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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

<a href="">There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by smithsproject</a>

This one is dedicated to my love, Josh Cadwising. He is my inspiration, the father of my crazy toddler, and an amazing photographer. This is one of his favorite songs. Also "our" song is Jack the Ripper, so I combined the two, slightly. If you listen to the bass line, it's almost exactly the same as the Jack the Ripper's verse. I spent a lot of time on this song and it probably has more layers than anything else I've done to date. It's impossible to say at this point, since many of the layers contain multiple voices bounced down to one track, but I'm guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of 50+ layers.

I decided to end it the same way Morrissey does in the live 2004 version of Who Put the 'M' in Manchester. I always loved how everyone floats off stage one by one leaving Mike Farrell to play the beautifully haunting strings and flute melodies on his own.

back when we were new...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Some Girls are Bigger Than Others

<a href="">Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others by smithsproject</a>

I used a two-octave drop and some good ol' crunchy distortion for the bass line on this one. Sometimes I wish I had the vocal range that men have because it would really come in handy at times! Even though my main inspiration was taiko drums it took on a Radiohead Myxomatosis feel. Also, I don't know if I should be saying this out loud but, I finally listened to Lady Gaga's The Fame album yesterday (the rock I live under is beautiful) and there is a song where she does the Taiko yell just like I did in this song. For the record, I had no idea!

Anyway... this song is for Morrissey's superfan Russell Brand because a) I can just imagine him saying some random girl-fact like this off the top of his head, can't you??? and b) both Morrissey and Russell Brand operate on some other witty and unique plane of consciousness that I don't fully understand but greatly admire. Granted, Russell's brain synapses are firing at warp-factor nine- or maybe he just talks faster that Morrissey? I don't know. Whatever!

Russell, you're hilarious and I adore you. If your wedding registry is at Target, I sure couldn't find it. So, this is my wedding present to you. Sorry, I forgot the card...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vicar In A Tutu

Morrissey influences people in the best of ways. This picture is just one more reason to love David Byrne.

david byrne at benaroya hall

David Byrne at Benaroya Hall.

Photo by Laura Musselman.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

picture by Josh Cadwising