Julve Sings Again

JulveThis is a lovely little instrumental. Jan Antonie Baars from the Netherlands is on guitar and I am playing the bass part. We met online while I was living in Thailand through our MySpace musician pages. We were e-mailing back and forth with chord ideas for a song and were taking our sweet time about it over a couple months while getting to know each other more than anything else. Meanwhile I was listening to his music and he was listening to mine.

(The Telesforo Julve pictured on the left is likely the same model the song was named after and performed on.)

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Leave Me

Rifle01I’m really slow writing my blog today so I’m just going to post an “old” original song. My friend Jan Antonie Baars wrote this song a few years ago and he e-mailed it to me so I could give it a listen. My response was to add low strings for moody depth and also a classical-style piano track. This is his song about the Columbine school shootings, I just hopped on for the ride. We consider it co-owned and I post it here for your enjoyment. You can click to listen to “Leave Me” over in the right hand column. I think this is our best collaboration.

Stupid Is . . .

The original song I’m writing about, Stupid Is, is playable in the top music player in the right-hand column. If you are reading this at a later date it it will be findable in one of those music players.

About five years ago while living in Thailand I e-mailed my friend Rich Rea in Garden City, Michigan, USA, and asked if he’d like to write and produce a song together. I told him if he would like to that anything recorded had to be done to a known strict time so that things like a drum machine or other computer-driven non-human-performed music or loops could be easily added as the need arose. To my surprise he responded a few days later with two files attached to an e-mail, one was a vocal track and the other rhythm guitar. When I dragged and dropped them into my DAW (digital audio workstation (Logic Studio)) there was a complete song for me to mess with. It originally had a tragic folk-song kind of feel even though his rhythm guitar was electric.

One by one I added a base line, drums, organ, banjo, piano, strings, synthesizer, an intentional initial mistake and curse, but there was something still missing. It needed a lead guitar solo and no matter how I tried I just couldn’t fake it effectively on my keyboard or computer. So I had to contact my friend and music writing partner Jan Baars in the Netherlands.

You got this? I’m in Thailand, the singer / song writer is in the USA, and now we’re adding lead guitar from the Netherlands. What a world we live in today!

Jan did many attempts on that guitar solo but as is so often the case we kept his very first one that he did off the cuff. In the middle echoey section I had a string pad with echoed synthesizer over it which leads into the big guitar solo. Jan convinced me to slowly fade out the strings and fade in tremulous distorted guitar chords which would more effectively lead into the hard driving guitar solo. Done. He also made a new solo for the fade out at the end.

This was all done by e-mail.

The band:

Richard Rea:  song writer, vocals, rhythm guitar

Jan Antonie Baars:  lead guitar

Jim Gramze:  everything else and final mix down

I hope you enjoy this one. There will be more to come as time goes by but this one has the most international participation and the most mainstream appeal.

I am open to doing a new collaborative project.  Any takers?