Hello there! Got a few new things and a few new old things on my workbench for the rest of the year and into 2020 and wanted to share some updates about them with ya...
THE DARKEST OF SUMMERS
The Darkest Of Summers WILL be released sometime in early 2020...finally!!!
You may remember me first announcing this new album way back in the beginning of the year, for release aptly on the first day of Summer... well after months of losing a battle with my iMac, it was put on hold. Then it was put back on, a couple months ago.
I had actually uploaded my mixes to Soundcloud at the end of 2018/early 2019 for my friends to listen to, so not all my work was for naught. Most of the mixes were done anyway, some were not. So what you'll end up hearing on the final release was the stuff I had on deck at the end of last year.
Sadly, some of the mixes weren't actually done and I had a few more things to add to the recordings, but whatevs. In some ways this is good because it forced me to accept what it was and release the darn thing...because I actually had no choice. I could've and would've worked on the piece for another few months I'm sure.
The tracks have been sent to my pal Michael Zucker in Boulder,CO to master who always makes my poopy sounds, sound not so poopy.
Within the batch of tunes I managed to savage from my computer pooping the bed was a new CITIZEN 603 tune.
I've been pretty dormant with this side project as my interest in Synthwave and the whole 80's nostalgia thing had pretty much dried up. Kinda got it out of my system ya know?
So unlike the heavy concept, neo-futuristic story of my 2016 album, this new single is pretty straightforward.
No story, no sub-text - just a straight ahead, guitar-centric song inspired by 80's guitar gods such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.
The only caveat is that it takes place...IN SPAAAAAAACE!!!!
It's a bit of a different spin on that whole genre, but it still fits I think.
....and I'm gonna make a music video for the single...it's gonna be fun.
I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU...STILL!!
....and if you happened to miss it the first 5 times I talked about it, I released a music video for my latest hit single "I'm So Happy For You"...a song all about how I hate social media...but if you're reading this, then that's probably how you found this post.
The video was shot entirely on my iPhone in my basement, it was the best I could do with no budget and even less time.
With the assistance of my kids, I thought it turned out alright but still had to go overboard with the production (like I always do).
I promise my next few videos will be more simplistic.
Well, that's all I got for now.
Talk to you soon!
G E O F F B A R O N E
PS - If you've enjoyed all I've been working on and would like to aid me in my quest financially...there are a few ways to do that.
Either way, if you've made it this far down, then I would like to thank you regardless...I love you.
In my last blog I described the tune musically as if “Frank Zappa wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody” while wearing a flannel shirt while listening to Grunge in the 90’s”.
After sitting on the “digital” shelf for a few years, the song slowly made it way back into my peripheral in early 2019.
Forgive me Father, for it's many months since I've last blogged...
Anyway, on Friday, September 13th I released a new song called “I’m So Happy For You!”
It’s one of those songs that has been sitting on the shelf for quite awhile. Lingering around for least 4 years now as I couldn’t find the right melodies or lyrical content that seemed to jive with what I had done.
Happy New Year everyone! As I reflect on the last 12 months, 2018 was a half way decent year. I managed to release Acquiescence, and in the interim got alot of work done on a couple other secret projects, some new Citizen 603 tunes as well as working dillegently on "The Darkest Of Summers", which is shaping up very nicely and will be out this year. (I have a release date, I'm just not gonna tell you right now)
Alas, the other half of the year was not-so-decent....
If you know me, you know I’m a recovering prog-head. As much as I try to deny it, DT is part of my DNA and my musical make up unfortunately....
Among my love for progressive rock, one of my other favorite genre’s is musical theatre.
As you may you know already, when I was in my early teens I reluctantly went to see The Phantom Of The Opera on a chorus trip in Toronto...thus began my obsession with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and musical theatre in general
Here’s me covering “Stranger Than You Dreamt It” from POTO. It’s a bit of a deeper cut from the show, but by far, my most favorite song from the musical.
I dare not cover the title track or a song such as “Music Of The Night”. That’s like doing “Stairway to Heaven” or Freebird IMO
Tuesday, October 30th marks the 6 year birthday of my concept album CONVERSATION PIECES.
Well whilst cleaning out the cobwebs of my old hard drive I happened upon a commentary I did back in June of 2012.
THE LOST CONVERSATION PIECES ALBUM COMMENTARY
I had intended to include this recording with the albums bonus items on Bandcamp, alas it was forgotten about and forever lost in the digital void of my hard drive.
In this commentary, I dig deep into the albums plot, lyrical details and talk about all of the amazing musicians that helped me out on this project.
I hope you enjoy!
Helloooo! Just wanted to give you a few updates on what’s been happening here in my musical world.
Since the release of Acquiescence back in April, I’ve slowed down on my studio/recording work. Towards the end of that production, I definitely started to feel the burnout set in. I tried jumping straight away into another album I had on deck, but it just wasn’t working.
Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of a computer screen for another summer, but every so often I would make some progress on this new album....
If you’re familiar with the type of music I create, then you may have noticed a trend of artists and music that are on the heavier more progressive side of music.
Well, believe it or not, the top 5 artists that I consider instrumental to kick starting my music career or had a dramatic effect on the way I write, are not who you think they would be….well that’s not entirely true, but there are a couple artists that you may look at and say “Really Geoff? I thought you were all about shred and prog and crazy music”…no. It didn’t always start out that way.
We’re going to go chronologically down the list. Which was kind of hard to narrow down to just 5, as there are at least 20 more – but these would have to be the most polarizing artists or albums that changed me as an artist or moved me emotionally....
Recently I lugged my trusty ol' Korg TR88 keyboard back into the studio. I had forgotten how great these patches sounded and had also forgotten what it was like to not use samples or rely on midi. I pressed record and this is what came out when I started playing this keyboard again.
"Sinus" reminded me of a Mats/Morgan Band song by the same name, so it was apt to name it just the same. There's some hints of Zappa, Genesis and some Muse sprinkled in.
If anyone know what time signature the middle/solo section is, I'm all ears.
Anyway, click here to listen to this new tune. If you like what you hear, download it for free or name your price.