It's my birthday, and I'm giving you a gift: an MP3 version of "The Bite," the first single from my forthcoming album, I'll Live.
"The Bite" was the first song written/created by Greta's Unmentionables, the band for whom I play rhythm guitar (whenever we can get together). The first day the four of us went into a rehearsal studio together in March 2014, I played them the opening riff, and we quickly built a song around it. I finished up the lyrics later. While we still haven't recorded our definitive version yet, I decided (with the band's blessing) to cover the song myself. Let me know what you think!
Thirty-five of I'll Live's forty-two tracks are completed. Yes, it's a big frakkin' album! Another three are mostly done, and I should be able to finish the last few shortly. While I do intend to create more music in the future, I may opt for EP and single releases rather than putting out another album, so I wanted to make this definitive. The better songs from my 2004 debut, Joy in the New, will be included alongside tunes I've recorded since then.
For those who haven't really heard my music before... it's my music. I've heard that my voice sounds a bit like Lou Reed or Frank Zappa or early David Byrne. My sound has been compared to Talking Heads, R.E.M., Pete Townshend... I think you can definitely hear certain influences in certain parts of certain songs, but in the end, I'm pretty sure I only sound like me. I don't have a polished voice. I don't play a lot of lead or solo guitar. I do like to dabble in different genres of music. I'm OK with all of this.
Oh, right, the song... You can download "The Bite" here at ReverbNation until September ends; you'll still be able to stream it on the site after that. I hope you like the track (which I will probably make available as an official single soon), and I'd love to hear your feedback. And I won't bug you with another newsletter until the album's ready, before 2017 is upon us...
Happy birthday to me, and 'til next time... rock on!