Continuing on a little about yesterday’s post… I spent some time last night experimenting with a different way to record an acoustic guitar. I ended up with a really huge and rich sound that would work brilliantly for an acoustic guitar and vocal style of CD. I worked a blend of two mics and a direct line. Wow it’s huge. A fellow recording buff asked me what it would sound like if I were to pan the mics left & right, so I tried it. The sound fell apart. Didn’t work. I now have at least one more way to work on recording an acoustic guitar and getting a great sound for it – especially when it’s so naked in a mix.
Moving on to what someone has to say. I recently attended a CD release party of acquaintance. I didn’t really know exactly what to expect. Ashley Miers. I remember meeting her a while back and wanting to do some co-writing, but that never came to fruition. Fast forward a year or so and bang she’s got a CD and a bunch of videos to boot. She has a message to express with her music that has to do with depression and other issues relating to mental health. It’s not a subject I know much about, but she does.
What I walked away from the evening was a really clever idea on promoting a CD with videos and a cool way to launch it as such. She gathered filmmakers thru friends to create videos for each song then had an audience vote on which ones they liked best. The winning video makers got prizes for their efforts. Very cool. Something that I may have to lift as an idea for my next album.
Getting to the choice for today. There were a couple of really amazing videos done. This one for Invisible Earthquake was by far the most interesting to watch. I really enjoyed the claymation of it. I felt the story in the video didn’t exactly match the lyrics, but that didn’t matter. I enjoy the juxtaposition between the story of the song and the story of the video. It was more of a hand holding type of thing.
The song itself is a fun little mellow tune. Something that I could imagine hearing as a backing track to a montage sequence of a romantic comedy. Where there’s images of troubles, but obvious moments of connection. That’s the vibe I get from it anyway.
I’d still like to sit and write a tune with Ashley as I really like her spirit.
Go support her cause. And support Mental Health of America, I’m sure Ashley would love you for it!