April 1st, 2006
|06:27 pm - Beginning my fifteen minutes|
So as I keep mentioning, I've been hired to do backing vocals for an instructional singing product.
Today I had a meeting with some of the guys at the studio, and I mentioned at one point that I think there should be more accordion and xylophone in popular music. One of the guys went, "DUDE! I totally agree!" We spent some time talking about accordion artists like Corn Mo, Frankie Yankovic, Weird Al, John Linnell and Dick Dale (the accordianist from the Lawrence Welk Show, not the king of surf guitar)... His face lit up as he told me, “you should really do an accordion album!”
I um, I don't know how to play the accordion. And I told him that.
He said, "Who cares? Half the artists on the Top 40 can't really sing. You can just wing it.”
So went had coffee at Mother Fools and talked about ideas for this album he thinks I should do, and darned if he hasn't convinced me. I'm a little worried about the fact that (as I said) I can't play, but he assures me that they can fix even the worst playing in the studio, and I'm not THAT bad.
My only real problem with this project is that he has his heart set on the album being called “Hand Puppet Fetish,” which I find kind of lackluster and unfunny. I'm going to brainstorm ideas and come up with a list of better titles. Otherwise, though, I'm feeling more and more excited the more I think about it. He told me to come up with a few demos, and I've only been home from the meeting for a little more than an hour, but I already have some recorded. As I said, I don't play accordion, but I've got enough experience with keyboard instruments that I can sort of kind of fake it. Here are short samples from the two I'm proudest of:
Busey Boy (originally recorded by Corn Mo on his album, The Magic is You!)
Hole in the Knee of My Pants (Original composition)
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: I'm trying to work out the chords to She's an Angel by They Might Be Giants.
That's great Colin! lol I agree about a different title... :)
Yeah, so now I feel like a jerk for doing an April Fool's day post.
Regardless, he actually picked it up and recorded those files... hehehe
Now that I have this blackmail material, does it really matter? Mwahahaha!
Hey, I'm all for accoridian music. But I never knew that Dick Dale played the accoridian!? I didn't know he could get any more cool than he already was, but I guess I'm wrong.
Speaking of accoridians, have you ever had the pleasure of John Beutel performing his accordian for you? He did once for us my sophmore year and I must say I was impressed and pleased to know that he could play such an instrument.
Uh no. If ya read closer it's Dick Dale the accordion player from Lawrence Welk.
I knew you had access to an accordian & had secretly been hoping that you would be able to put it to good use while it was still in your posession. Keep practising, it can only lead to greater fortunes.
Keep practising, it can only lead to greater fortunes.
Let's hope. I'm so sick of the ones that say things like "You are almost there!" or "Don't put your chickens in a basket before they're hatched." or "Disregard previous cookie."
Yeah, um, I was joking (yes, what a jerk, I know). Some people got it and some didn't, but I seriously am working on learning how to play it.
|Date:||April 2nd, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)|| |
don't ever play that freaking thing again!
|Date:||April 2nd, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)|| |
Put that freakin' sandwich down!
|Date:||April 3rd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)|| |
But RJ, didn't you like my beautiful music?
Awesome! You should have a lot of fun with this!
Man... Sometimes the worst thing about admitting to an April Fool's Day joke is knowing that the admission inspires disappointment rather than relief.