Thursday, October 1, 2015

FP Update: 10.01.2015

Howdy Howdy...

Here's the latest:

1) 'Antebellum': We now have a full band rough demo of our song 'Antebellum' recorded. We've struggled with this one for quite a while as we had to work around certain specific melodic phrases, riffs, etc that were integral to the song. Sometimes when writing songs we'll start with a bunch of random riffs or bits that just happen naturally as we play off of each other's ideas at band practice. From there we'll often change/mutate things as needed to make everything flow better and to make room for everyone's ideas. But with 'Antebellum' we realized that some elements of the song shouldn't be changed or modified from their original forms and so we somewhat tied our own hands and made ourselves revolve around certain parts accordingly. Tricky business. We did try a few times to modify our original 'keeper ideas' but to no avail. In the end it meant we just had to do a lot of 'trial and error' until things seemed 'right' as a whole. In other words we had to work for this one a bit more than usual. And that ate up a lot of time along the way. No biggie though. Glad we figured it out and that everything is cohesive and awesome. Some details won't need to be finalized until we go in and start tracking our parts for real, but for now we have a good map in front of us. Next Step: Record a better 'pre-production' version of everything to see if there are any more gremlins to deal with before we commit to actual recording sessions. Feels good to have the gist of the entire song figured out and moving forward...



2) 'Five Stitches': We are moving along quite nicely on this one as well. It's going to be a fun narrative sort of thing, quirky and eclectic, and a real head scratcher for any music theory armchair refs out there. You know you have great ideas happening whenever you are combining certain notes and phrasing combinations that should be incompatible from a music theory point of view and yet they sound very 'right' in context of the song. Some things can be dissonant and yet completely listenable at the same time which in a way is major accomplishment from a songwriting standpoint. Last night at our practice we even tried realigning certain notes/parts to be 'more compatible' key-wise but ended up likely the original weird mismatches so much more. The instrumentation interplay is going to be incredible on this one...



3) And speaking of stitches, Matt injured one of his thumbs quite badly helping his wife cut some cardboard and styrofoam for one of her cake projects. He filleted the tip of his thumb wide open to the point of exposing bone (the bone itself is what prevented the blade from going any further). Stitches may or may not have been advisable, but Matt opted to tough it out and just keep it clean and wrapped up real good. So Matt is currently on the FP Injured Reserve list until he can bend/move his thumb and hold drumsticks again. At least he didn't lose his entire thumb in the process (although having a nine-fingered drummer would surely make for memorable band trivia)...  :-)

So that's all for now. Plodding forward and writing songs. Stay tuned...

~ Todd

Sunday, September 6, 2015

FP Update: 09.06.2015

Howdy Howdy...

Here's the latest:

1) 'Antebellum' is in the thick of writing/arranging and is coming along nicely now. We have messed with this song on-and-off for a couple years and just never felt like it was quite ready to push. Until now. We've been after this one for the past several writing sessions and we're experimenting with who plays which phrases and when, overall song dynamics, lyric revisions, etc.  And finally it seems to be ready to flesh-out and develop fully...without us forcing anything. Which is good for the song of course. I took a quick pic of a section of my lyrics...which have already been tweaked since the pic was taken. (See below) 



2) We have inadvertently set aside writing 'Ode To Falling' and 'Again' as well as finishing up the production/recording of 'Getting Away'. All of those are on the radar but in the meantime we've been stockpiling new material for other songs. A couple of fun (and quirky) songs in the works are 'Five Stitches' and another song that doesn't have an official name yet which I have been code-naming 'The Donkey Song'.  Both are going to be tricky to play and sing but lots of fun...  :-)

3) We were hoping to have all of these songs developed and ready to start recording drums sometime this coming Fall but realistically it looks like more of a late-Winter/early-Spring timeframe for that. Takes a lot of organization and pre-production and we aren't going to just mash a bunch of ideas together in hopes that they work. Songs are like flowers and some take longer than others to grow and bloom. The main thing right now is to keep putting the proverbial sunshine and rain on them and let nature takes its course.

That's all for now. Busy is as busy does...

Friday, February 13, 2015



'Rabbit Hole'
by FP
© 2015 The FP Theory

Credits:
Music: W Todd Reynolds, Matt Goodner, Jake Lockard, Robert Shepherd
Lyrics: W Todd Reynolds
Drums: Matt Goodner
Bass, Backing Vocals: Jake Lockard
Guitars: Robert Shepherd
Guitars, Vocals, Banjo: W Todd Reynolds
Additional Backing Vocals: Jeff Nardoni
Produced by FP
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by W Todd Reynolds
Mastered by Blake LaGrange and Patrick Adams at Mercury Mastering, Oceanside, CA


Lyrics:

(Verse 1)

Don't go down in the Rabbit Hole...
He'll find you and he'll steal your soul...
Things down there you can't control...
I said “Don't go down in the Rabbit Hole...”

(Chorus 1)

Don't play with Mr. Rabbit...
Don't even say his Name...
You'll never break the Habit...
Once you play his Game...

(Verse 2)

Don't go down in the Rabbit's Den...
There's no way out once you go in...
He'll let you play but you can't win...
Then he'll cut you off with an evil grin...

(Chorus 2)

Don't play with Mr. Rabbit...
Don't even say his Name...
You'll never break the Habit...
And you'll never get away...

(Verse 3)

Don't go down in the Rabbit's Lair...
Where the Truth dies out and no one cares…
He'll size you up with a cold dark stare...
(And) Then he'll slit your throat and just leave you there...

(Chorus 3)

Don't play with Mr. Rabbit...
Don't even say his Name...
You'll never break the Habit...

(Spoken Outro)

Don't go down in the Rabbit Hole
Cause there's things down there you can't control...
I said “Don't go down in the Rabbit Hole”...
He's gonna get you (get you)...

(If) You go down there you're going to your grave...
But he'll tell you there's money to be made...
Once you're in the hole you're gonna misbehave...
It's gonna get you (get you)...


© 2015 The FP Theory