The Linear Canvas
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My Newest Recording – Hangin’ On To Yesterday

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.

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Video – “Swan Creek” Live (in my kitchen)

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.

Live in my kitchen

My Newest Music Video – The Wavelength

November 17th, 2011 . by Alexander Fisher

I was looking at my web site and I realized I had never posted my most recent music video. I posted it everywhere else except my own site. How’d I forget that?

Alexander Fisher–The Wavelength

I used Sony Vegas Movie Producer to create the video. It is shot entirely with my digital 8mm Sony camcorder using green screen technology.

Music Video – Rain

July 8th, 2011 . by Alexander Fisher

After my mom passed away I heard this song in my head constantly. I recorded it and then made this video using a green screen. I’ll probably do one of my originals green screen next time.

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Music Video – Days Go By

March 8th, 2011 . by Alexander Fisher

I took a trip to the lake with my video camera and made a music video for my newest musical recording Days Go By. This is the first music video I’ve ever created.

I used Pinnacle Studio v12 to produce the video.

 

Slade – Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Video)

April 20th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

album-Slade-SlayedIn the early ‘70’s, several British bands like Slade were being promoted as “The Next Beatles”. Along with T. Rex and David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars, Slade helped front a British “glam” rock music scene that was usually more about long hair, wearing striped pants and knee high boots while playing hard rock music, than screaming girls at airports. Some of their other top 40 hit songs, besides Mama Weer All Crazee Now, included Coz I Luv You, Look Wot You Dun, Take Me Bak ‘Ome, Gudbuy T’ Jane, and Cum On Feel the Noize.

The hard rock band Quiet Riot seemed to make a career out of covering Slade songs in the 1980’s. They recorded this song and also had a big hit with Cum On Feel the Noize. While Quiet Riot’s covers were good, I always preferred the original Slade recordings.

Slade is a sometimes forgotten component of my early seventies musical tastes, along with other rock groups like Bloodrock and Rare Earth. They made some of the best, purest hard rock of their time. They just weren’t very good at spelling.

 

 

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David Ruffin – My Whole World Ended The Moment You Left Me (video)

April 10th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

This is one of my favorite songs of all time. This video must have been made for a television show. It is pretty bland and it shows an unenthusiastic, or self-conscious David Ruffin. This song is his first single after leaving The Temptations in 1968. I don’t know how you couldn’t be freaked out being filmed in a large studio like this while trying to lip-sync, all by yourself. I love every non-synced minute of it.

David Ruffin’s dancing in this video proves you can take the man out of The Temptations, but you can’t take The Temptations out of the man.

 

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Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way (video)

April 5th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

I was a Humble Pie fan and was aware of Peter Frampton from about 1973 on. I had purchased the studio album this song was on in 1975. As much as I liked it, it didn’t seem to be catching on with my friends so much. Even then, I would not have believed that his following live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, would make him such a household name. Obviously bowing to record company marketing, his next album  I’m In You was aimed at a disco-pop market that really didn’t like his rock and roll style. So no one liked it, even us rockers. I hated the album cover and the title song just stunk. There are some good songs on it, but for myself and my friends, it burst the bubble.

 

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Dusty Springfield – Get Ready (video)

March 28th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Dusty Springfield had one of the most unheralded soulful voices of the sixties. I think she just tears this song up, hits every note, and while wearing an evening gown (or is that a maxi dress?). The sound engineer in me wonders why they didn’t make her take her rings off as every time she changes hands with the mike, you hear a click.  click.

 

 

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Cheap Trick – Auf Weidersehen (video)

March 7th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Cheap Trick really kicked butt live as evidenced by the fact that no one ever really paid that much attention to them until their Cheap Trick at Budokan (1979) live album was released. Then it became a little too much about songs  like I Want You To Want Me and other power pop rock tunes in their repertoire, for me at least. I’m glad they got the attention, because they deserved it. They are all great hard rock musicians and even rockers have mortgages and car payments.

I saw them live once and guitarist Rick Nielsen must have tossed six guitars over the backdrop after he was done playing them. I am sure someone was catching them, hopefully. He also had a custom five neck guitar that was very cool. He didn’t throw that one, at least not that day.

 

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