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“How Does It Know?” PREORDERS!

Hey everyone! Finally the day has arrived… No, not the day when the record is actually physically available, but the next best thing — you can now preorder How Does It Know? from Lower Peninsula Records (scroll the bottom and look for the tiny robot!), and receive it in the mail when it comes out! We here at Part Time Songs, as well as those at Lower Peninsula Records would very much like it if you did that, in fact.

To help entice you, here’s a song from that very album…Download and listen at once!


     Making Predictions (MP3, 4.4 MB)

[PTS016 - EP] Three from February

Three from February

This was my ill-fated attempt at completing the RPM Challenge. A few people told me they liked Southern Pain.


     ZIP file of all songs (ZIP, 12 MB)
     01 In the Cellar (MP3, 3.6 MB)
     02 Southern Pain (MP3, 4.0 MB)
     03 Untitled #1 (MP3, 5.3 MB)

[PTS015 - SONG] I Want Christmas All Year Long (Not Six Months Only)

Here’s the song I did for the SubSprawl Holiday Comp. I already talked about the song here, so just enjoy! (Special thanks to Dan, Billy and my wife for their contributions of drums, bass and sleigh bell, respectively.)


     I Want Christmas All Year Long (Not Six Months Only) (MP3, 6.2 MB)

Suburban Sprawl Holiday Compilation contribution

Last night I finished my contribution to the Suburban Sprawl Holiday Compilation for 2009, which should be out in a week or so, I’m told.

The recording started off pretty strong, as we laid down drums and bass on the same day, and it was sounding pretty nice. Then I discovered the snare drum was clipping when I got home. Not having the time (or desire) to reorganize the recording session, I “solved” the issue by snipping out the bits of the snare wave that were clipping. They were tiny tiny amounts, and it’s almost imperceptible that I did anything. Sort of saved the track too.

Overall, I think it’s a solid tune, but my recording and mixing could’ve been better. At my current sound engineering skill level, I’d probably have needed to start re-recording stuff in order to get the sound I had in my head, but at a certain point I figured, hey, it’s a Christmas song for fun… why should I stress over every last detail? So I called it “done” at around 8pm last night.

It was a fun project, though it was somewhat difficult to come up with something appropriately holiday themed. The song ended up being called “I Want Christmas All Year Long (Not Six Months Only)”, and is sort of a sarcastic statement about wanting Christmas to start earlier in the year than it already does. Check it out at the Suburban Sprawl Holiday Compilation website next week!

Mission accomplished?

On Sunday, I was in Lansing finishing up vocals and other embellishments on the EP I’ve been working on since 12/29/07 (and actually, earlier than that, because I had to write the songs and practice with the drummer before our first real recording session on that day).

At this point, it is sounding like I’m done with recording all the parts! Now (well, in a couple weeks, when John gets his new faster better computer) starts the mixing. I wanted to thank everyone who contributed parts to the songs, too. Everyone’s stuff is awesome and really complements my simple songs and makes them incredibly good!

Dan Bernard did drums and a bunch of great little guitar parts.
Chris Holt did organ, piano and some sweet sax parts.
Ian Graham played bass on half the songs.
John Krohn engineered and had some great ideas on changing parts, and played bass on half the songs.
And a mystery trumpet player added a trumpet part to a song when I wasn’t there. Thanks mystery guy! (I’ll definitely get your name for the liner credits).

Now to get some artwork for the cover. It’s looking likely that maybe 4 out of the 6 songs will be released as a 7″ record (only 4 due to length limitations of a 7″ record) on John’s vinyl label, Lower Peninsula Records… More on that later. One step at a time…

[PTS014 - SONG] A Better Explanation

What? You don’t get it? Me neither.


     A Better Explanation (MP3, 2.9 MB)

“How Does It Know?”: my “Chinese Democracy”

Just a quick note to those paying attention — I’ve been working on an EP called “How Does It Know?” with my friend John Krohn up in Lansing since 12/29/07. We record like once a quarter (or so it seems), and my progress on finishing has been incredibly slow. In between sessions, there was a lot of writing and figuring and arranging. This is the longest I’ve worked on a project, and now that it’s so far into it, I want to make sure it’s really good so as to warrant the amount of time I spent on it.

Anyway, at this point, we’ve got all drums, bass, organ, piano, saxophone, guitar (though there might a bit more of that) done, and we’ve got lead vocal done on 5 out of 6 songs… The sixth song is missing lyrics still, and it’s been stumping me for a long time. Love the song, don’t know what to sing. These days I’m trying to finish writing all the vocal harmonies so I can get those recorded when John gets back from tour with his band, Frontier Ruckus.

I did declare at first session this year that this was the year I’d finish this record. Better get to work. But it will be finished, if not released this year. It’s going to be awesome.

[PTS012 - SONG] Under Some Sky

I was playing around with a free VST synth and came up with the bassline for this one first, and built everything else around that. The lyrics came really easily after that. It’s a short one but I like it. At first my idea was to have a few different song snippets with the theme of the sky, but I’ve just got this one right now.

As an aside, I’m turning 30 next weekend and I think it’d be cool if the Facebook Part Time Songs page could reach 30 fans by then. We’re already up at 27, so if you’re on Facebook and haven’t “fanned” me, feel free to do so!


     Under Some Sky (MP3, 2.1 MB)