Man, I wrote a really great synth solo for “Kitchen” yesterday. It rocks hard. I’ll stand by that. I really think it’s gold star shit. It’s interesting, soulful, and intelligent. It’s just in the right place, too. I actually don’t know how I did it. I just set my mind to it and started writing with the intention of getting something useable, and boom, out came that. I’m happy.
So, I’m really happy about that. And, I think the kick/bass combo is finally on the level of finished. All I have to do is check it, test it, and sleep on it a few times and love it. When I love it, that’s when it’s done. I put care into this stuff and try to make my own dreams come true, and I’m not going to sell myself short and just scratch something together over a few days and publish it out. Things turn into other things over time – they morph, they mature, they solidify. That’s why I’m glad I’m not in a rush. This version has that maturity written all over it. I’m happy about it.
And, it’s the same thing with “Fine”. It just keeps getting better and better. I was playing pool listening to it and thought, ya know, that chorus could sure use a hi-hat or shaker or tambourine… So, I tested a few instruments out from my percussion bin of various bells, shakers, tambs, and noise-makers. The brass tambourine was the ticket. I set up the gear and overdubbed it in. Makes a huge difference – it really distinguishes it from the pre-chorus, now.
So, it really keeps me “in the groove”, working with site stuff in both places – toggling back in the morning. It’s like staying warmed up.