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Here's a little instrumental ditty, improvised by yours truly and my talented friend Rick Bennett. You may know Rick as the prolific singer-songwriter and bass player from the punky power pop trio, Frankenpony. If not, check them out, they have a fun new record out, and we'll talk more on that later...
Back to Electric Tuba, this piece is a part of our "Improvised Song Project." Ok, now the project has a name.
My good friend Edwin and I have been doing this for years. So there is
a huge backlog of material. Basically, the idea is to get two or three guys in a room (the basement studio) and make stuff up and catch it all on tape. Yes, sometimes we still use "tape." This one was done on an 8-track ADAT, hence the use of tape. See this way, we don't have to booger around with laptops crashing and hard drives filling up. And it gives us joy, and that's why we do this.
Anyway, we then make a quick mix of our favorite tracks from the evening, which usually amounts to 40 minutes worth of music to choose from (because the tapes go for 40 minutes). Occasionally, small doses of beer may or may not be involved in this activity. Then in the days that follow, we play these mixes of our improvised songs in our cars and laugh our butts off.
Sometimes we get ideas for melodies and words, and then we record those over the top, and giggle some more. Sometimes you can hear our audible giggles on tape, because we like to laugh while we record. Is that wrong?
Well, we'll start this series off with Electric Tuba. Rick is playing bass through my little Fender Blues Jr. guitar amp, and that's me on my favorite instrument, the drumset. In case you were wondering, no tubas were harmed during the recording of this song. We just made it up on the spot, without discussion. Maybe that will become quite apparent...or maybe not. It's just playing and listening, and pure fun. This little piece cracks me up, so I hope you enjoy it too.
There is much more to come, and they are all very different, so stay tuned kids.