May 24th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
As long as I remember, Ready for Love has been one of my favorite songs. Guitarist Mick Ralphs wrote the song back in the early 1970’s when he was with the band Mott the Hoople. It appeared on their All the Young Dudes LP. It was titled Ready for Love / After Lights on the album sleeve mainly because of the ending, I think. After Mick left Mott, he formed the band Bad Company and the song appeared on their first album as well. I consider my version to be a little closer to the Mott the Hoople version as I perform my own version of the After Lights ending. I think it rocks harder than either of the other versions though.
I played my Fender Stratocaster guitar, Rickenbacker 4001 Bass, and my Ludwig drums on this track. I sang all the vocals. I used my Fostex VF-16 multi-track recorder to record the original tracks. I used Cakewalk Sonar X1 Producer Expanded and Sony Sound Forge to remix and edit the song.
May 20th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I have been playing She Talks To Angels almost since it was released by the original artist, the Black Crows. I recorded it once before with my niece singing the lead vocal. She was dissatisfied with the resulting recording and I never posted it. It was in a key that just didn’t suit her voice very well. I had a pretty hot guitar solo in it so I was a little disappointed.
I recently recorded it all over again and did the lead vocals and most of the background vocals. I had my wife Jill fill in some of the background vocals for me as well. I played all the instruments.
I used my Takamine acoustic guitar, and Rickenbacker bass, in addition to a Roland Octapad and Roland slave keyboard. I recorded it using Cakewalk Sonar X1 and edited the file properties with Sony Sound Forge v9.
April 17th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I originally recorded Hangin’ On To Yesterday just after I got hurt about three years ago. I was sitting in a wheelchair throughout the recording. I added a violin, remixed it, and remastered it just recently.
I wrote it about my friend Vickie Farmer just after I found out she passed away. We had known each other since junior high. We had an odd relationship from the very start. But it seemed we always got along better when it was just the two of us.
I originally recorded it on my Toshiba netbook using Sonar 6. Mainly because I couldn’t go downstairs to use anything else at the time. But I had wondered if my netbook could be used to record. I proved it could, with this song. Though mixing and other editing proved difficult on such a small screen.
I used Sonar X1 Producer Expanded to mix and master this version. I also used Sony Sound Forge 9 to do some editing. I added the strings using Dimension Pro with my Roland MIDI controller. The guitar was my Takamine G Series Jumbo acoustic.
April 15th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I recorded myself recently, performing the song “Swan Creek” off my upcoming CD, in my kitchen. I used my Sony Digital camcorder and recorded it with a Shure SM-27 condenser microphone.
February 12th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I was listening to an old audio tape and a voice out of the past (a much younger me) told “me” to record this music. I even gave “myself” the chords and I even played them a few times for “me”.
When I started recording A Lonesome Breeze, I only needed one more good song to have enough to be able to release my best CD yet. The other songs are all good, but I just felt I needed another really good one to finish up the project. I had already put together seventeen other songs and I was only going to pick about ten songs for the album. I just wanted plenty to choose from.
I wasn’t real sure what the song was about at first, but I watched a recent PBS Frontline episode about the thieves on Wall Street and right there and then I knew I had my subject.
On the recording I used my Fender Stratocaster guitar though my Line 6 POD, Rickenbacker 4001 bass, Roland Octapad and Session Drummer 3. I also sang both lead and background vocal parts. I was having trouble with my Sonar X1 DAW installation and the Tascam FW1804 on my main recording computer. So, much of this was recorded using Sonar v8.5 and my PreSonus Firebox on my old computer. I was able to do the final mix and mastering in X1 though. I also used Sony Sound Forge v9 in the edit process.
February 7th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I wrote Gone for Good about a friend whose marriage had just ended. Many of the things he said to me about what happened are included in the song. I won’t tell you who it was. If you guess I’ll lie. A hint is the picture included with the widget player. Good luck.
I had never done much to this song in the “digital age” because its analog recording had been done on some poor behaving tape decks. Once I figured out how to fix it in Cakewalk Sonar, I was able to get the tempo to stay in one place. I played electric guitar on a Fender Stratocaster and an Ibanez LP. The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. The drum sounds are from Session Drummer 3 software using Roland Octapad MIDI pads.
February 7th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I wrote Real in the early 1990’s after I had an incident at work.
I played acoustic guitar on a Yamaha (?). I played electric guitar on a Fender Stratocaster and an Ibanez LP. The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. The drum sounds are from Session Drummer 3 software using Roland Octapad MIDI pads.
February 7th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I wrote Real in the early 1990’s. I am not sure if I wrote this song about anyone in particular, but I know I had several friends whose marriages were in dire straits at the time.
I played electric guitar on a Fender Stratocaster. The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. The drum sounds are from Session Drummer 3 software using Roland Octapad MIDI pads.
January 8th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I just started writing a song and this just came out. It’s a story about a woman that fell on hard times and breaks the monotony by imbibing in the spirits a little too much. It’s more from point of view of those that can’t appreciate the plight of others. Especially when the tales don’t seem to fit the teller. When I think about the story, it has occurred to be that nearly anything could be in the papers. I just let my imagination run wild with it. I’ve known people like her.
I wrote the song and recorded it with my Takamine G Series acoustic guitar, Rickenbacker 4001 bass, tambourine, and Roland slave keyboard. I used Cakewalk Sonar X1 Producer Edition and Sony Sound Forge v9 software.
December 9th, 2012 . by Alexander Fisher
I had recently been recording songs that were very much heavier than I had been creating. Many of the people I have been hanging around for the past year can be at the very least described as hard rockers. Their influence is evident in those last few tracks.
So I was a little surprised at how The Sunniest Day turned out. My wife was describing the music tracks as happy and cheerful. (!!!?) I probably knew I wasn’t going to record an electric song by then, but when she said that I was a taken aback. But once the music was finished, I wasn’t really inspired to write any lyrics. So the music just sat for about a month.
Recently I forced myself to finish one of the four songs I was sitting on, all without lyrics. I had some ideas but nothing that I got very far with. This song was just titled “UNTITLED”. So I had more to do to it than any of the others. After a long listening session and a page full of lyrics, I finished it. Now I only need to write lyrics for the three other songs I have.
Just like many times in the past, I used my wife and best friend, Jill, as a subject for the song. I told my cousin that I probably could release a rock opera soon based on my wife considering how many times she has been a subject in a song.
I wrote the music and lyrics for The Sunniest Day. I also sang all the vocal parts and created the music tracks. I played my Takamine acoustic guitar, Rickenbacker 4001 bass, and a tambourine. The keyboards are all from my Roland MIDI slave keyboard played through the Dimension Pro synthesizer. The sounds are Hammond organ , piano, and strings. I used a Shure SM-27 condenser microphone for most of the vocals. I also used a Shure SM-58 for some of the background vocals. I programmed the drums with Session Drummer 3 using a Roland Octapad MIDI drum pad. I recorded the tracks using Cakewalk Sonar X2 Producer Expanded on my Tascam FW-1804 PC interface. The PC is an AMD 2.7GHz 6 core running on an Asus motherboard with 16 GB of Corsair DDR3 memory and an nVidia video card with 1.5 GB of on board memory.