2022 Singles!

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Rumors
Rumors
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Fever
Fever
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Smokeshow
Smokeshow
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Gaslight
Gaslight
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Relax
Relax
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Dynamite
Dynamite
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I'm In A Bad, Bad Way
I'm In A Bad, Bad Way
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Black Cats & Witch Hats
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Rumors

Fever Single Cover

November 2022 Single Release - Available NOW!

A bit of serendipity happened while producing "Rumors": I realized that I wrote this song exactly 15 years to the day of when I finished producing it & uploaded it to my Patreon page. I wrote the song on October 1, 2007 and uploaded it to Patreon on October 1, 2022. I remember the night I wrote it very vividly. I was coming home from my parents' place, and was about halfway home on an 8-mile trip when the lyrics for the first verse came to me. The words to the chorus quickly followed, and I found myself speeding at 70-80 MPH on a back road that went past the graveyard near where I lived to try to get home to write it down before I forgot any of it. (I was glad I didn't see any ghosts that night; I did sometimes.)

This was among the five songs that a Spokane recording studio & producer were supposed to produce for me; I ended up having to sue them over it (I won). The song eventually got recorded by the band when we were still Make Me Shiver, and while that recording is good, because it came out the day my ex asked me for a divorce, I have never really promoted the album in any significant way; it's too painful. So, I re-did it now that I am producing, engineering, mixing, and mastering my own music. I performed all the music and vocals on this one, including arranging some cello and strings. It's a tango, and I was a little intimidated by the structure of the piece, but I think it really turned out and I can't wait to hear what you all think of it!

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Fever

Fever Single Cover

October 2022 Single Release - Available NOW!

I wrote "Fever" in February as a Valentine's gift for my Tommy Lee. I write him a song for just about every gift-giving holiday that comes around... Christmas, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. He's getting quite the collection... I think we're up to 40 or so, at this point. The lyrics came pretty easy, but it took me a while to get other projects off my plate before I was able to get to the production.

I based the sound off of Belinda Carlisle's "Fool For Love" from her album Heaven On Earth, trying to produce a pop rock track with a real 1980s feel. I think I did manage to capture that. I used a 1998 Jackson DSP Dinky guitar (in iridescent swirl finish) with a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge on it to pull sharps and get that screaming guitar sound that was so prevalent in the '80s, and ran that through my duoVerb tube amp on the AC15 setting to get the guitar sounds.

I really love how it turned out, and I hope that you do, too!

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Smokeshow

Smokeshow Single Cover

September 2022 Single Release - Available NOW!

I had the word "smokeshow" written in a note on my phone for almost a year before I started writing it. I had this idea of a song about everything that makes someone attractive to someone else, but of course, that's too broad of a topic. It took me a while to even get to start writing it. Usually, when I have an idea like this, if I think about it long enough, something will come to me... a turn of phrase, some kind of hook... but months later, nothing had come to me about it.

Then, I took the class where I had to produce songs and I thought, this is the perfect opportunity to force myself to be creative, since I was already having to do that just to produce something. It would have been a lot simpler to just re-do something I had already recorded, but I really wanted to do it from scratch.

I spent almost two weeks trying to write lyrics for "Smokeshow," I had literally had a nearly-completed version that I turned in to the class, but I wasn't really happy with it. I had been experimenting with relative keys, where part of the song is in either the major or minor key and another part of it is in the relative opposite. ("Temptation Eyes" by The Grassroots is an example of this in popular music.) Ultimately, I threw the whole thing out and started over.

Again, I spent another two to three weeks writing and refining the lyrics and adjusting the tune, keeping it in the minor key all the way through this time. The lyrics became this list of attractive things that someone who might not be looking for a relationship would find attractive enough to risk getting burned again. I scavenged some lyrics from a song that I had written in 2003 for the chorus and the whole thing came together after that.

All in all, "Smokeshow" has turned into one of my favorite songs I've produced so far, and maybe that's because it did take so much to write and produce it?

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Gaslight

Gaslight Single Cover

August 2022 Single Release - Available NOW!

I woke up one morning in February of this year with the line, "Tried to hold my tongue but this is goin' down" in my head and ended up writing the rest of "Gaslight" by the end of the day. The song is about people who gaslight others and coming to the realization that that's what's happening and confronting them with it, letting other people know it happened. With a Western feel, "Gaslight" is a midtempo tune with a lot of dynamic qualities in the recording (whistling is HARD, y'all!), and I hope you love it as much as I do! I played all the instruments on this one and did all the engineering, mixing, and mastering, too. Check it out at the links below!

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Relax

Relax Single Cover

July 2022 Single Release

This song's journey to this final form has been a long and winding one that has taken it through 15 drummers, a lawsuit, four studios, and, finally, where it belongs, as the party rockabilly anthem it was always meant to be! "Relax" is a hard-driving tune with thumping bass, chunky guitars, and hard-hitting drums with a wink and a nod at spending a night in the bars or clubs with your friends! Check it out on all the streaming platforms below or download it today from Patreon for just $1/month!

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