During FAWM this year I built a weird instrument. A kalimba glued to a board, with various strings on it to make a slide guitar WITH some what I hoped would be sympathetic strings (but that part didn't work out so well). It looks like this:
So I had to use it for 50/90. I recorded 3 tracks with it. One was slide playing, one was plucking the kalimba tines, and the last one was strumming the sympathetic strings. If I devoted a lot more time to that instrument maybe I could do it all at once. But it's kinda 3 instruments.
This is basically a loose jam, everything improvised without a lot of planning. There’s an actual guitar too, a telecaster with heavy fuzz. And a bit of Wurlitzer electric piano sound.
I've read about people caught up in the wildfires in the western US, and the lyrics are a quick write -- impressions of what that may be like. A friend of mine lost her mom in a California wildfire a couple of years ago, which makes it even more vivid.
Oh, that homemeade instrument is not actually tuneable, so there's some wonky tuning going on here.
My dog started barking at something outside right about in the middle of the song. I think you can hear it.
Kalimbatron was recorded direct into the computer because it was late. The guitar parts are through a Hudsonics amp with a huge fuzz in front of it, which gave me lovely guitar feedback through a 1-watt amp. Nice.
This may be the last gasp for me! We'll see, but I suspect this is my last tune in this 50/90 cycle.
The world's on fire
we breathe the smoke
we smell the houses
that used to stand on the ridge
the glow extends
forever in the distance
cross back and forth
fighting or fanning
I lived there most of my life
that house WAS me
I knew every inch of the interior
I knew the yard up to the fence
and I knew miles of woods
in every direction
the heat on my skin
not just on the surface
the wind rushes by
just like a train
we had no time to get anything together
they came up the road and they said we had to go
Get in the car.
We won't be back
except maybe next week
to look for remains.
Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.