Archive for the ‘Sound’ Category


Who needs pitch correction?

July 23, 2008

Well, most “artists” do these days.  It’s actually part of the signature vocal sound for young pop and rock acts.  Before you think I am being like Dr. Righteous from Mr. Roboto, I’ll be the first to admit any vocal tracks I record need them.  🙂

Why bring it up?  I was sharing my love for well crafted songs sung by tenors with Mr. Boghos via email youtube links today and I ended up here:  10CC’s The Things We Do for Love.  Pitch correction did not exist in 1977 but listening to all these parts, you’d think it did.  The vocals are spot on and a joy to listen to.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Unfortunately, I can’t embed it due to copyright concerns.

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The Ringing Bell Explained

July 8, 2008

Derek Webb has done it again.  He is giving away his last album “The Ringing Bell”.  I have been listening to it and enjoying the Beatles/Traveling Wilbury’s feel of it.  On his “official” fan site, there is an interview with Derek about the record, which is nice because it provides context to the songs.

If you don’t have the “new” album, I recommend it.  If you have 30 minutes to listen to the interview while you work, do so, as I think you will enjoy the record even more.


Funny Things

April 14, 2008

It’s been awhile since I blogged and I am over HSM for the moment, so I thought I’d get rid of Zach’s face on my blog with a few funny things.

1.  Heard from my near 7 year old daughter regarding Paula on AI:

“That lady likes everyone!”

2.  And for you Starbux addicts, a poke at your Seattle Coffee pusher…


my latest guilty pleasure

January 16, 2008

Tracy bought the HSM 1 and 2 for the kids.  I have a fondness for this song “Bet On It” from HSM2.  Not only is the low end extremely well done ( I ran the new sub at church through the paces with it), but all the production is top notch.  Besides, it’s a catchy tune. 

Now it’s official.  To all my friends that cultivated my love of ear candy pop, I’ve reached the dark side, and it’s all your fault.  🙂

Wait for it… from 2:50 and on you’ll think you’re watching Footloose.


90s speed with 00s swagger

December 26, 2007
I just had to share.  I have developed a recent fascination with Paul Gilbert, formerly of Mr. Big,  via this youtube video and others  He’s talented and has a weird sense of humor!
Here is something I uncovered if you will…
Mr. Big had a huge hit in the 90s with “To be with You”.  Paul Gilbert played guitar in that band.  Check out the original… at least ’til 3:00 and then watch how Paul does it solo now… at least to 3:45.
The first person to comment with the name of the song he borrows the opening riff from gets my personal guitar respect.

Osenga’s Three Act Musical

December 11, 2007

On Caedmon’s Call’s latest release – Overdressed, Andrew Osenga sings on three songs that work out to a be a three act play.  I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but it’s neat anyway.

“Expectations” is about church advertising and how the actual church is nothing like the billboards.  Go figure.

“Hold the Light” is about man dealing with a ton of unmet expectations, sin, and pain and the friend that encourages him through it.

“Start Again” is a cry for God to grant a new start: hope to start again.

Even though Andrew sounds like a mix of Derek Webb and Tom Petty, I like his writing and contributions to the Caedmon’s Call colllective.  It’s good to have Derek back on this record as well. After listening to it 5 times in a row,  I have given it an A-, versus the C+ I had originally judged it.


Stocking Stuffers

December 11, 2007

Hey out there!  It’s time for my monthly post.  🙂

If one was to stuff my stocking with something other than coal, I’d enjoy finding some of these things….

CDs – Anything by Nickel Creek, The Glory Revealed Project, Derek Webb’s Ringing Bell, Steve Fee’s Burn for You (also sold as Fee: We Shine, he got signed on INO, Derek and CC’s label), Jars of Clay’s Good Monsters, and 7:22’s Freedom release.

Gear – headstock stand, guitar tech tool, and if you are froggy, a pedalboard cable kit.  Also, a Swiss Army ESV Bible would be great too, since I can’t keep my paperback Bibles from dismantling in my backpack.

Of course, I ultimately need none of these things.  What I need I already have.  May my heart be struck with holy fear if I think I need more than what God has blessed me with in Christ.