Skip to main content

New Song - "First Next"

I wrote this on a napkin in a casino lounge in Las Vegas back in November.

Then I went back to my hotel room and fleshed it out with the travel guitar.

Then I drove around on Facebook live and sang harmonies over it for a while.

...and then it sat.. and sat.. and sat...

I hired two different producers to work on it and it was coming out all wrong.

Every which way I tried to produce it was a mess.

This thing happens where producers hear my voice and they want it low and slow. Always slowing down the tempo, it must be a sad song with that deep voice. I'm like, "no, this is practically a showtune that should be upbeat!" so they speed up the tempo and it still sounds bad. It's frustrating.

I saw an interview with musical prodigy Lindsey Jordan (aka Snail Mail) the other day where she talked about a trick she pulled on one of her songs to keep it sounding more interesting.

So last night I opened a new Garageband window and thought I would try again, but it still sucked.

I went to bed discouraged about it as usual.

This morning while waiting for my waffles in the toaster I had an idea. I had the drums replaced with an electric bass playing the drumline, then I applied the Snail Mail trick. Viola! Finally it sounded right.

My production is amateurish but the song finally sounds like it should. 

You can hear it here for now, and I'll get it pushed out to all the normal services ASAP.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sam Pocker at the WFMU Record Fair 2019

I'll be setting up shop at the WFMU Record Fair in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center on April 26th to 28th.

I'll be selling these amazing one-of-a-kind handmade, numbered, limited edition (10 of each title) 7" records:



Along with some record fair exclusive t-shirts:




There will also be handmade copies of my book "How I Made Seven Albums in Eleven Months" with never-before-seen photographs and I will have some digital box sets housed in framed photos by Brooklyn based photographer Adalena Kavanagh.

I hope you'll stop by, take some selfies, and buy some stuff. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Making the Show - The Process of Creating a Show for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019

I'd been trying for some time to put together an opera called "The Holy Trinity" which took place the night Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears went joyriding together about ten years ago. I had written a treatment, sketched out some ideas, and even had a poster made. Then I kept looking at how to produce it and there was simply no way it wasn't going to lose money.



During the discovery process for that project I learned about the Hollywood Fringe Festival which seemed to be the least expensive way to present the work. I looked at some theaters and when I called the one that seemed to be the best fit I was asked what my show was about. "Oh, we had a show just like that last year," was the immediate reply.

After doing some research I saw there was a show with a similar theme that was nothing at all like what I was working on. Regardless, I knew that popular opinion would simply be that my show was a copy of that show and it would cause the show t…

Sam Pocker - Wikipedia

"Hey Sam,Despite having press links from high authority websites, the context of wiki page is not notable. You might get a Wikipedia page live for a day or two but when it goes through the sight of 'Wikipedia reviewers', they'll take it down." This was the email I received from a wikipedia editor who had offered to help me get a page. Why did I want a Wikipedia entry? I felt like it would be the easiest way for someone who had just discovered my work to see the multifaceted overarching body of work. Nobody really cares, but I had put in the effort into writing one anyway.

The editor didn't want to see the article or know anything about me, he just asked for some of the footnote links. I sent the first few that came to mind : The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Daily News, Washington Post, etc.. There are so many more that I didn't even bother to dig up after he shot down the idea.

I don't question his knowledge of the system, but it still feels bad. Like m…