Yes, barely 24 hours into the challenge and already the hatred for a barely week-old composition has set in. I have other songs that are in better shape than this so maybe I should’ve started with them. Instead I worked on “Please Don’t Tattle on Me,” one of three songs that just popped out of nowhere on Saturday while I was casually strumming on my girlfriend’s daughter’s pink guitar. If it were February 27th, I’d probably be chucking this one out based on my night’s efforts. But still I persisted, rewriting lyrics and recording before going into work hoping I’d enjoy the results in the car. I didn’t. Here are the gripes:
The melody sounds lazy to me instead of pretty, like a first draft.
I haven;t figured out how to sing this one. I hate HATE HATE HATE!!!!!! my first vocal attempt and all today I’ll be listening to Buddy Holly with an idea to try and sing it gentle and not in my usual McGruff the CrimeDog voice. “Everyday” is a good song to work from. Maybe I’ll add some knee slapping and glockenspiel. Maybe it would get it to sound less like a Mind Games outtake. I was trying to get this album to sound less Beatle-y but solo Beatles is hardly the answer.
I cut a passable slide guitar part, my first time ever attempt and my fingers are not quite where I’d like them to be.
I attempted to get a music box sound for the guitars by changing the pitch and also running it through Garageband helium, an effect I wish Reason had. Both were fails. In olden days, you could record on tape, slow it down to half speed ad record on that and you’d get the Bob Welch “Sentimental Lady” sound I’m looking for. I was dumbfounded on how I can achieve that digitally last night (“Where’s the easy button ? I can’t find it. Wah!” But time away from the computer and the lava lamp has given me an idea.