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My Album Released – The Galloway Sessions

June 10th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Galloway Sessions CroppedCDBookletOutsideImage I have just released my first album on SAIGATI Records called The Galloway Sessions. It is currently available from Amazon.com as a CD or as individual MP3 tracks. 

The songs on The Galloway Sessions are:

  1. Pray For The Sun
  2. Why Do I Have To Leave This Place?
  3. Wipe Away The Tears
  4. Sorry It Came To This
  5. This Place Is Not Your Home
  6. The Old Prisoner
  7. Hangin’ On To Yesterday
  8. Days Go By

The album is $14.95 for a physical CD (plus any S&H). It can be purchased at the link below:

Alexander Fisher’s "The Galloway Sessions" order page

Each song is available as  MP3 downloads and are available for 99 cents each at the link below. The entire albums is also available as an MP3 download for $7.92.

Alexander Fisher MP3 download page

I hope you enjoy my music as much as I did creating it.

My Newest Recording – The Changeling

June 9th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Mooore's TokenThe Changeling is pretty much autobiographical. As a teenager I used to spend a lot of time in my room with my headphones on and some sort of thing in my hands, as my guitar, playing in front of packed imaginary auditoriums. I grew my hair down to the middle of my back and read Rolling Stone, Creem and Circus magazines dreaming about being a rock and roller when I grew up. I thought I was ready and destined for fame. I had the hair, I just needed a real guitar.

It is also about not having much support in my circle of friends for that dream. Once a “friend” told me I’d never learn to play guitar. I guess he thought that only he had the gift and that I should just give it up. It is also a reference to a song by the 1970’s progressive-rock band, Be-Bop Deluxe and their song Sister Seagull. A changeling normally refers to a child that has been switched at birth with another baby, on purpose or by mistake, sometimes by a fairy or a troll. I always felt my early performances of that song were of a changeling of sorts. Confident that I had what it took before hand, but too scared to perform without being so wasted, pitch went right out the window. I realize now that stage fright is not curable by any chemical courage, it only degrades your performance. It also would have helped to sing Sister Seagull and other songs in my key, not Bill Nelson’s. Not being a student of music at the time, I didn’t know any better.

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The acoustic guitar I played was a Takamine. I played the electric guitars on a Fender Stratocaster. The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. The drums were Ludwig’s. I also played tambourine as well. I recorded this performance right after performing it live at my 25th high school reunion in about 2002. There’s a video tape of that out there somewhere. It originally had a creepy Hammond organ part in it that I left out. I recorded all tracks on my Fostex VF-16 digital multi-track, then transferred them to my computer. I processed the audio with Cakewalk Sonar v8.5 Producer and Sony Sound Forge v9.

My Recorded Cover Songs – One Of The Boys

June 1st, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Fostex VF-16 You can look at the cover songs I have recorded over the years and see what kind of music I grew up listening to. For one you would see that I was a big  Mott The Hoople fan in the mid-seventies. I liked the Ian Hunter ballads, but I loved the Mick Ralphs rockers. When Mick left the band and formed Bad Company, “Mott” lost a little of its appeal to me.

I also remember this song being a turning point in the way I recorded my music too. I believe I had just gotten Sonar 7 Producer digital audio workstation software, and music production got so much easier for me. My copy of Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 had served me well, but it is was really dated. I had really relied mostly on my Fostex multi-track for most of the recording and mixing anyway. Now the Fostex is a bit of a relic, sitting beside my Yamaha 4-track on a a table. I still can use it occasionally, but it only fits into my recording methodology in minor ways now. It’s been a good dog…

One Of The Boys

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The guitar is a Fender Stratocaster electric. The bass is a Rickenbacker 4001. The drums are Ludwig’s. I originally recorded the song on my Fostex VF-16 digital multi-track and processed it with Cakewalk Sonar 7 Producer and Sony Sound Forge. I thought I posted this before. Guess not.