PLEASE USE HEADPHONES (if you want to hear the vocals)! THANKS!
On File at Copyright.gov
Registration Number / Date: SRu001142459 / 2013-11-12
Application Title: Songs by cjwimmers, volume 1.
Lyrics posted in 2nd post.
PLEASE USE HEADPHONES! THANKS!
Critics welcome, as long as you aren't total meanies about it!
If you aren't a rock-n-roller, you might not like these much.
I'm sick of asking family and friends about these simple demos I recorded/copyrighted last summer, because I don't believe half what anyone who
knows me, tells me about them, and the other half says nothing. I know if certain types of music aren't your thing, you probably won't like it,
regardless of how good it is to others who might like the genres of music you don't.
These are Hard Rock (like the classic hard rock of the 70s, with what I hope is a modern edge), Hard Rock-blues, and mellower rock, with one
country-blues(???) tune thrown in at the end (to meet the challenge of a co-worker/friend, who said I wasn't squat til I did a country tune. lol).
This is my first attempt at recording by myself, in my apartment, doing the guitars, the lyrics, the vocals, the recording, the copyrighting. Ugh. I
really just want to play my guitar, and I'm really tech illiterate when it comes to recording stuff. I learn as I go. My next set is already
sounding much better than this one! Should have 10 more by next year. Why so sloppy? I don't want to be a recording artist. I just want to be a
songwriter and putter around in my place jamming by myself instead of working.
I know there are technical flaws recording level wise with some of the demos, and I keep going if a tiny mistake wasn't enough to completely throw
everything off. The distortion you hear in some of the songs is in the recording on my end, and isn't volume related on yours.
Just guitars/vocals, and a metronome beat to keep time, in about half the demos. No bass guitar or drums. Just too busy, and didn't need them for
the purposes of this experiment.
Originally, I was only interested in recording the guitar, as I can't read/transcribe music, so after awhile I got tired of playing the 30
instrumentals I'd come up with on the guitar, so since I really liked the batch I'd created from 2011-2013, I decided to record them. Then the
lyrics kinda just came out as I'd listen to the music after recording the first guitar. I don't like the sound of my voice, but I hit most of the
notes, with some harmonies in the songs too.
Every odd numbered song is the hard rock variety, and the even numbered songs are mellower sounding. Some of the mellower songs are more like
lullabyes and might put you to sleep even as they plead with you to wake up.
The faster guitar solos on the hard stuff are shreds.
I'd love to hear some of my songs at the end of sci-fi/horror/action movies, as the credits start to roll. #5, "Don't Hate Me"...after I finished
recording the guitars, it just reminded me of Ozzy, so I tailored the lyrics to kind of fit his schtick. I'd sell it to him for half price because I
know he'd kill it. lol. #7 "Panic City" is my right-wing-surfer-music-anti-government/media-complex-anthem. I'd like to hear this song in a
surfing video, especially the bridge/solo.
The lyrics? Eh...read into 'em whatever you want. I let the music dictate the chorus and mood of the lyrics, then write the verses based on the
theme the chorus sets. I always create the first guitar, first, then mold the lyrics to the mood the music sets off in me. I apologize if anything
in the lyrics offends anyone. The lyrics are a vehicle to sing the notes of the vocals. It was fun doing them for the first time, but please, don't
read too much into anything. If something sounded good to me, i went with it, and didn't worry about if it would offend anyone, including myself.
My lyrics are boyscout-ish and lame, by modern standards. But at least I found stuff to sing to the music.
I hope you like a few. Remember, if you don't like the harder stuff, the even numbered songs are mellower. You might like a few of those.
PLEASE USE HEADPHONES! You won't hear the vocals at all without them. I sang these in my apartment, and it's a quiet place in the central Illinois
cornfields, and I couldn't project my voice nearly as loudly as I needed/wanted to. I tried to be as considerate as I could of my neighbors, even
though half of them are noisy idiots.
PLEASE USE HEADPHONES! THANKS!
And please remember, these are just demos done by one guy, and my first try using the H4n Zoom recorder, so GMAB!
I'm much more interested in what you think of the arrangements/flow/and originality of sound, or lack thereof, than in discussing the technical flaws
which I already know, backwards and forwards...wishing I knew then what I know now, but as I said I got done what I felt I wanted to get done with
them, at this stage. I copyrighted them because a friend of mine was in a 5 man band and had their simple demos copyrighted, and won $250,000 (50,000
each) for their infringement case on a clearly stolen riff. Don't ask, can't discuss anything beyond that, as per the settlement agreement between
them and the copyright violators. Not saying my stuff is worth ripping off, but it was only 35 bucks to copyright a boatload of songs, so better safe
PLEASE USE HEADPHONES! THANKS! (I keep emphasizing this, because i keep asking people to listen with headphones, and they keep telling me they
listened without headphones. lol. "Hey dood, the guitar kicked butt, but I couldn't hear the vocals too well..." Me: "Yeah, because you
didn't listen with headphones like I asked!" Puts on headphones..."Oh yeah...that's way better..." lol. The vocals are still too low, but if
you follow the lyrics as you listen, you'll hear the vocals fine, as long as you wear HEADPHONES for these demos. lol.
These weren't done in a pro studio, but in my apartment, on a digital recorder about the size of my TV remote with a leaky toilet and a noisy fridge
and AC vents in the backround, and maybe even a cat sound or two.
Can I post MP3s here instead of the SoundCloud link?
Oh well, I'll start with the link, I guess.
Really wanting some feedback from people I don't know. Longtime mostly lurker, too busy to post much, but not too busy to lurk.
Most of these aren't happyhappy/joyjoy songs though, so if you're already depressed...
These 4 track demos were recorded using a BCRich VG2 guitar (about $450 new) a Peavey Vypyr 60 watt tube modeling amp ($550) and a H4n Zoom recorder,
about $300 after tax, and my voice, which I hate (free).
Anyone out there who can walk me through, step by step, downloading songs from my H4n zoom to audacity for remix...etc... (or any other decent,
hopefully free platform?) I'm highly computer/tech illiterate. Any help appreciated!