Songwriting Workshop #2 Result

This week’s songwriting assignment was to describe a time you took a chance on something. I didn’t follow the assignment. But that’s totally cool! You don’t need to either! 🙂 This week’s submissions include Ryan B’s first submission, a beautifully-crafted song called Love Me AND my submission, a spiritual story about ascending to heaven, called… Continue reading Songwriting Workshop #2 Result

Songwriting Workshop #1 Result – "Salvation"

[quote] I finally turned on the computer yesterday to churn out my first song for the Cryns #3 Songwriting Workshop. Ever since recording Boulder back in 2005, I have had this dream of recording a whole album of gospel songs that a church choir could sing. In fact, some day I hope to gather a… Continue reading Songwriting Workshop #1 Result – "Salvation"

Another One Down!

Yesterday, I wrapped up recording guitars on “Lori won’t get out of my way!” The song needed some beef, and I think the new guitar parts add just that. The parts are more varied than on other songs, as I used BOTH acoustic and distortion sounds, all from the ol’ Marshall stack. Of course, the… Continue reading Another One Down!

Let's Get Funky with Sneaky Pete on the Harmonica!

“Sneaky” Pete Bauer made his way to my living room studio on Sunday, where he laid down some hot harmonica tracks over the bed for “Let’s get funky!” This shit is HOTTT!! Anyway, give Pete’s work on “Let’s get Funky!” a listen! http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01%20Let%27s%20Get%20Funky!%20with%20Harmonica%20(Unmixed).mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

It's Time To Decide – Sweet Sounds Coming out of the Marshall Stack!

Yesterday, I recorded electric guitar parts for “It’s time to decide!”, which is a track off of our forthcoming release, Faraway Farm. The parts are sweet and smooth, straying towards the acoustic edge of the Marshall stack than the other parts I have been recording recently. Listen to “It’s time to decide!“ http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01-Its-Time-to-Decide-I-Promise-You-Everything..mp3Podcast: Play in… Continue reading It's Time To Decide – Sweet Sounds Coming out of the Marshall Stack!

My Rift Magazine 36-Hour Songwriting Contest Submission – "…in San Francisco"

Rich Horton, the motivated young gent who owns the Twin Cities’ best local music magazine (Rift Magazine), was kind enough to invite me to participate in the online version of Rift Magazine’s 36-Hour Songwriting Competition.  The rules of the competition are simple: Write one song within the given timeframe (36-hours). Record and submit an mp3… Continue reading My Rift Magazine 36-Hour Songwriting Contest Submission – "…in San Francisco"

Going Nuts with My Marshall Stack

In an effort to beef up the new album (and have some fun), I decided to dust off my old Marshall JCM 900 half-stack and rip out some guitar licks for the new album.  Here are my initial results: “Run. Run! Run!!! RUN!!! RUNNNN!!!!” – Scratch Mix April 8, 2009 “Let’s Get Funky!” – Scratch… Continue reading Going Nuts with My Marshall Stack

Help Me Mix My New Record! Feedback Needed!

I just realized that I forgot to attach the “2 Sisters” mp3 from yesterday’s post. That’s okay, though, because I am attaching it to this post…AND MORE!!! I need your help. We are in the process of deciding on a final mix for our new record and would love to hear your feedback on the… Continue reading Help Me Mix My New Record! Feedback Needed!

Mixdown of "2 Sisters" – Feedback?

(Above: 2 Sisters/SoulSistas at our show last Saturday) Hi! We are rolling! Rolling, I tell ya! Here is a link to our most recent mixdown of “2 Sisters” from our forthcoming record. We are looking for mixing feedback at present – things like “the vocals are too quiet”, “I can’t hear the kick drum”, etc.… Continue reading Mixdown of "2 Sisters" – Feedback?

Help a Brotha' Out: Write a Review on Amazon

I hate it when this happens: I was casually surfing the net, reading up on NASA’s most recent adventures, checking out my blog stats, and such, when I accidentally stumbled upon the Amazon mp3 listing for “…if Howard Roark could dance”. There is currently one lonely review listed, and it written by some cocky asshole… Continue reading Help a Brotha' Out: Write a Review on Amazon