Although I have taken a brief break from music over the summer, do not conclude that I was done. No. I just took some time to build my creativity back up and fully soak in some things that were happening around me to begin the writing process again.
In fact I utilized this time to also revisit another project that was completed way back in 2002...Solorayz. This lead to several good things. First is the remix of Dirty Little Secret which is featured in another blog post here. Second is this "weekend writing" of a new song Fall To Pieces. This time I used my wife Stacy on the vocals and am really excited by the outcome. Hope you like it. Listen below!
Some "projects" really stick out in my brain. Solorayz is one of those. Solorayz was basically a band that consisted of Rayna Rogers, Sharon Strosnider, and me. The style was an Electro-Alternative Emo (for the most part) with a bit of Pop flair for good measure. We finished an album in 2002 called Songs from the Couch.
There were several songs on there that I have always wanted to revisit. Dirty Little Secret was one of them. This month I spent some time reworking from the original recording and have created an entirely new arrangement.
It can be both fantastic and humbling when a song comes together quickly. When it takes longer, whether it be a hiccup in the writing process or the production, it can be both frustrating and humbling...but usually just frustrating. This piece of music is an exception.
The idea for Solar Hole actually fell together quickly. The melody and chords, even the arrangement, all seemed in place. However, this is one of those times that production seemed to be something that got in the way. That being said, the concept was moving together so fast that I barely noticed the issues of putting it together.