pianos in Billy Corgan, Juno Contacto, Jacob's Ladder and Cleo the Liar. 093016 Had a bit of a cookout with most of the key players in attendance. Everybody signed off on the alternate NowHere ending. Will give that to Thomas this weekend. Artwork has also been approved. 092716 Three more Ordinary Guy vocal takes. 092616 Got the recording of the machinery from Dave and it fits better than I had dared to imagine. Or something like that. Nice fit. Going to track a few more vocals for Ordinary Guy today and then hand this albatross off to Thomas. This will just leave NowHere and it's mystery ending as the last problem to solve. 092516 Becoming more sure-handed with Illustrator and the album cover is looking more like an album cover. 092416 Now that I'm responsible for my own product I recall with new eyes Paris hastily cross-fading and consolidating regions before Thomas could see them during the Sleepnovox sessions. That little trick resides somewhere between wearing a padded bra and changing your test score from a B to an A. 092316 Sent Thomas notes for the mixes. Had a few more runs at Ordinary Guy and the end of NowHere. 092216 Dave recorded some clanky and hissy machine sounds that we want to use in NowHere. 092116 Set up Her Bows as a new project with DiscMakers so that I can test my work as I learn Illustrator 10. Have created the jacket and CD artwork and added text and everything looks good so far,. Listened to the NowHere ending over and over and finally threw up my hands and just cut the swing part and tripped out the ending. Now I have to sell it to my associates. I want to try some voice doubling on the lead for Ordinary Guy at the end of the week. 092016 Thomas printed (vs bouncing) me new mixes of the stuff he's finished and it is amazing. The difference between printing and bouncing is amazing and his work is amazing. Dave feels like the swing part in NowHere may not require a team of Super Friends to make it work so I will play with re-cutting some drum takes over the next few days so that we can get it to Thomas. 091916 Recorded drums for an idea I had and a B part for Three Bells. Tried some more Ordinary Guy takes but the work over the weekend was better. 091716 More vocal takes for Ordinary Guy. Hit the 128 audio tracks maximum and had to go on a killing spree. 091616 Still trying different vocal approaches to Ordinary Guy. Thomas plans to have mixes for Pool and Billy Corgan early next week. 091516 Fresh box of juiceboxberries CDs arrived. 091416 Dave had a gig so Michael and I spent the session going over album cover mock-ups. Agreed in principle on a title, cover and back cover. 091216 Worked some more on the Ordinary Guy vocal. That song will be ready to go once I get a good take, leaving NowHere and its swing part at the end as the last song to finish. 091016 Did some album cover mockups. Kristen ITC for JMLP and Vijaya for the title both using #DDD771 and Mangal for the 2nd option using #D7E0E9 for JMLP and #F6F9FD for the title. Toying with Her Boys, NowHere and nothingood as titles. 090916 Thomas came by and recorded a piano part during the Billy Corgan outro and a bass part for Ordinary Guy. He took home Billy Corgan for mixing. Two to go. 090716 Dave had a go at the verses Ordinary Guy and added a a few more bass passes to Billy Corgan. We listened to some of the finished mixes. Thinking this album could be done by Thanksgiving. Dave left a microKORG at the studio. Look out. 090516 Did another 3,000 vocal takes on Ordinary Guy, a song challenging my Three Blind Mice comfort zone. Finishing up Jacob's Ladder to give to Thomas tomorrow. That leaves Ordinary Guy, Billy Corgan's Cadillac and NowHere to tidy up before mixing. 090416 Sent off a current version of the swing bit at the end of NowHere to Dave Bostwick. 090316 Rachel and Shannon added backing vocals to Ordinary Guy and Jacob's Ladder. 090216 Ordered another pile of CDs. 090116 ...and Pool delivered to Thomas. Thomas brought over a mix of nothingood and we talked about it. I played him Pool and Ordinary Guy. Re-sang Pool and added some harmonies to Jacob's Ladder. 083116 Michael and I listened to the balance of songs to be mixed but the important thing is that he actually said "...jazz, to the point of stripper." Thomas dropped off an extended version of Her Bows to audition. It's growing on me. 082716 Another session working on Pool. Getting close. 082616 Spent some time trying to sex up Jacob's Ladder. I don't think that I succeeded. Also spent some time working on Pool and think I may have gotten closer to improving the chorus. There is that moment, at the height of deconstruction, that panic sets in and you wonder if you should try to refill the hole you just spent an hour digging. I kept digging. 082516 Added more vocal takes to nothingood and whisked it off to Thomas. 082416 Dave and I listened to mixes and decided that nothingood and Billy Corgan's Cadillac were ready to send to Thomas. We talked about how the swing part at the end of NowHere isn't working and he suggested getting some proper musicians together to record the bit and set the wheels in motion. How neato is that? According to Pandora, similar artists include: Angels & Airwaves 888 The Delta Riggs Brad Laner "To start things off, we'll play a song that exemplifies the musical style of Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias which features punk influences, mild rhythmic syncopation, mixed minor & major key tonality, a vocal-centric aesthetic and slide guitars." 082316 Did a few more vocal takes on Pool with the tube pre-amp. Also tried some alternate takes on the chorus. Still need to iron that out and a percussion bit that is annoying me. 082216 More vocal takes for Pool, Ordinary Guy and Billy Corgan. Added fresh acoustic guitars to Billy. 082116 Shannon added vocals to Three Bells. Thomas has the first 4 mixes ready to sign off on. Added loads of harmonies to Three Bells when I should have been adding loads of chords and verses. Or finishing the 6 remaining songs for the 2nd album. 082016 Added some slide guitar ideas to BIlly Corgan and created a demo session for Three Bells. 081816 With the keyboard and Pro Tools working in harmony I had yet another go at tightening up the end of NowHere. And here is what finally worked: Disable the Unknown device Power off computer Unplug computer Plug in computer Power on computer Correct device found One variable that may have been critical: I originally had a multi-USB port adapter in-between the keyboard and the USB port that I removed for troubleshooting purposes. Apparently Windows wanted to see the adapter??? 081716 A couple of days spent wrestling with what appears to be a common problem. Suddenly, after working for months, the M-Audio Keystation 88 Pro is no longer recognized. I either get the malfunctioned error or the device unknown error. I've dealt with this before but apparently did not document the solution. Schmer. 081316 Shannon added harmonies to parts of Ordinary Guy and Billy Corgan. 081116 Physical CDs are now available. Check out the Links page for retailer options. BTW, these are not CDRs or Pro CDRs. These are proper CDs produced at DiscMakers. 081016 Michael and Dave recorded harmonies for Billy Corgan's Cadillac and the bridge in Ordinary Guy. Someone complimented the backing vocal arrangements on juiceboxberries yesterday, and I realized that we haven't done a lot of band harmonies on the 2nd record. So, tonight... 080916 Submitted We Don't Do That and Falstaff to Pandora. 080816 More vocal takes for Ordinary Guy, Pool and Billy Corgan. 080716 More vocal takes for Pool and Billy Corgan. 080616 Thomas starting on Her Bows in earnest. 080516 Physical CDs sent to distributors. Took a picture of Dave recording bass for "Ordinary Guy" and realized that nearly every picture of him on the site is with the 76 Percision. This despite the fact that he shows up every week with an armful of bass options. 080416 Still waiting for that magic moment when someone other than a team member refers to our organization as JMLP. Michael Jackson taught us that sometimes you need to start your own fires. 080316 Juiceboxberries is now available in the US. 080216 Juiceboxberries is now available in Russia. Still re-working Pool. 080116 Ratdrangea. There is your band name, debut album title and opening track. 073016 Tore Pool a new one. Note to future self, if there are mutinous cries from your comrades you can revert to the version from 07/29/16. 072916 Talked for a bit tonight about what we should put on the 2nd album. Thomas is already working on Corky, Maryland Mansion, Juno Contacto, Cleo the Liar and Her Bows so that just leaves 5 songs. We decided to go with Jacob's Ladder (just need to comp bass) NowHere (EQ swing section) nothingood (all good!) Ordinary Guy (comp bass, sing a few more takes) Pool (try live drums and substitute guitars in middle of song with something else) That will leave Billy Corgan's Cadillac, You Should Be Dancing, Windy, Heron, Dingus and Minor Dingus as starter meals for the 3rd album. 072716 Dave tracked bass parts for Billy Corgan, You Should be Dancing and Ordinary Guy, formerly One Million Chickens. Got new mixes of Corky, Cleo the Liar, Juno Contacto and Maryland Mansion from Thomas. 072616 Digital Distribution process launched. Horrors. Loaded Billy Corgan's Cadillac into Pro Tools and it errors out. Apparently it was corrupted when the power went out yesterday. I had a day old backup but lost a few things. Fortunately I remember what they were and they are easily re-created. 072516 CDs ordered. Estimated delivery date is August 3rd. Got started on the digital distribution. Just waiting for the ISRC codes. 072316 Today is Upload the Album to be Printed Day. A little intimidating as my colleagues in Girl for Samson have always taken care of this stuff in the past. 072016 Hair is gone and artwork is done. The printers and digital distribution are the only thing standing between me and pennies a day. Michael and I worked on something we cooked up a couple of weeks ago and Billy Corgan's Cadillac for the 3rd album. 071916 Got the artwork revisions back from Carrie. I think we found a font for the title we like. Sent back a text mod and a request to remove an vintage, errant human hair that apparently was on the slide, narrowly avoiding a butcher cover controversy. 071516 E-mailed font revisions for cover art. 071416 Artwork in hand awaiting a handshake before calling it done. 071116 Added a few more vocal takes to Her Bows and got it packed up and ready to go to Thomas for mixing. Got a new version of the masters for Juiceboxberries from Paris to listen to. 071016 Sent Carrie the text for the back cover. 070916 Taking Cleo the Liar to Thomas for mixing. That's 4 of 10. 070816 I have mastered tracks to listen to! 070716 Track order for Juceboxberries sent to P. Little Something We Don't Do That Falstaff Sultan Eyes Industrial Debris Tambourine On 062916 Dave tracked bass parts for One Million Chickens. Paris sent the last mix of Tambourine so we are down to track listing, artwork and production. 062716 Have mixes of Corky and Maryland Mansion back from Thomas. Taking him Juno Contacto tomorrow. 061816 Listened to mixes with Michael. We were talking a little about the artwork when he abruptly decided that he liked the mouse cover more than the cake. 061716 Got the lastest mix of On and Tambourine from Paris. We are a sign-off and track order away from having this thing mastered and printed. 060916 Paris sent me a mix of On. He did amazing things. Gave Thomas Maryland Mansion to mix. Contacted someone about doing the artwork for Juiceboxberries. 060816 Played Michael the One Million Chickens demo. Patrick is starting on the last song (On) for Juiceboxberries. 060116 Dave tried some noodling bass parts on the fretless during the outro of Her Bows. 053116 Re-worked the outro to Pool. Gave it new guitars. Probably needs a new bass part. I've had a string of chords and a melody sloshing around in my head that I finally got down in demo form. Throw-away title of One Million Chickens as a temporary nod to the Cincinnati Zoo incident. 052816 Thomas is nearly done mixing Corky and Paris has just about finished mixing Tambourine. I want to make a video for We Don't Do That. I have a fistful of Canon DSLRs that shoot video but wonder if a dedicated video camera would be better. Trying to identify any human resources that I may have to assist in making this happen. 051816 Michael and I worked on the piano for the swing section of NowHere. Dave came by and had another go at bass parts for Her Bows and Maryland Mansion. Determined that those two songs are ready to go to Thomas. 051216 Working out some issues that are the result of recording with Pro Tools 12 and mixing with Pro Tools 11. 050316 Handed off On and Tambourne to Patrick and Corky Finds Something to Thomas. 050216 Finished prepping On and Tambourine for Patrick to mix. 042916 Changed the bass and drums in Tambourine. You just can't give me a song back to before it's done because I will dick with it and dick with it thoroughly. 042816 Replaced some vocal harmonies in Tambourine. Got the new laptop loaded up for Thomas to start mixing with. 042616 Listened to Jue Box Berries mixes with Dave, Michael and Shannon. 042516 Worked on the rough mix of Tambourine. Have most of the instruments sorted out. Just need to check the vocals and I can turned it over to Grand Master P. 042216 Sent Patrick some mods for Industrial Debris and Brought a Little Something Down. Played Thomas most of the songs from the 2nd album. Hope to start sending him tracks to mix by next weekend. 042016 Michael and I listend to Patrick's Juiceboxberries mixes and the bulk of the current album. Picked up some equipment that will get Thomas started mixing the 2nd album late next week. 041916 Patrick sent me mp3s of the 5 songs he mixed. Listening wtih Dave and Mike tomorrow night. 041216 Worked on the NowHere outro. Michael and I reviewed some things and worked on his 2 songs. 041116 Re-recorded some of the vocal, piano, drum and bass parts in On. Somehow we lost a bass track in the B section. Tried a few more vocal takes in Her Bows. 040616 Dave added a bass in the bridge of Cleo the Liar and in the bridge of NowHere. Michael showed me a new idea for a song. That now makes Michael to the Left of Me and Michael to the Right of Me. 040216 Rachel tracked vocals on Cleo the Liar, Jacob's Ladder and Maryland Mansion. 040116 So much to do so why not come up with another ditty? Cleo the Liar, born this day, 2016. Annoyed by a Pro Tools quirk that has kept me from mixing On and Tambourine. Let me tell you about it now. I have been recording this album at 48k but the two Juice Box Berries songs 44.1. This means that every time I load one of them Pro Tools has to be restarted, and then restarted again when I load one of the new songs. Did the Save Copy In option that Paris taught me to convert them to 48k and it seems to have worked without any glitches. 033116 Worked s'more on Jacob's Ladder. 033016 Renamed Fried Fruit to Jacob's Ladder. Replaced vocals with fresher versions. Had a listen to On and gave the tracks meaningful names. A little painful listening to everything dry. Poor Paris. Listened to some guitar solo ideas that John McConnell sent for the outro of Pool. 032816 Worked on Fried Fruit vocal parts. 032716 Picked up Steven Slate Drums. I'm learning that you can spend hundreds and thousands on home studio enhancements and nothing in the room changes. Rachel coming over to replace sampled vocal parts in Her Bows. 032616 I'm going to have a go at mixing On and Tambourine from the 1st album. Starting with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btj1GDXK0XI Worked on words and melody for Fried Fruit. Learned a couple of Pro Tools tricks from Patrick: I moved my session files from one computer to another and now have "missing files" errors that won't go away. P taught me to load the session, suffer through the errors, and then use the Copy function to save the session as a new project. The new project loads without errors. I run into timing issues when using too many Xpand2 loops and had been using bus routing to convert them to audio files. With Pro Tools 12 all I have to do is use the Commit option to convert them. Worked great. 032416 Sent Pool off to John McConnell for some guitarwork at the end. Played with some melodies in Fried Fruit (which desperately needs to be renamed) and laid out some bones for Michael to the Left of Me. 032316 Michael and Dave suggested some changes in Pool, which I implemented. Dave sang a harmony in Juno Impacto and recorded a scratch bass for Fried Fruit. 032116 Worked on Pool. Added drums and more vocal takes. Also re-cut vocals for Her Bows. I'm having a difficult time with that one. You can't sing the word f****d, especially at the height of a melody, without sounding like you are emphasizing it. Please see Currie, Justin's When Raymond Comes Around and the word c**t for more information. 032016 Pro Tools has been blowing up after I close a file and go to open a new project or even exit. The drag is that I have to reboot the computer. The normal system returns after the error but ProTools.exe is lodged in memory and can't be removed or re-run. This might be due to having to search for missing files on a few of the projects upon startup. It never finds them but everything is there. 031816 Still managed to get some things done. Took out a drum build in Dingus that didn't work and synched up the live drums with the percussion loop. Added tambourine to Juno Impacto and took the bass out of the intro of nothingood. Spent the most time on Pool. Added a guitar, organ, tambuorine and re-cut all of the vocals. Tweaked the tones and effects so that it sounds more like the demo. So, I made a list of things that need to be done for each song and a checklist for the day to force myself to see this though. Then I saw a squirrel sniffing around a hole in a tree that I knew contained a Starling nest. Are you saying that you wouldn't have grabbed a chair and your coffee and watched what happened next? You think I'm made of wood? Going to make at least one improvement on every song today. Hopefully that will keep me from making up something new instead. 031716 Worked a bit on converting Pool from an interlaced stereo WAV demo to a proper Pro Tools project file. That just means re-cutting all of the parts in the WAV file. That's easy enough. Getting all of the feels and tones right is not. 031616 Played the 'tunias Juno Imacto. Wrote out the 8 "completed" (Corky Finds Something, Windy, Her Bows, Maryland Mansion, NowHere, Juno Impacto, nothingood & Dingus) songs for Dave to ponder. Thinking of creating a sample using Structure Free in NowHere today, just to learn how to use it. I did. I replaced an annoying part in NowHere with samples of the intro and the "shake" in the verse. I like it. 031416 Re-sang main vocal and harmonies for Juno Impacto. Also re-cut piano. 031316 Had a run at the drums in Juno Impacto for the first time on the Mackie. Not bad. 031216 Annoying issue with Pro Tools 12 clipping note duration when quantizing MIDI tracks. Someone suggested going to Events and using the Remove Duplicate Notes before quantizing to fix the issue. And ta-da. 031116 The lord done bless me with another chile. World, meet and ignore "Juno Impacto". So much easier to write new songs than to finish existing songs. 030916 The Beatles made me want to play guitar. George Martin made me want to record it backwards. Got the Mackie mixer and the FireWire card. Didn't take long to get everybody talking to one another but now I have to learn what all of the stupid buttons do. 030516 Got off some decent vocal takes for Maryland Mansion. Bought a Mackie mixer and some good mixing headphones. 030416 Michael worked on Dingus again today. Dave came by later and listened to the 2 new songs. 030316 Michael came by a had a few runs at the piano on Dingus. 030216 Michael came by and had a listen to Maryland Mansion and Her Bows. 022716 Rachel and Kevin came over to record more vocals. 022616 Rachel came over and recorded backing parts on NowHere, Corky, Windy and nothingood. Was playing with some melodies and phrasing for the New Guitar Song demo and realized that the bits from Pool work perfectly. Just have to arrange it. Dear Jimmy or Johnny or whatever, How do I delete volume automation from a track in Pro Tools? Hi. How are you? You can delete the automation points by selecting a point and pressing Alt and Delete. Goodbye. 022516 Went through all of the songs on the new computer and corrected all of the "broken while moving" issues with the exception of the missing input errors. Worked on sequencing Maryland Mansion. Tried singing actual words to replace the knock-off bit and still can't best it. 022416 Second Rokit arrived so I unpacked the stands only to discover that the bases are too wide to fit in my old configuration. Additionally, the old stands were made of wood so they were sturdy enough for carpet. These wobble terribly so I'm going to have to find another solution. Until then, they sit on the floor. *sags* Spent a long time getting the new computer to play nicely with Pro Tools. It was handy having a working set-up on the old computer to compare settings. Finally whupped it. Got one of the KRK Rokit 8 monitors yesterday. The 2nd should wander in today so that I can return Dave's Yamaha HS8s. 022316 Replaced the M-Audio 49e with an M-Audio 88 key controller courtesy of Steven Brown. 022216 Got the Dell OptiPlex 3020. Everything works fine except that it doesn't see the Behringer. I initially had this issue with the original computer so hopefully futzing will address the problem. Added a scratch vocal with dummy words to Maryland Mansion and as usual I really like the performance and am not sure I can best it. There's something about those let-me-just-knock-off-this-vocal-idea-for- reference-later performances. 022116 Instead of finishing the 6 partially-completed songs I started a new ditty. Maryland Mansion for now since nobody gave me $10. 022016 Had a listen to a few of the unfinished Juiceboxberries mixes with Patrick. Pretty exciting. More studio upgrades to consider: Replace Behringer with a Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire Production Mixer. Replace M-Audio 49e with an M-Audio 61 key controller. Maryland Mansion. That's mine now and you can't use it. Unless you give me money. Like $10. Or $20. No, no, wait - don't go! $10 is cool. 021716 Michael had a few runs at the piano during the outro of Dingus. 021616 Starting to get intermittent stutters in playback that doesn't effect the recording. Might be a plug-in but I think it's time to start looking for a cheap computer to dedicate to Pro Tools. Thinking Dell OptiPlex 3020 Pentium G3240 3.10GHz 500GB HDD 8GB Ram Windows 7 Pro 64Bit. 021516 Played Michael a guitar/bass demo last week that I set up in Pro Tools today. This was another stereo demo in a WAV file from several years ago. For sketching purposes, I imported the WAV file into Pro Tools and hacked up the bits to create an outline. I thought of Paris everytime I heard a click where I didn't cross-fade. 021316 Met Michael at Joelle's World of Love Benefit Concert. Talked to Victoria about coming by and tracking some vocals. For Michael and Dave: Zeta One Theme by Johnny Hawksworthy (1969) Tried recording some drum tracks for Dingus. Will try again Monday. 021216 Went to war with Dingus - added a scratch bass part, piano track and did loads of editing. Should be in good enough shape to show the Lonesome Petunias on Wednesday. First order of business, make sure that the instruments are all grouped together and that the comments are useful in all of the songs. That little task unearthed a missing drum track so restoring that will be added to today's menu. 021116 Yesterday I came up with an intro for Dingus that I'm now considering giving life as its own song. That's they way this shit is supposed to work. 021016 Ate hamburgers for a pre-game meal. Dave (who shudders everytime he has to plug something into my cheapo Behringer mixer) learned and tracked bass partsfor nothingood. 020916 Kept after nothingood all day. Loads of editing, added more vocals, guitars and keyboards. I'm going to try to get Dingus this far tomorrow so that we have 5 nearly done pies. Nearly done pies are better than a sack of flour and an unopened can of dead fruit. 020816 More vocals and first wave of drums for nothingood. More outro vocals and drums for NowHere. More vocal tracks for Windy and Windy outro. 020616 Lord have mercy. First day recording with Pro Tools 12 and the Behringer. Curiuosly, I had all of the same problems that Bruce did today while working on NowHere. I also started to have CPU issues. Now that my audio tracks are not limited I went back to using a Bus for effects for the vocals to cut back on plug-ins. Finally manged to knock off a three mic drum take or two and tried some more guitar solos with the Strat instead of the Bronco. Dear Johnny or Jimmy or whatever, It's me again! I have 2 fresh problems: 1) I'm having trouble getting input and output from my Behringer XENYX 1204 interface. 2) I'm having dreadful latency issues! Bruce Dear Bruce, 1) Check your mixer to verify that the red "2-TR/USB to Main" button is UP and that the red "2-TR/USB" button is DOWN. Also, in Setup>Hardware make certian that you have disabled all of the inputs and outputs from the sound card unchecked. 2) Make sure that in Setup>Hardware you do not have the Hardware Buffer box checked. You can tweak the buffer size at the bottom of the window. I love you. Dear Johnny or Jimmy or whatever, I have a problem with Pro Tools 12. Suddenly the playback has stopped working for any of my session files. I can see the waveforms but the timeline doesn't move. Also, is there a shortcut for toggling the Edit and Mix windows? No name? That's not very friendly. Pro Tools wil balk at playing a session if it doesn't see the hardware configuration it was expecting. This could be because you unplugged an interface during the session without going into Hardware>Setup. Ctrl-+ will toggle the Mix and Edit windows. 020516 Loaded all of the Pro Tools 8 LE sessions into Pro Tools 12 and everything works, all the plug-ins are there etc. I think I am a USB expansion device away from being fully operational. Already eyeing the entry level versions of Melodyne - Essential or Assistant. Comped Michael and Dave's vocal parts from 2/3. 020416 Bought Pro Tools 12.4.0 Now instead of an MBox interface taking up a coveted USB slot I have an Ilok. It sees the Behringer, which is good. Will try some tracking tests tomorrow. 020316 Mike and Dave did Lonesome Petunia vocals on Windy, Corky and NowHere. Dave had another go at the bass on NowHere. Dear Johnny or Jimmy or whatever, I recently imported some WAV files into my Pro Tools 8 LE project and now the waveforms are just a flat line. I can hear the audio fine, I just can't see it. Is there anything I can do to increase the size of the waveform without effecting the volume or impacting the other waveforms in the project? Your fan. Dear Your, I get this question all the time. Just go to Audio Events>Other>Normalize. You're welcome and please don't send money. To the wrong address. 020116 Worked on NowHere all day. I have been wanting to re-employ some of the Casio SK1 samples somewhere in the song and finally started that adventure. Plopped them at the start (added 8 measures) and the end. Did several more takes of the guitar solos and re-sang the outro. 013116 Starting fresh on the Windy outro. It was originally built on a very awkward drum machine pattern which was critical for the feel of the song. I tried to replace it with a very warm live drum sound and it just doesn't work. 013016 Re-sang everything on NowHere. I think it's about done. I need to give Paris a few more takes of the guitar in the outro, get a good bass and drum track and this one is on the wall with Corky. Now I need to look at what needs to happen to call Windy soup. Go Google "call Windy soup". I'm going to. 012916 Had another try at some guitar licks during the outro of NowHere. Comped a bass track from Dave's scratch tracks from Wednesday. Sent an AIF to John to see if he can come up with anything to spice up the soup. Or sweeten it. 012716 Dave recorded bass parts for NowHere. 012616 Talked to Paris about where mixing JBB stood. He feels like he has 3 songs to finish up before he's done. He reassured me that he would be able to mix the next album. 012516 Re-cut vocals on Nowhwere and Corky. Did some carving on Windy, Dingus and nothingood. 012016 Have NowHere whittled into an actual song. Added a B section that needs a glossy bow. 011816 Worked on NowHere most of the day. I had a dazzling bit of lyrical inspiration but got distracted trying to bully it into the feel of the song. Fresh ears tomorrow. 011616 Fleshed out NowHere. Not as good as the demo but they never are. Issue: The Audio Device buffer underflowed! Solution: Load the Dither plugin in front of the SansAmp plugin. 011516 Steve Neal came by and recorded some harmonies on Windy and Corky. Discovered the 32 audio track limitation of Pro Tools 8 LE. Good news for Paris. 011316 Played Michael and Dave some demos. Dave recorded some nice bass takes for Corky Finds Something. Talked to Michael about using the cake picture for the album cover and he was OK with it. 011216 Adobe Illustrator loaded. Dave is coming over tomorrow to track bass on Windy and Corky. Steve coming over later in the week to add some vocals. 011116 Built scratch tracks (drum machine, guitar and vocals) for Dingus and nothingood. Tried a few acoustic guitar takes on Windy. 011016 Tracked a few more lead vocals in Windy. Also replaced the whistling bit in the start with a pad. Experimented with a drier vocal in Corky. 010816 Learned a fortunately not-painful lesson about splitting regions. I had been using B which makes a split through every track! Control E is correct tool. Bought Illustrator 10 for the PC, which is the same age as both of the dead/unreliable Macs. Speaking of dead/unreliable Macs, if the iMac holds up I'll probably use Garageband and the Behringer to record drums, since Pro Tools 8 limites me to the Mbox interface with its 2 channels. Speaking of the Mbox, I thought one of the XLR outputs was dead but discovered in the IO setup in Pro Tools that it only lets you select one of the two channels for input. Going to learn about sends today. 010716 It's step measuring day: 1) I was able to resurrect the iMac. Wiped the hard drive and loaded a fresh operating sytem on it. I still lost Adobe Illustrator for the album artwork but at least I now have a place to put it when I buy it. I can also use this to record drums with the Behringer since there is an issue with the Mbox interface. 2) Actually recorded some tracks with the Mbox and Pro Tools. Discovered that there is an issue between XLR Line 1 and Pro Tools but Line 2 works and both instrument ins work. 3) Learned about cloning and moving regions, changing the time signature, quantizing and other little goodies. 4) The MacBook Pro, which we used to record all of Juiceboxberries, is not long for this world. It's suffering from one of the most common ailments for these computers - the inverter power cable is breaking. The symptom is that the display works intermittently. You have to sort of tilt the screen until you find the sweet spot to get any output. Paris: "Recording music with computers is hard." 010616 I have a few demos that I want to generate click tracks for so I learned 3 different methods for determining the tempo of a song in Pro Tools. One method is Beat Detective. You highlight a region and use Beat Detective to analyze it. That is a conductor on operation. Another option is to line up the region in grid mode and use the up and down arrows to vary the temp until the grid at the bottom marks the start and end of a measure. In the 3rd procedure you disable the conductor and Keyboard Focus, highlight the current tempo, press play and tap the T key along with the beat. How do you disable or toggle off Keyboard Focus in Pro Tools 8? Ctrl Alt 1 will turn it off, pressing the AZ button will turn it on. R & T to zoom in and out. This is with Keyboard Focus off. Clicking Bars & Beats toggles the grid. 010416 Found some old Girl for Samson Sonar session files from Dingus that I should at least be able to use as a guide for its resurrection. Also found the audio tracks for the demo of NowHere which features a Casio SK-1. 010316 Loaded the Garageband session for Corky Finds Something into Pro Tools on the PC. Todd willing, I'll be starting the balance of the songs from scratch in PT from this point forward. 010116 Loaded the Garageband session for Windy into Pro Tools on the PC and it worked! Forgot to disable the effects so I will be repeating it. Padded Allen's drum tracks and the balance of the scratch tracks to import into Pro Tools. Pro Tools workstation du jour is a Windows 7 PC using Pro Tools 8 LE and the absolute minimum memory. Am toying with the idea of booting the iMac with a firewire drive and running Pro Tools 9 on it. 123115 Allen recorded drums on Windy and Corky Finds Something. We replaced the two SM57 overheads with a single Rode NT1-A. Shannon added some harmonies to Windy. 123015 Allen Johnston is back in town so I'm hastily recording some demos for him to drum on. Going to try to at least get the first two parts of Windy down. 121815 Talked a bit with Paris about how the mixing was going. He is happy with what he has finished but a little overwhelmed by what remains. One issue is that I gave him too many bass tracks to sort through. He is also spending a lot of time tweaking drums so I probably need to invest in something that will let me put the 4 mics on their own tracks. We are now looking at late January or even February before he is finished. This gives me time to either pick up a copy of Illustrator or find a graphic artist to do the CD artwork. 121715 It didn't occur to me until today that the iMac dying also means that I cannot finish the artwork for Juiceboxberries. 121615 iMac died. Gruesome question mark on a folder when the comptuer boots. This means I need to hunt down another one before we can start working on new songs in earnest. 121415 Mailed off Industrial Debris MIDI files. 121315 The Mac Pro sees the Behringer mixer so once I learn Pro Tools I can, with enthusiasm, abandon Garage Band. Having fun with the Pro Tools plug-ins. It is a blessing that this was not in my hands while the last album was still in progress because every song would have a Hammond organ and an ARP loop. 121115 Was able to figure out how to record a MIDI file in Pro Tools. Sent a test to Paris and all is good. Will record an earnest version of Industrial Debris this weekend. 120815 Loaded Pro Tools onto the Mac. My first test will be to create MIDI files for Industrial Debris. Next, I need to find out which mixer interfaces will work with this setup. 1206315 Prepping some one-part demos to take to our road game on Thursday. Introducing (all temporary titles) Shaking off the Sand, Daytime, NowHere and New Guitar Song. Also working on marrying the Cowboy Whistling Song with Windy. 120515 Still not settled on an album cover. I like the dead mouse. Michael and Dave like Faith in her pink bathing suit. The half-dozen people that I have shown the options to like the birthday cake. 120315 Got together and learned Dingus and nothingood. 113015 Finished Little Something and sent a reference file to Paris. Processed the files and have them ready to hand off tomorrow. I still need to marry the artwork and text with the template and procure a barcode. 112815 Whittled Little Something down to 65 tracks, which includes loads of extra takes. Re-cut some lead and backing vocals. I have a couple of more ideas for tracks for tomorrow and then I just need to sequence the song for Paris on Tuesday. 112715 Celebrated Black Friday by paying full price for a 2nd pair of Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones. 112617 "Do They Know It's My Birthday?" A fistful of chords and words and I've finally got the anthem I've waited so patiently for. 112515 Paris thinks he can have the album mixed and mastered by Christmas. "How can you suppose that anybody knows you're not a hussy anymore?" Christian is really starting to grow on me. 111815 Juiceboxberries is nearly out of our hands so we set up and played for a few hours tonight. 111615 Tried tracking some different grooves for Little Something. Also recorded some tick tocks and clicks. Will comp tomorrow and track a few more vocals. Handing off the other 3 songs tonight. 111515 Trying to figure out a way to record the next album in Pro Tools so that there are less post-tracking issues. I think the cheapest way to get off of Garageband while still using an old Mac (OS X Leopard: 10.5.8) is to get Pro Tools LE 8.0.5, which only requires an Avid interface (MBox 2 or 3 or Digi002 Rack/Digi003 Rack) as a dongle. This would be a $200ish investment. 111315 On, Tambourine and Falstaff are on a thumb drive waiting to be handed to Paris. Now to start listening to Brought a Little Something Down. 111215 Finished padding out the tracks in On. Decided to have a couple more cracks at the vocals. Talked to Paris about switching to Pro Tools for the 2nd album. 111115 I'm running out of time for creating MIDI piano parts for Industrial Debris. The link below points to an application and will convert the AIFF to a MID file: http://mybeatbuddy.com/forum/index.php?threads/getting-a-midi-output-from-garageband.1385/ 110915 Parts added and On reference file sent toParis. Going to re-record bass and guitars in Tambourine. I've also decreed that On is finished so will send a refence file to Paris and then start prepping it for mixing. Planning on submitting Tambourine and Falstaff tomorrow and On in about a week. 110615 Tambourine reference file mailed off even though I haven't finished prepping the tracks yet. I will get it done by Tuesday. 110515 I think I am going to retract my earier recommendation of swallowing a fistful of poorly chewed salted cashews before recording vocals. Ack. Decided to take another stab at the lead vocal in Tambourine. I recorded 12 takes after tracking some high harmonies. My voice started to give out after take 4 and by the end I was barely able to croak in key but kept recording. I think I like them. They sound a little different than my normal whelp. Going to do my whoopdangist to get Tambourine done by the weekend and to Paris for mixing on Tuesday. That will leave On and Brought a Little Something Down to finish. 110415 Had a nice hang out with Michael and Dave. We haven't gotten together in a month or longer. Agreed that when Juice Box Berries is done we will work up the 7 songs live, just to play together again. We worked through some business decisions. We settled on using CD jackets vs jewel cases. I showed some alternate covers that I had mocked up and I think everyone still likes the woman. I may try to offer a few more choices before we sign off. Michael had a listen to the French Horns in "On" and the new chorus in "Industrial Debris". For some reason our talking business turned into telling sad stories about our school days. Lonesome Petunias. Falstaff ready to go. Reference file sent to Paris. May add a few more hisses and sizles to Falstaff before sending it off. I also want to explore a way to extract MIDI files from Garage Band. 110315 Talked to Paris about my challenges getting him a MIDI piano file for Industrial Debris. I was secretly hoping that he would say "Well, don't you worry your pretty face, I'll find a way to use the piano tracks you gave me.", but he didn't. Not even close. Falstaff just needs a reference file and a notes file and it is ready to go. I will have one last listen tomorrow. Added a few more tick tocks to Falstaff before getting ready to prepare it for submission to Paris for mixing. At this point I always do a quick save to a thumbnail drive before saving the project under a new name so that I still have the full version preserved. During the backup to the thumb drive GarageBand started reporting errors which resulted in all of the tracks getting corrupted and deleted. Fortunately I had done a backup yesterday so repaired the disk, restored the project and re-cut the tick tocks. Now to try to get this ready to hand off tonight. I really dislike this part of the process. I just want to make up songs and track parts so its challenging to stay motivated during this part of the game. Having crud go so terribly wrong after I finally committed to getting something done is almost comical. 110215 The drums for Falstaff have been troubling me. There are a lot of percussive sounds happening in the song - tambourine, congas, maraccas etc. and the drums get in the way. Or, as I finally determined, the cymbals are getting in the way. Went to a snare, kick and toms only pattern (see Girl for Samson's "Meri") and it came out nicely. Recorded 3 takes. Spent too much time trying out soft multitrack recorders with MIDI capabilities. I just need something that's simple to use. I only need one digital audio track for reference and one for a MIDI piano. I also want to hear the MIDI track along with the digital audio track. I know that I've downloaded programs that claim to do this but can't get all required functions to work on my computer. Again, this is all because Garageband won't output a proper MIDI file. I think I may have better luck finding someone with a nicer piano and dragging the the MacBook and a couple of microphones over to record a few takes. 103015 Given the choice of comping drums and creating some album artwork mock-ups, I didn't comp drums. 102915 Tried some different drum patterns for Falstaff. Also diddled around in the vintage image collection for an alternative cover for Juiceboxberries. 102815 Watched game 2 of the World Series with Michael and Joelle. Talked a little about the artwork for the album, how I'm getting cold feet with the current mock-up and am thinking about some alternatives. Michael was supportive as always. Also debated the merits of jewel cases vs jackets and determined that we both tilt slightly towards jackets. 102215 Wandering south for a week. 102115 Expenses coming into focus: $250 for mastering $80 for digital distribution $280 for 100 CDs ------- $570 101715 Dave recorded some French Horn parts for the outro of On. We set up in a bathroom. The R0DE SM6 pointed at the bell and a SM57 in the tub pointed at the tile for reflection. 101515 Tried some low-fi DAW to see if I could knock this off. Tried Reaper and Anvil and was unimpressed. Tried the lite version of MultitrackStudio which works great but has bursts of noises in the MIDI files rendering it useless. Got Sonar loaded and after some fisticuffs I was able to get it to see the M-Audio device AND eventaully see a signal. It even records the signal. What it does not do is create sound. No MIDI sound during recording or playback. This is so fucky. This is like needing to climb to the top of a mountain where I will find a map that will lead me to a key that will unlock a safe back below that holds life-saving medicine, and not being able to find any shoes. BTW, carelessly typing the word MIDI can, on occasion, result in typing MOFO. 101315 Going to load Sonar on the PC and create MIDI files that way. Tried using the Edit/Add to Loop Library option. It created AIFF files in the User/ Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops/ Single Files directory. Supposedly the MIDI info is imbedded? I guess I'll try another application. I should change the name of this site to How to Record an Album Using a Wheezing MacBook and Comically Out- Dated Version of GarageBand. So, new challenge: Gargeband does not export MIDI files in any way that's easy or useful. Off to find time-sucking workarounds. After slaving away on the keys, Paris is requesting a MIDI performance because the piano is "out of tune and boxy". Back to the phones. Reference file for Industrial Debris sent to sweet Paris along with this sober note: "Bringing this tonight. It will be the stoutest test of our bond. I included multiple takes (you don't want to know how many tracks) of everything, especially my trembly (it's how you express vulnerability, asshole!) vocal. America won't get it but I feel like I can get away with writing a bad ballad because I have a history of writing bad non-ballads. Plus I used a masculine character instead of a female. Sorry the vocal is so loud in the reference file. I can assure you, that is not my dream." Cut a couple of pretty good piano tracks for the chorus of ID. 101215 Tracks padded, renamed, reference file created and notes file created. I may take one more stab at the loose piano part in the chorus tomorrow before handing it off to be mixed tomorrow night. Answer to problem below: paste a blank region in the gap and then join. Got close and hit a snag. Fun fact, if you put a split in a region and slip edit a space or cut out the space, re-connecting the two regions with join appears to resurrect the deleted data. Even if you don't want it to. 101115 Made myself keep grinding away at this song and finished padding all of the tracks. Just need to name the files, write mixing notes and make a reference .mp3 by Tuesday night. Got about half of ID padded for import into Pro Tools. As usual, none of the AIFF file names match the track OR region names. Would love to figure out a way to force Garageband to use either one of these options as the audio file name. During my work I unearthed the original demo bass part which works nicely with Dave's bass part during the C section. 100915 Made good progress this afternoon. Just need to join all of the regions & pad them so that they start in the correct spots when imported into Pro Tools. Also need to make sure the AIFF names are meaningful. Most likely a weekend project. Learning, again, that in Garageband, re-naming the track and/or the region does not impact the name of the AIFF file. At least not in any useful way. I think the lesson is to give the track an appropriate name right at the start. While finishing up ID this afternoon I want to conduct an experiment. I want to determine if the quantizing (letting the computer correct timing and tuning issues) results are actually written to the AIFF files or if it only occurs during playback. Logic suggests that the effected results are saved but I want to see for myself. This isn't critical, I just want to understand the process. I also decided that I should give Paris the original version of the chorus (or B section) along with the new version. It makes creating the Pro Tools-ready files a little more complicated but options are good in this scenario. I need to make a page with a list of things I've learned about Garageband. I want to run the disk utility on the MacBook soon and have already forgotten the process. Searching for it in this sad tangle of verbiage is daunting. 100815 Industrial Debris: I have all of the verse and chorus vocal tracks (sending 12-14 takes), drums and piano ready to go. Tomorrow I'll go through the backing vocals and bass parts. Only death (me or Echo) will prevent me from handing this off on Tuesday. 100715 Thank you Matt Simon for the phrase "Burdensome and unnecessarily sinister..." More takes of drums on bass for B section of Industrial Debris. I like where it's going. May take one more stab at the piano (sadly, NOT my weakest instrument) and then start calling tracks crap and candy. Note - I think that's the part I dread the most. I suspect I changed the feel of this section just to put off having to comp tracks! J'Accuse! 100615 Not much time to spend recording today. Tried several takes of fluffier bass parts during the B section in Industrial Debris. 100515 OK, I was possibly over-optimistic about getting Industrial Debris done by the weekend. Today I recorded some more vocal takes. I also tried some different synth bits during the "chorus" and cut some triplets on the piano and new drums to give that section a little more swing. We're coming up on 5 months since we created and started developing these 7 songs. If we can get them in the can in 2 months that will be a month per song. Take out some of the learning curve time and we should be able to churn them out even faster in the future. 100215 Recorded several good vocal takes of Industrial Debris. I had a good cry beforehand (did not make the vocal more vunerable) so Paris will be mixing out sniffs, snorts and sighs in-between parts. 100115 Figured out how to get the barcode for the artwork. Shooting for having Industrial Debris ready to submit for mixing by the weekend. 093015 Need to discuss production options tonight. Of course we'll use Disc Makers. We can get 100 CDs (jacket or jewel cases) for about $300 shipped. That number bumps to about $500 for 200 CDs. 200 vinyl records for $1,700. Once we decide I can start learning Adobe Illustrator in earnest. Cleaned all of the sf2 files off of the MacBook except for the Ensoniq files and ta-da, all four collections work. Want to have Michael and Dave sing Ringo-background vocals to the A section of On tonight. I'm thinking that the right wobbly chorus effect will make them sound like a mellotron. This is one of those times where some combination of sounds that already exist in the song suggested this idea. Like you can almost already hear it. 092915 Created some patterns to be used for loops in Brought a Little Something Down. Locked the tracks and then saved the project to see what I would end up with. Interleaved stereo files in a folder named Freeze Files. Next, I tried soloing one of the tracks and exporting it. Also an interleaved stereo AIF. 092815 Added a few more vocal takes to Industrial Debris and more B & C drum takes to On. Industrial Debris should be about ready to comp and clean up tracks for Paris. Falstaff and Brought a Little Something Down are just waiting on horns and Tambourine is waiting on mandolin. On, the first song created on the MacBook, is going to be a bit more complicated. It is actually 4 mini- songs recorded sequentially in one project. I think I'm going to break the song up into 4 projects to make cleaning up the tracks and importing them into Pro Tools more manageable. Summoned the courage to try loading the Ensoniq SF2 files on the MiniMac to see if I would have better luck. It instantly recognized and played banks from all 4 files. Elated, I loaded the mellotron SF2s and everything else I had on hand into the Library/Audio/Sounds/Banks/ folder so that I could finally explore some other sounds. Not only did they not work but now Garageband only intermittently recognizes the Ensoniq files. Baffled, I removed everything but the Ensoniq sound files and now they are working consistently again. I'll next need to consider how to get soft files to the MacBook by converting them to "real" files. It appears that there are 2 common methods: locking the track or soloing and exporting it. The issue with the solo method is that I think it will create an interleaved stereo AIFF. 092515 Added more vocal and drum takes on Industrial Debris. 092415 Got my hands on a MiniMac loaded with Adobe Illustrator C5. Now I begin the grim process of making imagination stay in the lines. 092315 Listened to everything to get a feel for what songs are finished and which still need parts. Decided that: Falstaff - done On - needs loads of love Tambourine - re-sing, add guitars and mandolin Brought a Little Something Down - needs horns Industrial Debris - Dave replaced a bass part and I'm re-cutting vocals Talked about buying Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, CorelDRAW or Adobe Photoshop so that we can do our own album covers. 092215 Handed off the first two songs to be mixed. 092115 Added a few more Ahhh and Verse Harmony takes to Sultan Eyes. 092015 Sultan Eyes is now ready to be mixed. Need to re-do one of the verse harmonies before handing everything over to Paris on Tuesday. 091915 I think I'm going to get Sultan Eyes padded and renamed this weekend so sent Paris a reference mp3. Sent Paris a refence file for We Don't Do That and started the process of padding with silence and creating meaningful file names for the 34 tracks. Had strangely intermittent luck clicking on a region and giving the audio file, not the track, a new name in the editor at the bottom of the screen. The padding process went well. I would copy a quiet second from a region in the track I was working on, paste it at 0, click on the track header to select multiple regions and then join. Yesterday I learned that Garageband keeps the original name of a track for the AIFF throughout the recording process. These file names are often not useful, espeically if you were cavalier and assumed that renaming them within Garageband later would actually change the name of the sound file. So, this weekend I'm going to experiment with making new tracks with names helpful to the mixer and copying the corresponding track data into the new tracks. 091815 Addendum to the issue with JOIN that I brought up yesterday. I had copied a bit of a track called Metronome, which was the output of an actual metronome, placed it at 0 and tried to JOIN it to drum track, guitar track etc. JOIN was grayed out in the menu so something was wrong. Today, I copied a bit of silence from one of the drum tracks and was able to JOIN it at 0 to both the drums and guitars. The regions that I am joining ARE on the same track but they are many measures away from one another. I thought that was the issue yesterday. Here's what I learned about how the files in the Garageband MEDIA folder are named. 1) A sound file maintains its first saved name. If you rename a track in Garageband later, the AIFF will still retain is original name. Choose wisely. 2) The # in the file name is the take number. ` 3) If you add another region to a track it will be named the same as the original file but with an incremented take number. Guitar#01, Guitar#02 etc. 4) If you JOIN two regions in a track the original tracks disappear and a new track is created with the original track name and the word "merged" - Guitar merged. Initially the take numbers are scratched. 091715 First, my idea for adding a second of silence to each track so that Garageband would write out a full track was good. It was very good. But it doesn't work. Garageband writes different recorded moments in a single track as multiple tracks. So, if I added the second of silence to a drum track Garageband creates a second of silence track and the drum track. It does not concatenate or combine the two tracks in the media folder. And you cannot use the JOIN optin to connect them because JOIN wants the files to be right next to one another. I would have to create a long take of silence and then paste it at the start of the track and slip edit it to the start of the take. Then I could JOIN them. Super fucky indeed. More testing tomorrow. 091615 Very good session. Dave added a sexier version of the bridge bass part in Sultan Eyes. Michael and Dave added chorus vocals. Dave and Michael both added a harmony to the "holed up 'till fall" line in On. Played with the Share option on Dave's computer and it didn't do what I needed. On the way home I had an epiphany while staring vacantly into the street lights - all I have to do is add a second of anything at the start of every track and it will pad the track with silence! Then I can just use the Garageband project files. Will experiment with this approach on the morrow. Freeze Folder experiment is a fail. While it DOES consolidate the tracks so that they all start at zero it still writes out the AIFF as interleaved stereo instead of mono. So, back to seeing what a later version of Garageband will offer. Must buy some new drumsticks today. Mine are so splintered that bits of wood are accumulating on the mixer and on Echo. One last thing to try before using a newer version of Garageband to export the files for Pro Tools. The link below claims that locking the tracks you want to export will put the consolidated (common starting point) files in a folder called Freeze. The downside is that you lose the file names. Will experiment with this this afternoon. 091515 Re-recorded guitars and bass in chous of Sultan Eyes. Also added more takes of the chorus drums and tried a different pattern for the new loose bridge. This is one of the starkest issues with digital recording other than the quality of the sound. I was spending loads of time trying to edit a drum measure that didn't feel right. It's a little tricky because I can only record 4 channels onto two tracks so I can't isolate individual drums and cymbals. After 15 minutes it occurred to me to just sit down and recut the part. I got it and got it good in a single take. It took about 5 minutes, including prep. Because Garageband 08 exports an interleaved stereo track vs mono I'll need to find another option for getting the tracks to Paris for mixing in Pro Tools. Decided to try importing into Dave's newer version of Garageband and testing some of the export options. 091415 Found a less Ramones-y approach for the chorus of Sultan Eyes. Well re-record bass and guitars tomorrow. Looks like the best option for consolidating the tracks so that they are all the same length is to disable all of the effects and plug-ins, zero all of the panning, and export the tracks one at a time. We Don't Do That has 51 tracks and probably 20 or more are unused takes so this is painful but doable. It will be interesting to see what it does to the file names. Learned a little about Garageband AIFF naming convention. If you have 10 tracks you'll find 20 AIFFs in your project folder (MEDIA). 10 will be the actual raw audio and 10 will start with a "." to denote is as some kind of information file or something. In Gargeband 08 the file names are truncated with a hash tag (#). I need to find a way to may all of the tracks start at 0 in the timeline. With a common starting point Paris will be able to easily line them up in Pro Tools. I don't know how to do this. Recorded additional takes of verse and chorus vocals for We Don't Do That. I was hoping the SAVE AS trick would clean up unused Garageband tracks but nope. I think there is an option for this in later versions. I haven't a later version and will have to outwit the machine. 091315 Gave all of the Garageband tracks in We Don't Do That meaningful names yesterday. Later, I looked at the Media folder and realized that Garageband, using some system that I don't understand, seemingly randomly truncates the names of the AIFF files. Some retain the full name and others are truncated beyond recognition. 091215 I learned today that when you delete tracks in Garageband they are only removed from the project interface. The individual AIFF files are not removed from the Media folder. Tomorrow I'm going to try to use SAVE AS to save the song as a different name to see if it drags along the extraneous files. Naming tracks so that they are useful to Paris. No fun. We Don't Do That = We Done Did That. Let Paris know that it was finished and asked him if he would like me to delete unused takes to ease the conversion process or leave them in for comping. 091115 To-do list for next 10 days: We Don't Do That think about vocal phrasing in chorus looser piano in outro? balance drum transition Falstaff clean up extraneous takes sign off on bass On take another stab at lead vocals in A-B replace synths with clarinet, cello etc. arrange end of B section Brought A Little Something Down another pass of drums? Tambourine take another stab at lead vocal work on B section Industrial Debris take another stab at lead vocal Sultan Eyes rethink 3rd passage of solo sexier rhythm in chorus? 091015 Comped bass parts from last night. There are some synth parts in On that I want to replace with a clarinet so I'm soaking a reed. Speaking of comping parts... 090915 Very productive session. Dave added a nice bass part for the solo section in Sultan Eyes. He also added better takes for the A & B parts in On and the outro of We Don't Do That. Kevin and Rachel popped by to hang out with Michael and Joelle. Jezebel recording mandolin parts for Tambourine. 090815 Talked to Paris a little about the mixing process. His plan is to import (a friendly sounding word for what will most likely be a brutal manual process) the files from Garageband to Pro Tools. I just thought of the line "the hounds of hoo-ha" so I pretty much own that now. 090715 Decided to put a 12 measure solo in the middle of Sultan Eyes. Not quite the the same process as yelling into a mic "Dear friends, let us add 12 measures here for a solo. 1, 2, 3, 4..." Ghosted out a feel I like with the Kent Americana and a noisey octave pedal. 090415 Chipped away at Sultan Eyes. Played the latest version for Michael. Ran out the clock eating cheap tacos, drinking Mojitos and watching a documentary on the Wrecking Crew. 090315 Added a sample of Sultan Eyes to the sounds section. Yes, I've dropped When the Lever Breaks (You Better Moot) as the title. It hurt AND it left a scar. Steve Neal dropped by and added harmonies/backing vocals to most of the songs. 090215 Joelle's birthday party. Spent a couple of hours adding a new bass part, guitar (Fender Bronco!), drum part and vocals to When the Lever Breaks (You Better Moot). I really need someone to boss me around. 090115 Decided to write something new today instead of working on the CD. Partially constructed a song with the working title When the Lever Breaks (You Better Moot). 083115 Goodbye, Meri. 082915 John sent me electric and acoustic slide guitar parts for Tambourine. Steve Neal coming on the 3rd to record some vocals. 082815 Thought of a title for the EP that I liked last night and played around with a mock up for the CD. Used slides_17_faithmodeling_faith_6.tif and copied the bottom border to create a fill so that the layout is square. "Johnny Marie & the Lonesone Petunias" using Free Style Script and #ACA0B9 as the font color. "juiceboxberries" using Rockwell Extra Bold with juice as #6D7659 box as #C8A5BF and berries as #FF016D Colors used for song title Rockwell fonts #C2A0B6, #E9E6E4, #A8AEAC, #9A5E4E & #DBCFC4 Michael approves so just waiting on feedback from Dave. 082715 Wasted more time trying to figure out the procedure for repairing a hard drive on a Mac. You have to do it from the startup disc but you can't just put in the startup CD and reboot. You have to hold down the C key during the boot process and then do the repair from the Utilities. Wasting time trying to manipulate banks of multiple Sound Fonts using an external MIDI controller. The M-Audio Keystation will recognize a few of the files. I fired up the Juno-106 and it only sees 0,0 of any of the banks. Is this a Garageband '08 issue? Is it because I am using MIDI cables that terminate in USB connectors? Is it a SF2 issue? A Roland or M-Audio issue? Am I being punished for trying to use samples? Maybe I should be. 082615 Lost chunks of the work I did yesterday with this seemingly innocuous error message "invalid regions changed". What actually happened is that one track was replaced with portions of another and 6 takes of vocal tracks were gone. I'm going to try saving this Garageband project as a different name (which it was due for since it's still using the working title) and see if that resolves the problem. Repeat to self "I'm not having to buy tape. I'm not having to buy tape." Update: So, doing the "Save As" to a different file name at least stops the error message from popping up. 082515 Made some lyric mods for the B section of On so recorded it again. Recorded two takes of drums for the B and C sections. 082415 Recorded a fistful of vocal takes on the A and B sections of On. You just don't know if something magic is giong to happen unless you hook up a mic and fire up the computer. Nothing magic happened. John still sending me guitar tracks for Tambourine and Industrial Debris while I send him confusing and conflicting suggestions. "Imagine an ant that has a heavy cast on two of his six legs, caught in a spider web made of pale blue cotton candy that is lightly animated every 5 seconds by one of those rotating fans on the lowest setting. I don't mean the lowest factory setting. I'm talking a modified lowest setting. That's what the last note should sound like." 082015 Finally added a demo sample of Industrial Debris to the site. Sent a full AIF file off to John McConnell to play with. Learned another little Garageband 08 trick: I was importing .WAV and .AIF files by dragging the files into a set-up track in the project. Wasted step. You can actually drag them into the blank gray space underneath the last track header and it will automatically create a track using the file name. Got some Spaghetti Western solo options from John last night. It took some wrangling (do you see what I did?) to import them but done and done. 081915 We just listened to the songs last night and talked about what to do next. Dave brought his chum Mike by and we had a nice time chatting with him. The evening ended in everybody having a go at the viola and cello for fun. Popped open Tambourine to do some last minute mixing with John's guitar part and got the gut-wrenching "track not found" error message. It couldn't find the Spaghetti Western bass track. I found it in backups. We're doing this with 2008 technology, folks. Those of you in the front row WILL get wet. Got 3 decent takes of drums down on Industrial Debris. Set up the piano with the Rode and a 57 and had a go. Recorded another lead vocal take. 081815 John sent me the .wav files for the cool crunchy guitars in the outro of Tambourine. How do you import .wav files into a Garageband project? You can't copy and paste them. You have to drag them to an available track. They are converted to AIF files when you save. Getting close on the drums for Industrial Debris. I realized that I'm rehearsing the song. That's why it's taking so long. Bought a fistful of 1/8 to 1/4 stereo jacks so I can avoid a repeat of the great Pioneer Headphone Disaster of 2015. Hazard of recording in your office: shelf is jostled and a foam ear plug tumbles down and upon the top of a printer where it finds the single entrance to the inside and tumbles in never to be found again. Added a blips from the BOSS DB-60 metronome to help me with the piano in Industrial Debris. 081715 John McConnell sending Tambourine tracks for feedback tonight. I was really determined to at least get drums down for Industrial Debris, and perhaps vocals today. Really struggling as I've never really drummed on a piano-based "ballad" before. Decided to listen to "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" because "piano-based ballad" + "drumming" = "Nigel Olsson". Run the figures yourself. You'll come up with the same answer. Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias website domain is now JohnnyMarie.com 081615 As we pile tracks upon the 6 songs for the EP, I am trying to be courteous to poor Paris who will have to paw through the chaos in order to build a pretty song during the mixing process. I am trying to use meaningful track titles and employing Garageband's little list of icons. (Note to P: I can't tell the difference between the little guitars and the little bass guitars.) I'm also putting a blank track at the bottom of every song titled "Archived Tracks" and shoving all extraneous takes below that so that all he is left with are the winning bits. I'm leaving the unused tracks in the song so that he can cull a bit here and there if neccessary. Highly likely. I misplaced (lost) a critical adaptor for the 2nd set of phones yesterday for Rachel's session and had to use a vintage pair of Pioneer SE-50 headphones. Later that evening I kept discovering little bits of black something or other in my hair and on my face. Yup, the insulation/foam from the Pioneers is deteriorating. True to my nature, I have a backup pair of SE-50s should I ever get in this situation again. #itceasestobehoardingifonediesandyouonlyhaveoneleft Did you notice that I no longer mention sound fonts and MIDI controllers? Day 8 of an uneasy truce. 081515 Rachel came over and recorded harmonies on most of the tracks. Posted a fresh version of Tambourine on the site. 081415 Sent Ala Fries (The Sinclaires, Intermission, The Catherines, Chemical Wedding, Boudoir) a mix of Falstaff in an .aif file so that she can track some parts. Ala and I used to play with Allen Johnston (This Jungle, Secret Society) who was here about a week ago recording drums. We also played with artist Jill Fetterman (Boxes of Love, BCR, Short-Term Memory) who died on the 12th of this month. Jill was a wonderful artist, great musician and a priceless friend. Scheduled Rachel Thompson to come over on Saturday and record some vocals. 081315 Comping parts from last night. Getting ready to e-mail an .aiff file of latest Tambourine mix to John McConnell for noodling consideration. He'll import it into something on the PC side, add parts and then just export the single track of his work for me to import back into Garageband. It's a not-awful time to be alive. 081215 Dave and Michael experimented with some ooos (sharing a mic, as always) during the Spaghetti Western section of Tambourine. Michael, Dave and Shannon added the jazz hands "What's it all about?" harmonies. Michael recording some keyboard tinkling at the end of On. Dave had a run at the bass part for Tambourine after a wonderful dinner courtesy of Joelle, Shannon & Michael. Added some cymbal builds to Tambourine. Also tried some gallops with a tambourine lying on a floor tom head. 081115 Worked on bass, drums, vocals and tambourine for Tambourine. Added some cymbal and rim shot bits. 081015 After John left I had a go at the lead vocals and drums on Tambourine John Bara came over and tracked conga parts for We Don't Do That, Falstaff, Brought A Little Something Down & Tambourine. Single SM57 six inches above and center. Pictures were taken. Going to try to finish vocals, drums and guitars for Tambourine & Falstaff today. 080915 If you see a story about a mall shooting, rape, serial killer basement/torture shenanigans, child molestation, porn or scandal involving bribery, the perpetrator is nearly always a male. Frequently a white male. I don't understand why males are allowed to drive cars and own guns, much less run for public office. #gunsdontkillpeopledudesdo 080815 Kevin loaned me an M-Audio Keystation 49e 49-key MIDI Controller to manipulate the SF2 banks with on the MAC. I am now able to successfully cycle through the presets in Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra but still not the ENSONIQ. Additionally, Garageband records the MIDI signal, but not the actual selected sound. This paragraph needs a cute one syllable summary like "Sigh." or "Poop." but I like surprise endings. 080715 OK, I put samples from some of the 6 demos on the Sounds page. I think that at this point, since the site contains a blog, pictures and music samples (known as "content") I will remove the "Proper website, sounds and debut EP coming soon." sign from the door. I think what's tripping me up on the SF2/Mac issue is using the soft keyboard (Apple K!) that comes with Garageband. Going to try a proper MIDI Controller this weekend and see if that changes the game. 080615 The 1204USB came so after set up I labored over getting a good drum part down for Falstaff. I got close but was really suffering from ear fatigue as the song is a bit shrill. Will remix tomorrow and have another run at it. Added a Sounds page to the website. No reason why I can't get up a few samples of what we're working on in the next day or so. (Begins new quest to convert AIFF files to MP3s. Hoping Audacity will do it. It's like I'm looking for reasons not to track parts. "Listen all y'all, it's a sabotage!") 080515 Didn't do the must-do. Spent all of my tracking time dicking with SF2 conversions. I can't get Garageband to see any of the ENSONIQ or Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra presets after splitting up the banks using Polyphone. It's actually not that important for the project but it is absurd and I hate being told what to do. Must-do for the day: add a sturdy blip on all of the tracks to usurp the timid click that comes with Garageband. Of course I could use a kick drum loop or something but over the years I have developed a Pavlovian response to the harsh bleep of the BOSS DB-60 metronome. 080415 Upgraded the Behringer Xenyx 1204 to a Behringer Xenyx 1204USB which comes with compression and of course a USB connection which will allow me to take the TASCAM interface out of the loop. Also bought a MIDI to USB cable so that I can at least use some of our dead synths as MIDI controllers. I discovered that Garageband won't recognize SF2 bank files that contain multiple sounds. It will play the first sound in the bank and that's it. I have some alternatives for breaking up the files manually using Polyphone but am hoping that a MIDI controller will recognize the full potential of the files. I have an ENSONIQ soundfont collection that has some potential to be entertaining. Dave's Yamaha monitors sound great. 080315 Allen Johnston stopped by and had a go at drums on We Don't Do That. He's such a lovely drummer. We toyed with playing a straight beat through the 1st half of the song and then going really loose at the 2nd guitar solo. Dave brought over some Yamaha HS80M monitors to get me off of doing rough mixes with headphones. He also brought a fresh box of VALOMILK Candy Cups! 080215 Juno 106 died yesterday so Michael dropped off the Roland D-20. And the D-20 promptly dies. Blog is up. You can almost smell the sawdust, hear the bearded lady playing the harmonica, and see the tent sagging over the frayed trampoline. 080115 Got a little closer to getting a good signal/good sound from the Ludwigs. Using a Shure 57 on the snare, two Shure 57s as overheads and a Shure PG52 on the kick. May add the Rode somewhere for a room signal. 073115 Lengthend the Spaghetti Western B part in Tambourine. Hoping Dave can deliver a trumpet solo. If not, it will be me adding whips and harmonicas. 073015 Introduced Tambourine. Listened to some of the other tracks to see where we stood. Decided that we love each other. Moment is documented by drunken cell phone photographer while we sway unsteadily just out of reach of the streelight's helpful glow. 072915 Had another go at the vocal for Bee Miner/We Don't Do That. 072815 Set up Johnny Marie & the Lonesome Petunias Facebook, Gmail and Twitter pages. Put down the guts of Tambourine. 072715 Got a little Behringer XENYX 1204 mixer for recording drums. 072315 Added bass and some backing vocals to Industrial Debris courtesy of Dave, Michael and Shannon. 072115 Paris said that he would mix the EP when we are finished tracking. He has a long history of polishing my turds. 072015 Played Michael Industrial Debris. Learned about using Apple-A and Apple-T to insert measures in a timeline in Garageband. 071915 Working on Where Did All the Cowboys Go?/Industrial Debris. 071715 Had another run at on vocals for Where did all of the cowboys go? 071515 Rode NT1-A came so tracked some parts to test it out. Ran Dave through the paces. Considering Johnny Marie and the Lonesome Petunias for our moniker after Dave mentions discovering "Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion Patch" while sorting through some old 78s. May have also agreed on an image for the EP cover. 071415 Worked on On guitar solo. 071315 Worked on We Don't Do That guitar solo with Les Paul. 071215 Worked on We Don't Do That guitar solo with an old Kent semi-hollow body guitar. 071015 Borrowed a friend's Rode to re-record primary vocal tracks on On and We Don't Do That. 070915 Worked on comping bass parts. 070815 Made up We Don't Do That. Dave recorded all of the bass parts for On AND a stand up bass part for We Don't Do That. He took the cello and viola home to tinker with. 070715 Thinking of Johnny Marie and the New Petunias for Petunia. 070615 Recorded some acoustic guitar and piano takes for The Wall. 070115 Added scratch drums to The Wall. Put finishing touches on On to show Dave and Michael tonight. 062715 Amp simulator pedal came so messed around with On some more. 062515 Comped vocals on The Wall and added some parts to On. 062415 Good Petunia session. Dave tried some bass parts on The Wall and then he and Michael sang some background vocals. 061715 Michael and Joelle co-hosted for an hour on KKFI today. 061615 Brought Extreme Isolation headphones home from the studio. Should help greatly with recording drum tracks. 061515 Worked on On. 061415 Worked on Am/On. 061315 Worked on comping Dave and Michael's vocals. Put down some parts for the Am/On piano bit. 061115 Michael and Dave did backing vocals/harmonies for Falstaff, Puff Adders and The Wall. They shared a mic for all 3 tunes. 060315 Worked on Falstaff. First Petunia session actually recording something. 060215 Worked on Falstaff. Michael bought a MacBook so that we can share files. 060115 Worked on Falstaff. Played it for Michael. 053115 Worked on Falstaff. This song was built on a bass part. 052815 Bought a Mackie ProFX12 mixer with Michael to interface with the Mac. 052015 Worked on Brought a Little Something Down. 051915 Put some more tracks on the Brought a Little Something Down. 051715 Worked on the scratch tracks for Brought a Little Something Down. 051615 Finished the rhythm scratch tracks for Brought a Little Something Down. 051515 Michael bought some good KRK Rokit monitors. 051415 One of our last live rehearsals before switching to recording-only mode. 050815 Worked on drums for Puff Adders. 050715 Recorded some passes on the drums with Puff Adder. 043015 Was able to figure out a way to load Dave's Puff Adders bass line on my Mac so we're good to go. Just copied the file from the project Media folder and imported it into Garageband. 042915 Dave gave me the bass line for Puff Adders. Have to upgrade Garageband before I can import it. Fail. 042615 Worked on Wall scratch vocal. 042315 Currently rehearsing Pool, Come on Out, Brought A Little Something Down/Talk, Wall, Puff Adders, Little Shootin' Elvis, Monkey Island and I'm Hiding A Slave. 041515 Petunia practice. 040915 Petunia practice. 040215 Petunia practice while Shannon and Joelle hang out. 032615 Petunia practice. Dave brought over a bass to play with Joelle. 032015 Bought a MacBook and a Tascam USB interface. The plan is for me to work up demos as a frame for new songs and then we'll replace all of the demo bits with permanent parts. 031915 Petunia practice. 031215 Petunia practice. Brought Come on Out and Brought a Little Something Down. 030515 First full session as a 3 piece. 022615 Personnel adjustments. Co-founder leaves. Now a 3 piece which means I move from drums to guitar. 021115 Moved gear to Joelle's. 020815 Drove over to meet Joelle and check out the space. All good. 012115 Need to move the troops to a new rehearsal/recording space. Michael mentioned going to Joelle's. 073014 Michael's first session. 043014 Dave's first session. 073109 First meeting with co-founder.

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