Original Song: The Granary

the granaryWell, the 43rd original song in the song-a-month project is finally done – yet another month when I’ve gone down to the wire! This time it’s a track that has its roots in a trip to Boston a few years back where I spent some time wandering around, you guessed it, the Granary. The history of Boston is amazing and there was something special about the place on a cold and snowy day. I’d jotted down a few lyrics at the time, but have finally got around to putting it together.

One thing that’s always messed with me in the recording process is mixing – I really struggle to get the balance right and I’m just not sure I have the ears for it. I must have had a dozen cracks at getting this one done, and I’m still not that happy with how it sounds.

It’s also a bit of a change from the quieter, slow tempo stuff that has dominated 2014’s songs. As I’ve said many times, I’d really love to be able to do more upbeat stuff but I find it difficult.

Nothing too flash with the recording process here – Taylor T5, Fender ’62 jazz bass, some strings and keyboards straight out of Garageband is about all there is to it.

About the original songs
In January 2012 I commenced a goal of trying to write and record at least one song from scratch each month – sometimes it comes easily, sometimes it’s a real challenge, but I love the discipline it creates. I managed to complete the year, but it was so much fun that I’ve decided to keep it rolling for as long as I can.

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