Sunday, December 21, 2008

Vocal Demos Are Finished!

Yikes, this has been a long process. The singers that came in were all so great with their time and talent, it was awe-inspiring. I tend to vacilate between thinking my songs are "teenage symphonies to God" and thinking that they're worse than the sound of a cat being neutered. But in the hands of a singer that knows their business, it's like the songs take on a whole new life.

I've put up samples of all the songs on the website and hopefully these demos will be of some help when we start we rehearsing the show.

Now onto arranging the instruments...(sorry Kristen and Kit!)

Friday, December 19, 2008

16 down - 1 to go

I've completed 16 demos of the 17 songs in the show as of last night. If the weather cooperates, I should be able to get the last one done on Saturday. I'm assuming, of course, that I'll have no such luck and that I'll be into the new year before I can finish that one song.

After that, I still need to work out arrangements and that's a little scary sometimes because while I can hear the instrument in my head, I find it difficult sometimes to translate that into actual notes.

On the other hand, when I opened the guitar book for "The Last 5 Years", one of the directions was "bluesy fill" in leiu of actual notes. So, if a Broadway show can get away with notation like that, maybe I can too!

Yeah, right.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

By the way....

I am THRILLED that some of the fans of Night of the Musical Dead on Facebook are people that I do not know at all.

I LOVES the internets....

Thirteen down: Four to go!

Demos. I'm recording demos because when I did Lint! The Musical, the demos were all with my voice and while I struggled over the sheet music for each song, it turned out that most singers just wanted a CD to listen to and the lyrics to look at. I know that I'll still have to transcribe everything eventually, but for right now, it's been interesting figuring out the arrangements and harmonies without thinking about how it looks on the page. I've got 13 songs completed and there are just four more and then I'm done with demos! (Until I decide that the show needs even more songs, of course.)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.

Ooh, look at Bill, he's SO very high-tech. Blogging is SO cutting edge. (If this were 2000)

Alright, so I'm gonna talk about the process of creating a brand new musical. "Night of the Musical Dead" was begun pretty much the morning after I signed a contract with Heuer Publishing to publish my earlier musical, "Lint! The Musical" that I co-wrote with Scott Auden. I guess that once the mental anguish of haggling over contractual details was finished, my brain cleared up enough to think about new projects. Well, this is the piece of spaghetti that stuck to the wall out of the whole pot.