3 Song Mini Concert on My Patio

Did this today out on my back patio featuring three songs: “Your Love Chases After Me,” by Mindy Smith, “Another Bad Night’s Sleep” by The Silver Seas, and “Kuzbass” by Josh Rouse. I used the new iPad video Camera and I used the FiRe field recording app on my iPhone for vocals and on my iPad 1 for the guitar. Then I brought those wave files into Logic for some mixing and used iMovie on the iMac to edit and add titles as well as the Logic mixed audio track. I think it sounds and looks good!

My First New iPad 1080p Video

Well, except I cut my head off, but I guess you can see the guitar clearly! If you have enough bandwidth you can select the HD option for viewing, although Youtube apparently just supports 720p? I thought it went up to 1080p. Did I really shot this in 1080 or is that something you have to select on the new iPad? I’m performing “Kuzbass” by Josh Rouse. I guess I should print the lyrics because I couldn’t find them anywhere on the internet.

 

Kuzbass – Josh Rouse – Lyrics

I got so tired
didn’t have the heart to say
Woke up side my skin and
Couldn’t find the cap to slap back in
Couldn’t see past
Pretending that I’m ok
Cuz I got so tired

I could walk a thousand miles
Never see your soul and aim for north
I could walk a thousand miles
All that remains is on that track
Like the cold
Cold from the Kuzbass…

I’ve killed memories of people we know
Got a lot of things I
Things I would like to show
But I know that it’s wrong and
Cuz things seem very cold
Out here where it’s older

I could walk a thousand miles
Never see your soul and aim for north
I could walk a thousand miles
Disappear into the black
I could walk a thousand miles
Never see a soul and aim for north
I could walk a thousand miles
All that remains is on that track
Like the cold
Cold from the Kuzbass…
Cold from the Kuzbass…

New Song Demo: “South By West”

This is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. Actually it just came to me in a flash as I was struggling with a Christmas Song cover (“God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen”) It almost came kind of as a subconscious relief to my conscious suffering with the other song. So maybe that’s one secret to creativity: You work on something that may be a little difficult, a little structured, and as you’re going along, in a flash the “lyrical” part of your mind comes to the rescue with something original and fun. Kind of as a relief or a reflex.

New Song: “Keeping By the Only Way”

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Iphone/Ipad/Download Link

When Google Music was announced last Wednesday, and they introduced they’re new “Artist Hub,” it motivated me so much that I did this song in one day, thinking I would upload it to the store the next day. I still haven’t done that because I keep wanting to re-mix and master it. Or maybe send it along with another song which would be a “B” side to a professional Mastering Engineer. Hope you like it.

 

A New Original Song “Silent Serenade”

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Direct Link: iPhone/iPad Download

“Silent Serenade”

Lyrics and Music Stephen Pickering – Creative Commons 2011

All is calm
I can’t go on
Leaving love behind
In the still summer night

There’s a pain over there
That the rain won’t spare
And a piece of the sky
That my heart wants to climb

Chorus:

It’s been a while
It’s been a long one
Since we’ve been apart

I could’ve sworn the pieces had fallen
Leaving motionless the stars

But I know there’ll come a day
for our silent serenade.

Here comes May
The Sun after the rain
We swim through flowers all day
And found a bower to lay

You’ve got your call
Feels as cold as rain in the fall
Where’s the peace of the night
Where our love used to hide?

There’s a thief who stole
All the diamonds and gold
Where the soul used to hide
When I had you by my side

Chorus 2:

It’s been a while
It’s been a long one
Since you’ve been a apart
They could’ve made up the same lines
A little closer to the heart
I would’ve shown what I made
In this silent serenade.

Creative Commons 2011 – Stephen Pickering