Update – June 25th

Sunday is approaching and I have put together Seven tracks I think we can squeeze into a day of recording. Daniela wanted to do the fast version of Haunted House which should be easy enough. Only two of the songs are new (less than a year old) so I hope to breath new life into the others. It will also be interesting playing and recording loud as opposed to quietly in my apartment.

Tonight I focused on the bass lines for ‘Grenade’ and ‘Blue Skies’ which are the toughest as they don’t really need one. I wrote something very basic which I may not even use. There are two ‘fudge’ spots in both songs where the lyrics need changing or revision, as of tonight inspiration has not come and they remain as is. I’ve been stuck/unstuck for the last few months to be honest but if I wait it out it usually breaks.

‘Blue Skies’ was written for a short screenplay I wrote (The Big Day) and is story specific so I’m a little stuck in that respect. I think of it as a piano song, for some reason I can hear it clearly in my head as piano and upright bass, simple and short. This song really grew on me. The first person I played it for while busking together in Central Park hated it, I’m glad I ignored his advise. Years later I still play it live on the increasingly rare times I perform.

‘This Grenade Will Love You’ has a double chorus at the end which needs better lyrics and the whole song in general is a variation on the same structure of chords played at different locations. This is why the bass line is hard to write. I’m not sure how it will work out, I still love the song and won’t give up on it just yet.

We are rehearsing this Thursday 6-9pm to go over all the songs and make sure we are prepared for Sunday. In the last two years I’ve spent so much time at the rehearsal studio I feel like I work there part-time.

I decided to keep a journal of the band as a writing exercise but unfortunately there is not much else doing. I’m sure after Sunday I’ll have something interesting to write about.

Track Listing (so far):

  1. Wherever We Are
  2. This Other World 
  3. Everywhere
  4. Haunted House – Fast version
  5. Goodbye Old Friend
  6. This Grenade Will Love You
  7. Blue Skies
The Big Day/Blue Skies

2nd Rehearsal

Two rehearsals in and we have the first Three songs for the E.P. confirmed pretty much. We intend on recording five tracks in total which leaves us with two more to choose. Currently I’m thinking Everywhere and This Grenade Will Love You. I feel pretty good about the progress so far. The drums and piano really bring out the songs and having two additional inputs is invaluable. I need to start writing out the final baselines and the little guitar parts. Anyway, I plan on keeping track of our progress from the beginning to the final CD. I hope to repeat the process again sometime in the future and perhaps reading back over this will help.
 

Blue Sky (The End) – Demo

Blue Sky (The End) – C.Dempsey 2010


I can’t wait ‘till it’s over
All blue skies and green fields baby
I’d push it off for a cool breeze
I’ll take my chances on my own.

Here’s where it ends
Just make it quick ‘coz I can’t stand blood nor pain.

If this is a blue sky
Drink to stop thinking
Thinking it’s time to stop
If I could change you
Take you and break you and make into something you’re not.

Here’s where it ends
Just make it quick ‘coz I can’t stand blood nor pain.

Here’s where it ends
Here’s where it ends
Here’s where it ends
Just make it quick ‘coz I can’t stand blood nor pain.