This mood piece was recorded in one take and edited down to 3:39. I’m using Ableton Live 9, Ableton Push and the Keith McMillen SoftStep as my looping setup here. It’s part of my “seedings” series, inspired by my interactions with local nature.
This meditative piece that turns into a happy little song in the last minute came out of a dark moment. One of those days when I felt paralyzed, stuck in the mud of unhappy thoughts. The Mind Parasites had brought their A game and me…? I felt like a total loser.
One of those days where you tell yourself, “Just play up your damn guitar – five minutes – and you’ll feel better.” But you just stare at it, across the room, knowing you’re too much of a chump to walk over and even pick it up.
And then this thunderstorm rolled in. It was a clear summer day and suddenly the sky turned dark, the lightning crashed, the heavens opened up and the rain came down. And I got excited about trying to record the thunder and the rain on my iPhone. I ran outside under the front awning. I ran upstairs to the little back balcony. I trotted down the hall to my studio.
And I spent the next few hours in creative nirvana….
On the Moon
Without Contraries is no progression. – William Blake
We’ve been feeling – a lot – this autumn. We can feel the world changing and it can feel by turns exhilarating, terrifying, exhausting and confusing.
Today’s Gemini Full Moon empowers us to think rationally about everything we’ve felt over the last two or three lunar cycles – and, indeed, the last year. This is a valuable gift, Continue reading
Live looping rendition of Traffic’s Dear Mr. Fantasy. Recorded in Ableton Live 9 with McMillen Softstep, one microphone, one guitar. Everything you hear was played live in one take – albeit a take edited down from about 22 minutes or so!
Video images were all taken locally on my iPhone, except for the drawing which is the work of Detroit artist Kyle M. Stone and is featured in the cover art of the latest release by my rock band Stand & Deliver.
Acoustic Live Looping Performance
Acoustic cover from one of my favorite Bonnie Prince Billy records, Master and Everyone. Support DK on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NakedSongwriter * Working on my Ableton Live looper set-up.
I really like this one, not because it’s perfect – but because it came from a moment of being absolutely in the moment, with full permission to experiment and make mistakes. Continue reading
This is part of the soundtrack to a film in my head about an epic undersea journey. The film is very Pisces. There are mermaids. We can communicate telepathically with the dolphins and whales…
Acoustic Guitar Meditation on Four Strings
I sat down to play the guitar for a few minutes to get my energy flowing before recording my October 2015 Audio Horoscopes. I didn’t feel like “playing a song” but making music always opens up my creativity chakra so I just started picking. No destination in mind, no chord progression, just feeling the vibrations of my fingers on the strings and listening to the sounds in the air of my room at night. Continue reading
A father-daughter love song
I started writing this song for my daughter a couple years back and finished a version of it in time for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
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