Friday, April 03, 2009

Chopped




OK. We were at Emon's place yesterday. You'll want to head back over there for PART TWO. Before you go, though, I need to tell you about the song you'll hear.

You may have heard it before as a piece entitled Hellbop. It is now called Chopped, and here's why.

When I originally let you hear the preliminary mix, I asked for suggestions. I got some. Surprisingly, none of them told me to shove it up my wazoo. The suggestions were almost uniformly well-intended, and some were even helpful. Stu, in particular, tried to give me some heartfelt direction, but much of what he suggested was beyond the scope of the facilities and equipment I had to work with, as well as beyond my talent, but I wasn't willing to admit that.

The person who deserves the most credit (or blame) for the finished product is Green Jello. Her commentary said, "Sounds like a motorcycle traveling somewhere kind of song." She was right. The song suggested movement, so I incorporated some FX and it is now called Chopped. That's a term connected with motorcycles. It's also appropriate because of what I had to do to some of the parts I recorded in order to make them fit.

Anyway, if you listen to Hellbop, and then listen to Chopped over at Emon's place, it's interesting to hear how a song evolves from conception to fairly-finished product. I want to be sure, though, that you understand this is still only what I would put together to show some bandmates what my ideas were concerning a song. It would still evolve from this point.

Enough explanation. Please go and read PART TWO, listen to the song, and I hope you enjoy it all, whatever it is.

Soon, with more better stuff.


12 comments:

lime said...

that was a fun read for learning more about how you evolved as a musician. and i think "chopped" is a great new name for the piece. i totally get the motorcycle vibe, now if i just had a beautiful warm day and a bike to take off on....mmmmm...

(you do know i was a 3 yr old biker chick, right?)

GreenJello said...

No good deed goes unpunished, eh? :)

LOVE "Chopped". Funny thing was, I could totally hear the motorcycle engine in your first version... at least in my head. Hearing it incorporated into "Chopped" gave me a huge smile. :D

Great interview!

Buck said...

I DID enjoy the interview... and "Chopped," as well. The end-product is just pretty danged cool. You are a talented man, Jim!

i beati said...

and she did and she does

Moannie said...

There is a word for multi-talented, besides multi-talented I mean. And that is you.

Veri. word is: Foutbowe...could that be Jeffrey Chaucer speak for Football?

Cath said...

Loads of info. I now suffer from Suldog overload....

Excellent interview and writing. Very informative - and entertaining!

endangered coffee said...

you still have to call something Hellbop. Can't leave a title like that just hanging out there.

Stu said...

I think you under-rate your lead guitar abilities - you've got some sway there, my friend, and you can't play if you ain't got no sway... -- and, oddly, my word verification for this comment is unjamon - un-jam-on -- hmmmm....

Carolina said...

Your music is a lot better than Wim's song (you look quite similar, have you noticed that?). Now the only thing you need is a fun videoclip!
I really like Chopped!

Pouty Lips said...

Sully, suffice it to say that we have so much in common it is rattling my nerves a bit. Unbelievable; everything from listening to Deep Purple as a teen o my reading the World Book Encyclopedia as a child. But I never inhaled! Who would have thunk it?

Woman in a Window said...

That's you rocking on in the locks, isn't it. We didn't date, right, 'cause you sure like my University boyfriend. But then he was a shit. Couldn't have been you.

Janet said...

I still plan to get my own motorcycle someday.