The Ballad of Sasquatch!
It’s my first new whole song I’ve written in a while… Not counting the two I’ve had on the back burner since January.
This is as much about songwriting as it is about getting more comfortable using the Presonus recording software Studio One. I’ve owned it for about two year, but haven’t really taken the time to learn how to use it properly. I’ve been dying to start recording stuff , learn the software, and finally got off my rear to do it.
About the song. It started out with an email I got from the Home recording forum I’m a member of, announcing a new songwriting contest, where the prize for the winning entry is a nice packet of free software!. The rules are you have to write a song using the words “Sasquatch”, “Kick”, and “Machine”. Yeah… The name of the software in question is indeed “Sasquatch Kick Machine”! Well, what started out as just a simple little semi-throw away ditty soon evolved into a complete song! I was musing on the concept of what it must be like to be a sasquatch. Because they are reported to be rather solitary creatures, this line promptly popped into my head:
Tall and awkwardThe second line immediately led to the concept that the main character is not the creature itself, but rather a guy who is disfigured and misunderstood and has become a hermit. I named him “Herbert” because…. Well…. It’s just kind of an odd name for a misunderstood guy!
Here’s the lyrics:
(verse)It feels too long for my taste. I’ll probably edit it down a bit. Had a bitch of a time getting my mandolin playing in sync with the click track when recording. It still isn’t perfect, but I managed to play both the left and right mando tracks all the way through with no patches. There are many imperfections. But, for the moment, I’m happy with it.
Now I have to decide what other instruments to tack on.
Anyway. Enjoy! And tell me what you think.
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