Needed percussion. Gettin me some percussion.

It’s time for a gear post. Later tonight I’ll be showing off my full arsenal in my tiny apartment studio, which will include:

  •  Fender American Standard Telecaster – into a Fender Blues Jr. III.
  •  Fender American Standard Precision Bass – into an Ampeg BA-108
  •  Takamine Acoustic/Electric (I will be back with the model number)
  •  Deering Goodtime Banjo
  •  Yamaha Keyboard (on loan from a friend)
  •  Plus an assortment of pedals

Hey I’ve got, like a full band! Except percussion. Well I wasn’t planning on getting a drum set anytime soon and was just planning on relying on loops or friends to get that lovely “oontz ahhtch.” However, I stumbled upon the Electro Faustaus Drum Thing on Cheaper Pedals website, and decided to go for it. For $60 I’ll soon be adding all sorts of weird beats to my tracks.

Stay tuned.

COVER: Tom Petty’s “Breakdown”

I am currently taking guitar lessons, just as I have on & off since about 5th grade. There is always something to learn. My current teacher is the best kind of teacher – his lessons focus on becoming a better musician as a whole. We got together about a month ago and had a recording lesson. He had me play the lead, rhythm, bass and sing vocals for Tom Petty’s “Breakdown.” Everything was a once-through, so it’s a tad sloppy, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s also not the whole song, so I will likely revisit this cover to complete the whole thing.

Breakdown, come on baby…

ORIGINAL: “Oh Marie”

On Reddit, there is a VERY small subreddit called /r/songwritingprompts. The idea is that someone will post a prompt to write a song and users will write an original song based on that prompt.

Well, there aren’t many posts, but one prompt was as follows:

“A wife just killed her husband. Make me sympathize with both characters.”

So I wrote “Oh Marie.” You sympathize with the husband because of how brutally he is being killed, but he was an asshole who may have deserved it.

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