Happy Halloween! This song could typically be found at the very end of my coffee house sets, and would’ve been the show closer if I always hadn’t felt that leaving audiences on such a disturbingly discordant note was more than a little inappropriate for the setting. Easily my most vocally dynamic song to date, it tells the tale of a endlessly repeating tragic scene that haunts the singer at night. Unable to escape, he finds his very sanity at a breaking point as he begs for release from his unfortunate fate.
Here’s another ghostly tale from the Archives – this one involving a pack of spectral hounds that haunts the English moors. Unlike many of my other vocal songs, I had a very clear idea of what the arrangement for this one would sound like while I was writing it, although it translated surprisingly well to piano when I performed it at my Southwest Cafe show in 1997. Far from the haunting, atmospheric strains of “Marigold,” this track offers up more than a passing nod to the hard rock and metal stylings of the 1980s. It was a blast to write […]
It just wouldn’t be October without a little ghostly tale to liven up your listening! Thanks for your patience and understanding with getting this one posted. Unlike the vast majority of Project: Archives posts, which simply involve remastering existing recordings, this is a completely new arrangement and recording. I had been performing this song live for a number of years, but always in a very stripped down way that didn’t represent what I had in mind for the full arrangement. My original plan for this post was to do more of a studio demo version – more or less a […]
Bad creative decisions, grade school theater trauma, the joys of being a Dungeon Master, and a Project: Archives confession, all in a single (albeit lengthy) podcast. Did I mention the fact that this is probably the most talking I’ve ever done in a single recorded sitting? Yeah…and there might have been a few quasi-emotional moments along the way as well. Enjoy! 😀
I had been going back and forth about whether to post all the tracks from each of my early song collections, but decided that there was really no good reason not to do so. So this week I’ll be doing just that, starting with Unearthed Arcana and The Bard’s Tale on Thursday, The Lost City and Mystic Visions (possibly The Haunt as well) on Friday, and the rest on Saturday. I won’t be doing music videos for each of these songs. Not only would that involve a crazy amount of work and time, it was never my intention to feature each of the songs here – I simply wanted to offer […]
We’re deviating from the order a little this time. This video was originally intended to be for “Darken Wood,” but I realized after I was almost done with it that it was FAR better suited to “The Ancient Ruins of the Druids.” Rather than start over from scratch in order to stick to the schedule, I just figured I’d run with what I had. I hope you enjoy it!
This Saturday edition of Project: Archives takes us back to Subtle Inversion’s unreleased Prism EP for a remaking of “Gossamer.” Tipping its hat in many ways to the 1990s-era Nine Inch Nails remixes, this track employs a half-time feel, no-holds-barred use of beat manipulation, and some nicely chilly, atmospheric effects.
I didn’t have to dig very deep in the Archives to uncover this week’s offering, and it certainly wasn’t a difficult song choice, given tomorrow’s debut of Midnight Syndicate‘s completely revamped “Live!” show as part of Cedar Point’s Halloweekends. Fans of the park may enjoy this little homage to both the park’s history as well as one of its most influential historical figures.
As I’ve mentioned in various interviews with Midnight Syndicate in the past, I tend to be a rather visual songwriter in that I’ll use specific images (even if they’re imaginary) to guide how each song or arrangement is developed. With “Morning Fog,” I didn’t have to imagine very much – I simply had to enjoy the breathtaking scenes captured by landscape photographer David Muench in his book “Uncommon Places.” This song was originally penned sometime during the mid-to-late 1990s, but never recorded until 2007 as part of a remastered collection of early material.
This one certainly brings back a ton of great memories! Featherduster had arguably one of the shortest performing lifespans of any band I’ve either known or been a part of, but what we lacked in longevity we made up for in substance and enjoyment. I’ve done my share of performing over the years – from intimate solo acoustic shows in the hallways of anime conventions to an indoor hockey stadium in Edmonton, Canada that I literally couldn’t see the back of when the lights were out. This show has always been a personal favorite of mine, not because of its […]
Here’s a previously unreleased track from Parlormuse that has never seen a recorded version until just recently, despite having been performed countless times as my set opener. For those of you who listened to the podcast I did a while back about what to expect from Phase 2 of Project: Archives, this is a good example of what I was talking about when I mentioned that some tracks would be Archives related, but not quite taken from the Archives directly. “Over the Garden Wall” was under consideration for inclusion on the album very late in the recording stages, and I simply decided […]
It’s not very often that I would find myself inclined to want to celebrate the birthday of a place. There are plenty of anniversaries, centennials, and other landmark dates being celebrated throughout the country at any given time, so what makes the Mall of America’s 25th birthday so special? Perhaps it’s the fact that what may arguably be considered the pièce de résistance of traditional retailing has managed not only to survive, but actually thrive in an era when shopping malls are widely being categorized as largely passé and the so-called “retail apocalypse” appears to have descended upon us without mercy, culling both […]