Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack (24Feb08 recast) -18 Jan 09

Welcome! Always good to have you back. I hope this netcast finds you in good health and good spirits. It’s Inauguration Weekend here in the Nation’s Capital and metro area is quickly filling up. For those friends and family in town, have much patience, take LOTS of pics AND video, have fun, and be safe. Me, I’ll be checking out all the grand festivities from my family room in high definition television (heh).

I’ve decided to kick it up a notch and add a video clip of one of the artists featured in the podcast. The featured artist from the playlist is Vargo. This clip is entitled “The Flow”. I believe this is the radio edit, which is different from the remix I am presenting in the podcast. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to let me know what you think.

The playlist is as follows:

1. Living Waters – Mike Hawkins/MHJ Music
2. Love On My Mind – Freemasons (f/Amanda Wilson)/MC Chilled
3. Incident At Gate 7 – Thievery Corporation/Incident At Gate 7
4. Monkey Business (Original Mix) – Racoon/Summer Chill – A Jazzy Descent Into Chill
5. Yesterday – Rara Avis/Shaktified EP 1
6. The Flow (The Guitar Mix) – Vargo/Beauty
7. Simplesmente (Tom Middleton Balearic Mix) – Bebel Gilberto/Remixed

It’s always my wish that you enjoy the musical offering. Special shout out to all my podcasting crew (check the blogroll), Gen Kanai for the musical knowledge, and all of you, the listeners….

peace,
F!

Mo’ music musings – studio recording/business activities

Ok…following up from the last post on this subject, the track we recorded here actually had enough content to be approved by the head of the music department at my church, so it will eventually be taught to the mass choir for Resurrection Sunday. That’s cool in that I now got to see the work gone into producing something of at least decent quality for a scenario such as this. Next steps will exercise more of a serious set of mix and production skills in that we’ll have to turn a four-voice quartet into sounding like a mass choir via duplicating the vocal tracks, recording some alto and tenor sax parts, and to give it a more live feel, importing some hand clap samples, the best vocal clips I can lift from our sermon DVDs of the pastor’s wife introducing the choir, and lastly some crowd applause for the end. In a way, this’ll be fun to do, but will feel more like work ;-).

As for my me and my partner’s CD project, “What Love Is”, we still have some work to do for two more tracks, mix them, then send the project out for mastering and duplication. Lately we’ve been learning the business side of things that will necessary not just for distribution of the CD, but for our new record company, Hall Effect Records. We’re in the midst of completing the business plan to reflect the next two years of activity with us as the sole artist on it … again…work!

On a different creative note, I got a call yesterday from a friend and talented sax player, Harron Evoria, who asked me to lay some guitar tracks on her second upcoming CD. That should cool and, if it jumps off, will be the 4th CD I’ve done as a session guitarist, a dream I had as a teen that has finally come true.

Now……if I can work in the time to get my solo project started….hmmm 😉 Makin’ moves to change some daily habits to realize more time to complete this thing I am passionate about.

Stay tuned for some various clips from everything I’ll have and had cookin’ up in The ‘Lab… If you are interested in here some of the tracks I’ve written, check out the links for my music production pages. Thanks for the read.

peace….
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack (08 June 08 recast)

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Hello Listeners…

Thanks for checkin’ out the Sunday Soundtrack today. As I have mentioned in previous posts (and whined to some of you about personally…LOL) how I was going to rebuild the deleted archives from the first year of The Sunday Soundtrack, comments and all? Well, I’ve come to the decision that it is too much trouble (part of it is laziness…I WILL ADMIT). So…from time to time (especially due to bloody procrastination during the week), I will do a recast of a show that was lost. This way I will kill two birds with one stone. Cool? (betta be….hmmph!) Heh!

I am excited about some very recent news I received. I’ve been contacted by The Grammys to do a special podcast for those nominated in the Jazz category. They will market the podcast on the net about a week before The Grammys. I’m happy I was asked, now to step up and kick it up a notch! Hah!

That being said…the playlist is as follows:

1. Make It So (2008) – Chevalier
2. Love Is Stronger Than Pride – Sade/The Best Of Sade
3. Aztec – Jens Buchert/Sunrider
4. Smooth Department – Jens Buchert/Intersphere
5. The Last Three Minutes – Chris Botti/The Groove Boutique – Vol. 1
6. Falling Man – Espresso Del Lago/Yeti
7. Moving – Espresso Del Lago/Electrolux presents Chill Out Essentials, Vol.1
8. Solitaire – Monte la Rue/Interludia (Disque Deluxe)
9. Reflections – Jeff Lorber/Kickin’It
10. Wasted Time – Jazzanova feat. Vikter Duplaix

The following video is by Jens Buchert, the title of the selection is called “Reflections”

Whenever and wherever this podcast and post finds you, I hope your mind is in a great state.

Keep it chill….

Best,
Fresh!

Mo’ music musings – studio recording

Ok, so we’re into ’09 and already I’m tryna capitalize on the usage of time management and prioritizing in order to get more material out, as said in my last post. My partner and I just finished recording a four voice ensemble for the submission of a new welcome song for the church I attend. This was probably the first real exercise in recording vocals in Logic Pro 8, though we’ve been using it over the last few months to record a vocalist for our own CD project. Only one of the four vocalists did any studio work, so it was a set of lessons learned in really taking into consideration all necessary during the process to get the best vocal levels down, as it is not always that easy to “fix it in the mix”. I’ve got to tweak one more track before a burn a draft CD mix for submittal tomorrow morning. The keyboardist sent me a MIDI track of the piano and I played the rest of the instruments (rhythm guitar, bass guitar), as well as drum programming. If the approval goes through (as we hope), we’ll substitute some vocalists to lay down all the vocal tracks for final mix in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, I’m finishing up recording the music for a duet one of my other vocalists wrote, for a song he and a British female vocalist will be doing for her CD this year. Hopefully we can wrap that up and ship it to the UK by month’s end.

Danny and I are pushing to finish up three more tracks for our LONG awaited CD, “What Love Is”. There have been some CRAZY lessons learned (life gets in the way, etc) of the last few years (yes “years”) in tryna wrap up this project. At the same time we are in the midst of putting together a business plan for our record label, Hall Effect Records (we just became an LLC last year)…. I’ve got a few tracks in my head I am definitely wanting to record, get up on myspace, as well….so yeah…this is…”musique non-stop”.

Oh yeah, did I mention I got get ready for band rehearsal tomorrow night?

Out…

peace…
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 04 Jan 09

Happy 2K9 to all. I trust the new year has started off great for everyone…and…if not, there are still 361 days left! I’m excited, despite the fact I brought over a few things from ’08 that I would have preferred not to be, but hey…time to (continue) to work it out! 

I’m looking forward to a great year, musically, especially with my own material as well as with The Sunday Soundtrack. Hopefully, we’ll enjoy the ride together. The assembly of tracks for the podcast follow. I hope the combination thereof is fitting for some mellowness…

  • Circular Motion  – Nuspirit Helsinki/Nuspirit Helsinki
  • Journey Into Day  – Seek/Journey Into Day
  • LIke Wind To Rain – Shang/Beautiful
  • The Raw Perspective – Vision
  • 1000 Islands – Monte la Rue/Interludia (Disque Deluxe)
  • Lean On Me (f/Colein) – Sounds From The Ground/Ultra Chilled [Disc 2]
  • Alternate Thursday – Platonic/Sound In Color/Mu.sic 
  • Flit – The Solid Doctor/Beats Means Highs
  • Afterlife – Jon Hopkins/Opalescent

Wishing u a great Sunday, or any day you are listening to this. As mentioned a few podcasts ago, I’ll looking to do some new things to present in the Sunday Soundtrack, in terms of features. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any ideas, I just might use a few.

Again, wishing u a Happy New Year…

peace.
F!

More Music 4 The Masses ’09

Happy New Year ’09 everyone who is reading this, we’re blessed to see it. It’s 1:29AM EST, and I’m sitting in the studio…in silence. A quiet NYE08 has come and gone and after catching up on some music production magazine reading, the strong urge came over me to produce more music in ’09. While it appears to read like a New Year’s resolution, the only comparison is that I am stating this on 1 Jan. I don’t do NYRs, I prefer to take a day-by-day approach. It was until last month that I finally started to realize this, but just this quiet hope is actually exciting internally. More music equates to full productions, snippets, throwaways, strong ideas, weak ideas…whatever…just more…more…more. I’ve sorely missed that over the last two to three years due to mispriority, bad habits, compulsiveness in other areas…all which as squashed a natural muse that has been with me since 14.

I’m energized to take bigger steps for The Sunday Soundtrack – more new unheard of tracks, more tracks from yours truly, interviews, etc. I come from what is known as old school and now into the new school, in terms of creating music: old = hardware, new = software. I’ve been fortunate to do and know of others that do it both ways. (see below).

I just read an article in the November 2008 edition of Remix Magazine, a few minutes ago,  citing Brian-Michael Cox (Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Mary J Blige) and his going back and forth between (even combining) hardware and software use in composing music – in the long run, It’s all about what inspires you to get started on the way to finishing. The whole discussion of artists that solely use software and samples, with no formal musical training vs those who use hardware and play actually musical instruments, is a discussion that can and will result in brevity. I’ve been fortunate to do and know of others that do it both ways (or just one way), and do it well. In this day and age (to me) all that matters is that it sounds good and what sounds good to one may not sound good to another … but that’s ok (as it should always be).

MM4TM ’09…a journey I am looking forward to embarking on.

HNY09….

peace…
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack (TBOC ’08) – 28 Dec 08

Happy New Year '09

Welcome listeners. Glad to have you back for another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. This edition is the official closeout for the year 2008, aptly titled – The Best of Chill. These are the tracks in my collection that I feel, in under an hour, represents the best of what could possibly transform you into a state of relaxed of mind….that is my hope anyway.

Before going on any further, I’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy and Prosperous 2009. It’s my wish that all positivity envelops you throughout the year.

Last weekend’s podcast, in honor of the SSP one year anniversary, brought a contest on, and I promised I would to present the winner – – – Madeline! Send me your tracklisting so can so I can get started on your custom SSP! Thanks again to all for participating in the contest, I appreciate it!

Now, the tracklisting, enjoy it to the fullest and remember, multitasking is NOT aloud (wink)

  • No Use (Beanfield Remix ) – Jazzanova/Jazzanova Remixed [Disc 1]
  • Sa Trincha – Espresso Del Lago/Yeki
  • If You Don’t Love Me, Understand Me – Vision
  • Optymystic – Tom Middleton/Life Tracks
  • Return to Margin (Afterlife Mix) – Afterlife/The Afterlife Lounge
  • Sonar – Blackfish/Pole Navigation
  • Gaze – Sweetback/Sweetback
  • Speck of Gold – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & Groove Chill
  • Bomberclad Joint – Knowtoryous – Kruder & Dorfmeister/The K & D Session
  • Like A Tattoo – Sade/The Best Of Sade
  • Third Sky – Groove 7/SFTF 
  • Miracles – Afterlife
  • Get Back to Serenity (Beach Mix) – Vargo/Beauty
  • Dreaming Of You – Chevalier
For those on Twitter, please consider following The Sunday Soundtrack here 

Finally, I want to give a shout out to all my podcast massive – Fave, DarrenKeith, Macedonia, EJ, Todd Kelley, DJ Diva, Todd Grundy, Angibee, Luvsels, Honeysoul and a special shout out (because I inadvertentently didnt give props on this podcast) to Travis, Nikki and Lis! Keep doin’ it big in 09. I thank you for your gifts and constant inspiration and encouragement!

 
Once again, a Happy and Prosperous 2009 to you all

Best,
F!

Smooth Merry CHRISTmas from The Sunday Soundtrack (25 Dec 08)

 

Merry Christmas listeners….just a lil gift from me to you. I hope it makes your Christmas Day brighter. Remember the reason for the season! Ready? Let’s flow….

  • The Christmas Song – Norman Brown/Mo Jazz Christmas Album
  • O Come All Ye Faithful – Sam Levine/Brentwood Jazz Christmas Holiday
  • Oh Christmas Tree – Eric Reed/Mo Jazz Christmas Album
  • Silent Night Holy Night – Sam Levine/Brentwood Jazz Christmas
  • Away In A Manger Ben Tankard/Christmas Love
  • What Child Is This – Norman Brown/Mo Jazz Christmas Album
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Ben Tankard/Christmas Love
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Ben Tankard/Christmas Love
  • Angels We Have Heard On High – Ben Tankard/An Instrumental Christmas
  • Silent Night – Ben Tankard/An Instrumental Christmas
  • Good King Wenceslas – Sam Levine/Brentwood Jazz Christmas
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain-Ben Tankard/An Instrumental Christmas
  • Joy To The World – Ben Tankard An Instrumental Christmas
  • Feliz Navidad – Pete Escovedo/Mo Jazz Christmas

I’ve got one more gift to wrap…
Have a blessed day…

Best,
F!

The Sunday Soundtrack (A Christmas Chillout) – 21 Dec 08

Hello listeners….and Happy Holidays to all!

I’d like to thank everyone again for the warm welcome back after a few weeks hiatus and triumph over some small technical difficulties. One of my listeners was keen enough to remember that last week’s podcast was a repeat. For those just as keen, yes there will be times where I will repeat a podcast instead of rebuilding the entire archive (which I don’t think is possible because I doubt every page from last year is cached, though I do have a few that I’ve been able to recover). I hope everyone is well into the spirit of the season and more so remembers what the reason for the season is…the word Christmas describes that reason to a tee!  As mentioned to a few of you, this month marks the 1st anniversary of the Sunday Soundtrack podcast. In celebration of such, I am running a contest! Keeping it simple (’cause I couldn’t think of anything reaaally catchy – LOL ), all you have to do is place a call to the voicemail number below, and tell me what you like best about The Sunday Soundtrack Podcast. The winner will receive a custom Sunday Soundtrack podcast with up to 15 tracks of your choice (provided I can find them on iTunes), and personal voiceovers referencing you in the podcast (or no reference at all – your choice)! I’ll choose and announce the winner during the 28 December Sunday Soundtrack podcast. The cutoff is 11:59am EST on Dec 28. Provide me with your email address and I’ll provide you a download link to your podcast when done. It’s my way of saying thanks for making this podcast a success, in my eyes.

Just call 1-805-222-4641

..and remember … “..you gotta be in it to win it” 😉

The following tracks i think non-traditionally (genre-wise) fit the flow nicely. I have a few favorites that I just discovered over the last week. I hope you find a few as well. Without further adieu…the playlist is as follows:

1.The First Noel – Inverse Cinematics/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 1: A Christmas Chillout

2. What Child Is This? – The Pleasant Groove Minstrels/hOMe for the Holidays

3. We Three Kings  -Kurbis Blumen/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 2: A Festive Collection

4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Zigo/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 1: A Christmas Chillout

5. Still Still Still – Kaskade/hOMe for the Holidays

6. Mi Ymalei (Who Can Retell?) – Craig Taubmas/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 3: Not So Silent Night

7. Carol of the Bells – Durbin Elf/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 1: A Christmas Chillout

8. Jingle Bells – Sub Santa /The Reindeer Room, Vol. 1: A Christmas Chillout

9. O Christmas Tree – Sub Santa/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 2: A Festive Collection

10. Good King Wenceslas – Billy Paul Wiliams and Nicole Henry/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 2: A Festive Collection

11. The Kwanzaa Song – Billy Paul Williams/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 3: Not So Silent Night

12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – DJ Trax/The Reindeer Room, Vol. 2: A Festive Collection

13. Peace On Earth – Kaskade/The Mistletoe Lounge

Wishing all of you a safe, blessed Christmas….Stay tuned for the Sunday Soundtrack CHRISTmas Day Special Edition!

Keep it chilled….

peace,
F!

Welcome (back) To The Sunday Soundtrack – 14 Dec 08

I’d like to truly welcome all of you back to the Sunday Soundtrack. Thanks for the patience and comments left in the absence and transfer from my old (crappy) domain host to my new spiffy one…it’s definitely appreciated (you, my listeners and Dreamhost, my new host)! I hope all are enjoying the weekend thus far and getting into the holiday season.

As mentioned before, I am rebuilding the site as best as I can, and will adding new podcasts weekly. This month is a special one in that it marks the one year anniversary of The Sunday Soundtrack Podcast and with that, I’d like to thank all my listeners over that last year that have supported it. I am planning on adding a few new things for 2009, so please stay tuned!

A question is occassionally posed to me: Where do you find your tracks? I often choose tracks based on what I hear when I am driving, listening to XM Radio’s Channel 84 – Chill, or listening to Groove Salad – an excellent source for the genres presented in this podcast. Groove Salad has a podcast on iTunes via NPR that gives samplings of what they play. Rusty Hodge does a fine job of producing that podcast, complete with info on each artist. I often check out the tons of artists on myspace – a place that I have found to be the best place for the genres I seek. Creative Commons, iodapromonet and the podsafe music network are also places that come recommended. If you know of any not mentioned here, feel free to suggest the links to me.

That being said, without further adieu, this week’s playlist is as follows:

1. Summer Sun – Koop/Waltz For Koop
2. The Flow (Aural Float Remix Edit) – Vargo/Ibiza Chillout Edition
3. Good Morning London – Kaya Project/Elixir
4. City Childhood – Vision
5. Superdope – Jens Buchert/Intersphere
6. Falling Man – Espresso Del Lago/Yeti
7. Bomberclad Joint (Knowtoryous) – Kruder & Dorfmeister/The K&D Sessions
8. Dreaming of You – Chevalier

All the artists, with the exception of Vision and Chevalier, can be found on iTunes

Self correction: I mentioned in the podcast that if I forgot anyone, to charge it to my heart and not my mind….NOT!! Charge it to my MIND and not my HEART! HAHA!

Here’s to a wonderful day, night, and week. Thanks for listening…

peace….
Fresh!