Friday, March 05, 2010

A Lesson In Progress

If you want your dreams to become true, you have to be willing to sit on your butt and wait for them to arrive, hopefully in a convenient form such as an email  or a text message.

Last July, I was sitting and doing nothing when I received an email from Cary Grace, a musician who was new to me at the time, thanking me for playing her music on my radio program and directing me to some of her other recordings. Her music resonated with me on many levels and made me want to play guitar again,  I wound up telling her that listening made me want to break out my old  FX pedals and she asked me to send a song or two to her, so I did.  I'm very glad I did, because I almost didn't.



As a DJ, I exchange a fair number of band-related emails , but that was the first time I'd ever included a sample of my own music in one. I hadn't played seriously in years, so what would be the point, right?

Well, there doesn't have to be a point. If there's no point, you might as well do something that you enjoy, and I really enjoy music, so I let my guard down and sent Cary a couple of my old songs. She replied, calling my auto-didactic guitar  style "apocalyptic" and after that comment we pretty much had to record a CD together. So, along with Andy Budge (bass) and David Payne
( drums) , we started recording. The rest of the band lives in England and I live in the US, so we resorted to using carrier pigeons to send recordings back and forth across the Atlantic for many months, during which time Cary was mixing the songs and  assembling them  into an album format; the kind of record with a beginning , middle and end. It's not just a pile of files, it's an actual album of songs, some  planned, some spontaneous and most with elements of both. The song presented here is the beginning of the album and one of the most precious gifts I've ever received. It is shared here with the  hope that you enjoy it as much as I do...and don't worry, the alarm clock will stop soon enough.

<a href="http://music.mondaymachines.com/track/ruined-morning-free-download">Ruined Morning (free download) by Monday Machines</a>

For Cary's post click here.

11 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

wow...what a brilliant idea..and so good..

schlep said...

nice work, looking forward to more of this machinery!

nadine r said...

i've been lurking for aeons...but i have to say...I REALLY LIKE THIS SONG! Sign me up for the whole CD!

(I hope there will be a CD that i CAN BUY b/c i'll buy some for friends, too!!!)

mbmbjrthe3rd said...

That is a great song. It has so many dimensions to it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Now, I'm going to download it :-)

mbmbjrthe3rd said...

Allan,

I put *Your Song* on Facebook and Twitter for you, too.

Thanks again for the music!!

Allan said...

JS- Which idea? There are so many...

S- Thanks! It's coming soon!

N- Hi! Thanks for lurking in! If you click the 'download' link on the sidebar, you'll be able to sign up for a CD mailing list.

M3- Very cool! Thank you for spreading the word!

angel said...

OMG so much fantasticness! I can't believe you're so far apart!

I think I'd like the whole album too.

angel said...

I'm listening to it again. There's so much in there!!

Allan said...

A- Hi Angel! So happy that you liked!

AC@46 said...

Sweet

more cowbell said...

this was great! wow!