I’ve begun posting my own music here. The stuff that I am posting here, so far, is for free, as it is stuff I have recorded at home at no expense. I would be recording this stuff anyway, whether anyone ever heard it or not. I’m trying to treat the music I post on a regular basis as something different than my studio work. These recordings are not as spontaneous and as fleeting as a live show, but they are somewhere between that and the much more deliberate making of a proper record. I learn as I go, and I also hope to capture that moment when things are new and exciting, though maybe not always fully realized. Much like my writing here, where I attempt to create an outward looking journal, mistakes will slip through the gates on occasion. It’s more about capturing the now, than the definitive version of anything.
There are times I will go back and revise these recordings, if I discover a mistake I just can’t live with. When I write I have long stated that I won’t change what I’ve said. If I realize I was wrong, I will simply write something else to own up to it. But sometimes mistakes recording something are more like spelling errors. You can change something without the intent being lost. I already know some things I want to make better. But perfection is not only not the end game, but not even the direction. I’m simply trying to capture a moment, and will stop working on something when I feel like the emotion of the moment is properly communicated.
If you listen to something today and then a week from now, it might be a different mix or vocal take. Something may never change, or might even be deleted. I am simply trying to create a space where I can share my creative world with other people. I also like the idea of music being a living changing thing. Don’t get me wrong, I like having a definitive recording of something, where a place in time is captured that you can always return to. But there is no reason one can’t have both.
At some point I might remix things and release these songs as a budget compilation. But this would really be more of a way of trying to create an alternative revenue stream in the impossible world of the music business. That is not my reasoning in creating these things.
I believe artists should be paid fairly for their work. It’s their vocation. Art means a lot more to me, and many others, than other things that people make a great deal of money off of. I could survive without a car, but not without songs or books.
With these recordings I am inviting you into my house to look at sketches I am making for a future painting. Sometimes these might even be sketches that I know are ideas that will never be followed up on.
I also think in releasing some work this way, it can be a way to contextualize other things I’ve done, or to create music that is of the moment. I can record a cover song that will help to better define the things I am interested in. I can also put out more political music, that would be outdated by the time I got around to releasing a proper record.
Although I quite often wish we could go back in time and uninvent the internet, there are obviously interesting things that can be done with it, if you view it as a different medium with which to work in. So if you go to the following link you can hear music of the moment. Songs that come and go like a leaf on the wind. This is where they will be, for a little while…