The Linear Canvas
This journal is about the wrongs and rights of the world, as I see them.

The Linear Canvas

My Newest Recording – I Don’t Know

July 8th, 2017 . by Alexander Fisher

I originally wrote this song right after 9/11. That was back when I thought just a small band of ill equipped guys from some small country in the middle east could defeat the United States’ Trillion Dollar military. Like everybody else did for awhile.
There was something about the song I liked, especially with the emotions I had put into writing it. But there was just something about it that I felt was missing and after recording it, I never did anything else to it. I also started doubting the science of what I was being told about what happened on 9/11.
I just happened to come across this song recently and liked it well enough to give it another try. When I wrote the song originally, I came up with the drum part first. That is the only time that has ever happened. I changed the drum sounds on this recording, but I digitized my original performance on my Ludwig’s from back then and used it. I added a piano and polished it all up a bit. I also came to some peace in the way I interpret the meaning of the lyrics I wrote then and what I believe happened now. There is common ground lyrically.
I no longer think just “some guys from the Middle East” could defeat the most heavily armed country in the world. That would be impossible.

My Recorded Cover Songs: A Thousand Years

June 5th, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

 

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I first heard ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri while sitting at Rooster’s eating wings. I looked it up on the phone app Shazam that time and also the next couple of times I heard it. I just couldn’t  get it out of my head. I searched for it on the Internet and got the basic chords and started playing it on piano. I knew I didn’t quite have it right so I bought the sheet music. I started recording it about that time. Here is the finished product. (?) I hope I can get it out of my head now. Recording it usually works.

I have never seen Twilight.

I used: Korg Krome for Piano; 1988 Fender Stratocaster AS guitar; 1972 Rickenbacker 4001 bass; Ludwig Drums w/Zildjian and Paiste Cymbals; Bar Chimes

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CREEM Magazine

March 31st, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

I was just sitting here thinking about the music I listened to when I was a teenager. I read Rolling Stone magazine a lot. But CREEM magazine was a big influence as well. They talked about a lot of name acts like David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Kiss, but they were also writing about The Dictators, New York Dolls, and The Ramones. I remember they had a full photo spread once called “Wayne County At Home” which were photos of a cross dressing punk singer lounging around his house in a dress, heels and a bouffant hairdo. The good old days.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creem

My Recorded Cover Songs – Ready for Love (remix)

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.

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My Recorded Cover Songs – She Talks To Angels

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.

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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.

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 Recording–A Lonesome Breeze

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.

My Newest Recording–Gone for Good

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.

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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.

My Newest Recording – Who Gets Hurt

February 7th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher

I wrote Who Gets Hurt in the early 1990’s after I had an incident at work.

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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.

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