Here's to Deina's cover, I'm very very! lucky to have someone so talented cover boy meets girl, Her version shows how simple the song is, 4 chords and a heart on ones sleeve. Absolutely beautiful!
The first song I have ever written, and also the beginning of STA. The album cover was concepted by me but brought to life by a great friend Zak Johnson.
This ones an old one, At this point I had never touched a musical instrumental other than drums. I remember when Zak gave me the guitar and voice demo for me to write drums to it. It was the first time I felt the urge to do something different with my drumming. Before this I was your fast, Tre Cool, Marky Ramone kind of player that kinda just stuck to a simple beat. Effective but I wanted to be more creative behind the kit. (While still trying play for the music) I wanted to have times in the song where people that listened would go, That beats good. So I came up with this jolty intro beat that I still love to this day. It was just different. The pre chorus with the lead guitar is one of favourite drumming bits of this song. I love cymbal work, Bells, ride rolls, stacks. Flammys. One of my proudest works of being behind a kit.
Here's a cover the madame and I did a while back before she rocketed off to the other side of the planet. If you listen close for a split of a second. You can hear my vocal chords. Yikes.
If you've seen the Mickey Mouse "Twice Upon A Christmas" movie, You might remember the scene where Donald Duck, Frustrated with the holiday festivities, is trying to escape the tune "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". But everything he walks by or that is involved in his day is always playing the melody. He gives the cashier change for a hot cocoa. The change drops into the register and the coin noises produces the melody of we wish you a merry christmas. He accidentally knocks some wine glasses and the way they hit each other produces the melody. Even with non musical objects, well you'd think they'd be non musical, He fails to escape the song. A bit of a segue but! I thought it was really cool how they played it out. And it's completely possible! Every item in your house, or outside on the street can be turned into a musical voice. The little clip of music up top is sounds a couple of friends and I gathered from things around town. Us hitting an ironing board with a big stick... That's the snare. A laundry detergent bottle (Half empty) to produce more "umph", is the kick. The hi hats... this is my favourite. Is me opening a pop can super fast. The shist of that first crack. Replayed and looped in time. Listen for it. Then I open it slower and louder for the open hi hat feel. Then wine bottles for the melody and almost string sounding instruments. The part where it breaks down... That's the crosswalk beeping noise. You know the little beep the pole gives to let you know it's safe to walk. We recorded that, Then I pitched it up or down to form a melody. Before you hear a little high pitch kinda sweepy thing happening. That's a skytrain pulling up. Sped up I think 650%. Everything has a sound, or a voice. Oh! And the wine bottles had different levels of water in them for different notes. Some of you already probably know that trick though, Clever Canary's. Anyways... Yeah the earth. Its full of music. You can find it in everything you touch. That laundry bottle kick drum, I use it a lot of songs I mix. It sounds more like a kick drum then most kick drums do. Explore.
This is a song I wrote along with Jordan Della Vera, A guitar duke of vancouver. To spread emotion with your drums is a difficult thing. There's no major or minor chords on the kit, there's no I, IV,V progression. It's just passion with dynamics. In this piece I tried to throw emotion behind the kit. The steady heartbeat to a manic scatter of shots. The calm before the crushing wave. Your life can change in seconds. That's all it takes. When you get that news, and everything freezes. It's just you. Life is vulnerable, fragile and sneezing. We're all social creatures and we need to interact with eachother. That's what this song is about. I Hope you enjoy it.