Back in the Basement

Basement Studio

Ah yes…the Ping Pong Table Recording Studio in my parents’ basement.  When I was home from school on summer and winter breaks, I used to blow up an air mattress and sleep right below it.  I’d work in the supermarket deli by day and lay down tracks upon tracks of carefully recorded riffs, beats, and harmonies by night.  It was one of the most creative periods of my life and, at the time, I thought I’d still be living down there at the age of 27.

Recording Studio

The album that I’ve been working on off and on for a couple years now is in full production mode.  Up until a few months ago, I only had a few songs half-written.  And even though I’m still not close to finished, it’s starting to take shape.  Feeling the Cleve, an album influenced by my last five years living in Ohio, is sounding more and more like a Say Anything, Weird Al, and Taylor Swift hybrid.  It’s lyric-heavy, funny, and completely autobiographical.  It’s also tonally all over the place and sounds like listening to my iTunes library on shuffle.

Lyric BookIt needs work, but I’m not even halfway done yet.  I love creative, personal projects like this.  I’m not even entirely sure I’m going to distribute the album once it’s done.  But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.  For now it’s all about the process…