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What’s With The Sound?

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People with developmental disabilities are more capable than you believe.

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Have you ever noticed how the first notes on these recordings are louder than those on the rest of the tune?
Okay, I’m no sound man.  Hell, I’m half-deaf as it is, and it’s not from being a heavy metal musician for 33 years.  After all, Paul Stanley was already half-deaf when Wicked Lester formed in 1970, so that’s not the problem.
Furthermore, there was a period in my life when I worked behind the camera, and that was back in the early 1990s when I worked with Allan Cameron in Santa Clarita, California, so I know a few things about camerawork.  However, back to the damn sound.
It would be easier to understand why these recordings are so goofy if the opening notes were as screwy as the rest.  However, that is not the case.  So, what gives?
Sure, it makes me sound like I haven’t a clue of what the hell I’m doing-and maybe I don’t.  I won’t argue about that idea in the sound realm, because I’m only using a $1200 Hewlett-Packard or (even sillier) an i-Phone (I’m serious!).
Here’s what is probably the least believable.  The recordings from my i-Phone are of higher quality than those which I record straight from the computer.  Hell, I still get better recordings off compact cassette!  Yes, I still use compact cassettes and old-fashioned tape recorders.
If I know me, I probably haven’t set up the microphones correctly.
Do I really do music for the money?  No, I’m 47-years-old now, and I’m pretty much recording this material for any descendants I might have a century or two down the line.  Realistically, about the only way I could ever cut any kind of album is if I made it in this business first-and then, it would have to be after I’m somewhat established.
Uh-huh, yeah.
Although I’m usually the first one to say that those who look at reality may as well give up now, that is the reality of my situation as a musician-especially a metal musician.
The strange thing about this recording is that it’s very much of the 1970’s variety.  I personally hear elements of Kiss and Led Zeppelin from about 1975 in something that I just recorded last night (October 7, 2017) around 10:30 p.m.
While the notes might be a bit heavier, the sound is very much from the days of Watergate and the Arab oil embargo against the West.
I would record two guitars, but I’m not quite sure that I could pull it off with this computer.  I would probably need a second computer; one to play the rhythm and the other with which to record leads.  I don’t know.  I guess I’ll have to ask my original lead guitarist or another friend of mine who has worked with Sheena E. and Chicago.
Come to think of it, I wonder if he’s playing at the Baked Potato tonight.

 

 

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Disappointed, But Not Surprised

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Kiss is my favorite heavy metal band-and always will be.  However, it’s quite disappointing to hear Gene Simmons’ words about how we feel about this madman who is in the White House.

Personally, I would think that he would be a little wiser, but I won’t go into the particulars.  Even in my disappointment, I will give Simmons credit for the way that he put it; subtly.  In Lincolnian terms, with malice toward none and charity toward all-but I still think he’s wrong on this one.

Simmons and Trump have been friends for a very long time, so it’s natural that Simmons would come to the Donald’s defense.  That’s what friends do.  However, one of the things I loved about Kiss is that they didn’t discuss politics-at least not until sixteen years ago.

Yeah, that changed everything.

At least he did vote for President Obama in 2008, and I know that he did because he admitted to doing so on the radio.  I heard him on KLOS back in the old days.

Do I feel crestfallen?  Sure!  However, I remember what he said in 1987 about hero worship; that it’s a dangerous thing.  Why?  Your heroes might ultimately disappoint you.  This can be found in his section of the Crazy, Crazy Nights tour program from the 1987-1988 tour.

Hence, Gene has disappointed me.  However, we all have family members who voted for this guy, so that’s kind of how I view this predicament.

I’ll still buy Kiss albums whenever they are released (let’s admit that they’re only going to record one or two more), but reading what he said just reminds me how sad reality can be sometimes-especially when you’re referring to a man who has made dreams come true.

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