SEEKINGBand to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Flute, Other, Mandolin.
I wouldn't mind jamming, just for fun, on some classic rock, Floyd, Zeppelin, Sabbath, BOC, etc. Cell 228-383-5992 (prefer text for first contact, or leave voice-mail message if no answer). I'm also on SoundCloud and Kompoz, under the same name, and can be messaged there.
My main interest lately, though, is in songwriting/collaboration; in these days of the Internet (not to mention Covid), the distance that we have or should keep should be no bar to the endless possibilities of musicians everywhere acting as a responsive community. So what I'm really looking for is musicians of all ages/talents/genres to work with in writing original music, mine if you think you have something to add, yours it you think I might. Of the songs I have here, only "Solace" and "Presque Vu" have been professionally mixed/mastered- the rest are my amateur-level mixes. All guitars are mine except for the leads on "Solace" and "Presque Vu." (I consider myself a competent rhythm guitarist, but not much on lead outside of simple melodic bits like those on "Gunslinger" and "Small Hours," or sloppy, aimless crap as on "Down There") See each song's notes for individual musician credits.
Some examples of what I'd like to hear for my music- the second "chorus" of Gunslinger (beginning at 2:18) has a Morricone-esque female vocal that is actually a synth; it was a brilliant idea by the keyboard player who contributed it at Kompoz, but I'd love to have an actual female vocal there, maybe something along the lines of Floyd's "The Great Gig In The Sky." Also need bass lines for Small Hours/Dream Coda and Fiat Lux; maybe a keyboard (Hammond?) for Mrs Grales; a harmony female vocal for By Cottingley Beck; violin/cello/flute parts for anywhere they might fit- pretty much all ideas would be considered, including for lead guitars by real lead guitarists.
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- Cry Uncle
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- Feb 24 2012
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- 6-7 nights a week
David Gilmour (definitely my #1), Mark Knopfler, Steve Morse, Buck Dharma, Robin Trower, Alex Lifeson, Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson; also Stephen King, some older science fiction, and history for song concepts. (I'm a bit of a bookwormy geek)
(In the interest of full disclosure, because it seems important to some people, I should say that I have no religion, and no interest in any. This is not to say that I'm anti-religion- I will not make anybody's spiritual business my own so long as the same courtesy is returned to me)
Lately I've been getting into more basic blues stuff, Warren Haynes and big time into Joe Bonamassa, though I'll never be able to play like those guys. (See also "David Gerald" in Michigan, on my Music List, and his video version of "I'll Play The Blues For You" for the sort of thing I mean. He does a nifty little run at around 4:18 that really brought out the "hellYEAH!" from me)
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III, Epiphone SG Prophecy, 80's Fender Strat, Ibanez RG something-or-other, and a cheap Jay Turser Les Paul copy (used for alternate tunings- e.g., Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" and my "Dream Coda"); Boss GT-10, Line 6 HX Stomp (which I mix in tandem stereo with the GT10 to thicken the sound, esp. for clean sounds). Odds and ends effects (including Rocktron Banshee talkbox). 20W Raven practice amp + 40W Fender Champ= 60 watts sort-of stereo. Running Reaper and CakeWalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3 on a new laptop my wife just bought for me. Kind of equipment poor for live sound, but ok for basic recording purposes.
Solace Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
A Kompoz collaboration that's just about done. My guitar composition, rhythm guitars, arrangement, and initial mix; the incomparable Kim Noble with her lyrics and vocal melody; bass by "stnbrgrbass"; piano by "kaysirrah"; "dwfreak" on drums; lead guitar solos by "Graiouf." Final mix/master by Tony McFarland (fantastic job, Tony, thanks so much).
Gunslinger Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." This tune just sounded like "western theme" as it came out, so...5/19/19, added bass line contributed by Kompoz collaborator "mattbwatts"; 9/15/19, added keys by "Dominkus" from Kompoz (his keyboard part includes that Morricone-like "female vocal" in the second chorus). Re-mixed 10/16, getting where I want it to be.
The Clearing At The End Of The Path
The Clearing At The End Of The Path Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
A companion piece to "Gunslinger." My composition and guitars; bass line by "stnbrgrbass" at Kompoz (makes the song, IMO, the sort of countermelody John Paul Jones might have come up with); flute by "Jooiing," also at Kompoz. (Drums/percussion are clips pasted together) Still kind of rough, plenty of room for improvement.
Mrs Grales (Chance Of A Ghost)
Mrs Grales (Chance Of A Ghost) Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
"Mrs Grales" from the classic SF novel "A Canticle For Liebowitz." My song concept, guitars, arrangement, and mix. Vocals, vocal melody and (IMO brilliant) lyrics by Kim Noble. Standout bass line by "stnbrgrbass." Drums/percussion are clips.
Cry Uncle! Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
Really just kind of an exercise in rhythm guitar- how many guitars can you layer before the shape of the song is lost?. All drums/percussion are clips. (For a live performance, that drum/percussion break halfway through would be extended) Bass line by "engels" at Kompoz.
Presque Vu Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
A Kompoz collaboration begun in Oct 2018, almost halfway through the Trump years, or what history will one day refer to as "WTF, America?" My title/concept/overall instrumental composition and arrangement, rhythm guitars, and initial guide mix; "Wire-and-Wood" on vocals, his melody and lyrics; piano by "Labodaz" (intro is his composition); bass by "p-bass-player": perfect-for-the-song lead guitar by "JB2012"; drums and final mix/master by "pseudoambient." Title is a reference to (from Wikipedia)- "French, meaning 'almost seen'... the intense feeling of being on the very brink of a powerful epiphany, insight, or revelation, without actually achieving the revelation. The feeling is often therefore associated with a frustrating, tantalizing sense of incompleteness or near-completeness"- the way I feel about politics in America today. (Update- 11/7/20- feeling much better now)
Small Hours/Dream Coda
Small Hours/Dream Coda Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Other
...drifting off to sleep in the small hours of the morning; then a distinct but incomprehensible voice leads you into a dream that becomes a bit more frantic, begins to fragment, one you don't want to leave as sleep wears off; then the climax of sleep and dreams, the wakening- first disoriented, then gradually, like a radio being tuned, finding the focus you will need to face the big hours of the day. Is the dream over only because you've awakened? Or have you only awakened because the dream is over? This is really (and pretty obviously) two tunes I've clumsily stitched into one, but I think it works ok, with room for improvement.
Fiat Lux (WYSIWYG)
Fiat Lux (WYSIWYG) Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Other
"Let there be light"- I'm not a religious person by any means (WYSIWYG), but I do like the imagery of the phrase; "Fiat Lux" from the second section of the novel "A Canticle For Liebowitz." Another one where I cobbled together a couple of ideas into one song, with what hopefully isn't too jarring a transition. Open for ideas...
By Cottingley Beck
By Cottingley Beck Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
Another Kompoz collaboration; some rough edges to be worked off, but there's enough there to get the idea. My title/concept, overall instrumental composition, guitars, and initial mix; "LindenCircle" singing his lyrics/vocal melody; bass line by "bassman78fr." 12/31/20- added piano by "Mapleman" from Kompoz. As of 1/2/21, all drums/percussion are pasted-together clips. Looking forward to maybe adding some harmony vocals (especially female), etc. (See Wikipedia article on the "Cottingley Fairies" for the story behind the title as metaphor)
Down There Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Classic Rock
Not a nice place to visit, and you damn sure don't want to live there- Down There is just a dark and sneering place, about as far from the innocence of Cottingley Beck as you can get, no real solace to be had here. The title is an idea derived (very loosely) from Stephen King's "Hearts In Atlantis." Bass guitar by "stnbrgrbass" at Kompoz.
Solace Reprise (Unplugged)
Solace Reprise (Unplugged) Album: Fiat Lux Genre: Acoustic
Not really "unplugged" per se, but a version stripped down to just Kim's vocals (with her original, more straightforward arrangement of them) and my guitars, glitchy bits and all.