It's been very busy lately (so what else is new, lol). But I'm afraid that I've not had much time to make music or write. But I've still been playing when I can, helping a very good friend with some chapter critiques, and have actually generated some new story ideas that I hope -- someday -- might actually get written.
Also, I did get a little free time over the last week or so, and I managed to put together another Wikiloops jam. I found a track from last September with a very cool keyboard progression by wikiloops jammer Neddings, with some vocal percussion added by member Calle. I really liked the mix of the electronic keys with the organic vocal percussive effects, and thought it would make a great template to jam over.
I added a bass track, and then several guitars, and the overall feel to me was of one of fun, warmth, a sense of a happy day in the summer, so I called the finished piece "Summertime Smile."
I invite you to take a listen by clicking on the link HERE.
If you've listened to some of my previous work, you know that there are times I like blending a lot of guitars into a piece. I did that again here, but I tried to avoid cluttering up any individual section with a lot of conflicting lines. This jam has a beginning section with a fixed melody line, and the overall structure is that of a jazz jam -- play that "head" melody line, trade solos over the middle, and then play the head again at the end. I also tried to vary textures. For example, there's a chunky rhythm guitar that drops out at the part where the delay-heavy, spacey guitar lead comes in. For at least the first time through the progression in that part, the only guitar is that one, and only the original keys and vocal percussion along with my bass are in the background.
The original template track also had that cool bridge section with the chord changes and I think that really helps to add interest and change. So while this is still a "jam" in that it has a fun, 'in-the-moment' sense, with the general "play-it-and-don't-worry-about-making-it-perfect" feel of a jam, I also tried to add enough structure to give it a 'finished' sense, too. There were several harmony guitars added, doubling and contrasting lines played by earlier guitars. The "head" melody has three guitars playing together, and I hope it adds texture without too much clutter.
Thank you very much for listening. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to let me know your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback -- I'm always interested in your opinion.
*Photo by Chris Fries