Saint Aggie's '84

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On Our Way

My new EP has on it (among other things) my version of ON OUR WAY from Saint Aggie’s ’84. You can check the song out or download it alone or with the whole EP at bandcamp.

***ALSO*** Watch for progress reports from Greensboro NC, where rehearsals are underway at the Weaver Academy for the debut of the full two-act version of the show, opening March 22nd!


SA84 – Edinburgh Fringe Cast Recording

Only a few months later than I’d hoped, but here it is. Please download it. Burn copies. Post it wherever you feel like it. Do with it what you will. I’d really like as many people to hear this recording as possible.

I’d like to thank all of you who were involved in this project for all of your hard work and energy. It’s been an honour to work with you, and I hope we get a chance to work together again.

I’ve already started attacking the next version of Saint Aggie’s ’84, the two act version. Many of these songs won’t be the same next time. Actually I can’t wait to get fixing some of them (completely overhauling a few). In any case there will be some big changes.  I guess that what I’ve realized is that this recording is really just a snapshot of the work we did. That is not say that it is inferior in any way, just that this play is still such a work in progress that this recording can only be considered a snapshot of a point in a process and not something that is a final product. But it’s a great thing to have though, a snapshot…nothing like a good snapshot. Stick it to the fridge with a couple of Quadrophenia magnets that you got at that cool novelty shop. I hope you all feel really good about the work you did. You all looked and sounded great! I couldn’t have asked for more.

I will continue to keep you all informed as to what is happening with the show. I’ll post demos here as new songs get written and I’ll keep everyone informed of upcoming productions.

So here’s the link to download. Let me know what you think!

“All of us off in our own directions will cherish this time we stood on common ground.”


I Am The Juan For You

I will be posting the entire recording tomorrow evening…but here’s one more, just for fun. I’ve been going back and forth between wanting to include the dialog and not wanting to include it. Some of it works well, and some just doesn’t seem to feel right out of context. I think I will post the “with dialog” versions to all of you tomorrow, but use the “no dialog” versions as demos. If someone is interested in doing the show, I will send them the entire recording complete with dialog.

So here’s Juan’s song. So ridiculous. Great to hear Karo sing it again. And thanks to Cassidy for recording her line (that comes at the end) into her iPhone and emailing it to me. Technology…

Einstein & Alice

I’m so nearly finished the Saint Aggie’s recording. It’s incredible how much time it can take pulling all these tiny little details together. It will be up by the end of the week, though. I promise. Here’s one more mix to listen to in the mean time.

On Our Way

(As you can see I’m still working from my laptop because the studio computer is still down!)

I’m starting to finish mixes so I thought I’d post one. There are still a few tweaks here and there but I think it’s getting pretty close. It has to be done soon because I really have to start writing out that Red Lips score! I’m still about half way through editing the strings, but most of the tricky mixing work has been done so as the strings are finished so are the mixes. Should all be complete by the end of the week!

So here is ON OUR WAY as of November 9, 2010.

Recording Continues

If it was 1984, this is the machine that we would most likely have been using to record the show. It’s about the size of a washing machine but weighs 10 times as much and probably cost around a quarter of a million dollars when it first hit the market. You do still find them around (we had a big MCI deck in our studio for a while) and they have a certain something in the way that they sound…but they are just so clunky and expensive to operate. (Not to mention $270 for a roll of tape that gives you only 20 minutes of record time – you try telling a young rock band that the tape costs alone will be 3 grand if they want to use the tape deck!)

Tonight we will be finishing the vocals (for most part) and I will only have the strings left to record. I’m hoping to have the whole thing mixed by the middle of November.

1st Music Rehearsal

A few hours ago we finished the first music rehearsal for Saint Aggie’s ’84. It wasn’t really a rehearsal, I guess. Rehearsals for the show won’t start until early summer. It was more of a chance for all of us to get together and hear what everything is going to sound like.

And everything is going to sound pretty good!!! If I don’t say so myself. Big kudos to everyone!!!

I must say, it was very exciting for me to hear everyone singing together. Nothing like 30+ voices singing full out. It’s huge. I’m still entrenched in writing this piece, and sometimes it feels like it’s just me and a keyboard and the orange box (my laptop). It was so refreshing to change gears for a bit. Can’t wait to get started for real.

Well, back to work…