February’s Song – Beneath a Pyramid

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February’s song was supposed to be a ukulele song.  That was the plan.  I’d come up with the best part ever a good part, and recording it would be easy.  All I had to do was tune up, press record and play my heart out.  Piece of cake.  So I tuned up, pressed record and played my heart out, but somehow the magic wasn’t able to make across the three inch canyon separating my strings from the mic.

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This lead to a minor panic.  February, as we all know, is a short month.  January’s song wasn’t finished until the 31st, and this time I only had 28 days.  So I did what any normal person would do when pressed for time.  I recorded four cello tracks with my fingers crossed, hoping that would make things better.  It did, and after adding mandolin and vocals the magic started to return.  Just for fun, I decided to hear what the song sounded like without the original ukulele part.  Lesson learned: sometimes a ukulele song sounds better without the ukulele.  Who knew?

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I recorded six different types of shoes for the “stomps” in the song. Here are three of them.

The other part of the plan for February’s song was record foot stomping, hand clapping and finger snapping percussion.  My friend Brian gave me the idea a few years ago when I recorded cello parts for Rabbit King.  I’ve always loved how that simple rhythm makes the whole thing sound awesome.  And since I can can’t play drums, this is something I’ve always wanted to try myself.

And as for the lyrics, they describe the time I was trapped underneath one of the great pyramids in Egypt without any light or idea of how to get out.  In short, a standard life experience that everyone goes through and can relate to.

p.s. I want to thank everyone who sent me such supportive feedback for the first song.  Knowing so many people enjoyed “Strangely Warm” is making it much easier to keep up with my New Year’s resolution.  I hope you enjoy this one, too.

12 thoughts on “February’s Song – Beneath a Pyramid

    1. Josh says:

      Glad you liked it!

  1. Rachel Knox says:

    Fantastic song, Josh!! Another winner! (Well, aren’t they all?)

  2. Aline and Geoff says:

    Wow, impressive yet again! I am really enjoying your addition of lyrics.
    A

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks so much! I’m curious about where I’ll be with the vocals in a few months. It’s going to be an interesting year!

  3. G Sawicki says:

    Can’t wait for each month on vinyl at the end of 2013!

  4. Amanda says:

    This makes me want to dance! I love the stomps, claps and snaps!

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks! They were super fun.

  5. Yunjung says:

    Fantastic music! Addition of claps and snapping really made the whole thing more vivid. Can’t wait for a new one..

    1. Josh says:

      I’m working on it! Should be done…. by the end of the month!

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