About Music should be free
This was a small project that we started quite some time ago. The principal behind the project was to get together with friends that believe that music should be available to the masses without taking into consideration social background as some people were not able to afford music at the time. Times have changed since then... I do not endorse illegal downloads, however I do enco ... read more
Posted at 2018-04-01
Posted at 2018-04-01
First of all I would like to start off by apologizing since I have not been able to post a newsletter in quite a while due to technical difficulties as I apparently exceed the amount of characters required in a newsletter.
The project is moving along slowly and I had hope that I had some material posted by these dates. However I fell ill (Nothing overly complicated) and my recording sessions were pushed back as there were other holiday related affairs that needed to be taken care of. In one of my previous posts I talked about my friend Edgar and how he contributed with his original drumming on the songs you are hearing today. I am happy to inform you that he has agreed to help me with this project and contribute with his amazing drumming skills. We talked and decided to start with live recording sessions.
There has been a lot of support from you and constantly get emails or messages asking when I will have more material for you to listen, all I want to say is that this middle aged dude (Me) is trying as hard as possible to get this done. In the meantime, I posted some old material which was be available for a month or so where you can hear Edgar and me randomly jamming and improvising and also some solo work, since it received a very positive response I decided to keep them here for a while. Please keep in mind that these were just Ideas that he and I had and are not formal recordings (In fact they aren’t even finished songs).
Now as promised in the last newsletter I wanted to dive in to the meaning of the songs, the reason of their weird name nomenclature and perhaps a bit of information on music stuff like their keys and general composition. So without further adieu, let me outline what I think is most important of the songs. (Since I exceed the number of characters I will do this in two parts)
This song was originally and intentionally conceptualized as the process of a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon. I lay awake one day and thought to myself what a woman might go through when in labor and bringing to the earth a new life, then I thought to myself what would a butterfly feel when breaking out of its cocoon? -“I bet that would be painful” I said to myself, -perhaps our ears are not designed to hear these screams at such a low volume. I grabbed my bass guitar and started playing, through no thought of my own I started playing the main melody that you hear today. For the next coming days, this song was the only thing I could hear in my head. I came back from my job and grabbed my bass and this was the only tune I could play for days and days. Later on in life I used this portion as an introduction to a song for one of the bands I used to play for in San Diego and they said that the intro reminded them of a soap commercial, then we affectionately called this introduction “Soap Song”, which was used as an opening and prelude to another song called where can I start.
This song is played in the key of A Major beginning with an open string on the third chord. It was originally played with an Ibanez SR series 4 string bass (Circa 2001) and the EQ accents a slight mid boost to get the “push feeling”. Arrangements were made with my Frankenstein bass (I don’t know what brand it is) which has Gibson SG pickups and an Aguilar OB-3 preamp. This bass was equipped with Piccolo strings and tuned one octave higher. All of these were recorded off a Carvin R600 head DI output.
Kids will stone you:
This is a song which holds a dark past. During my childhood, I was a victim of bullying at school. Being educated in the northwestern part of Mexico where most activities are bi-cultural and bi-lingual I had a certain advantage since I learned to speak English at an early age and had nerdy interest such as comic books and documentaries. This however, did not sit well with the other alpha male kids at school and I winded up being bullied all throughout middle school. It got pretty bad, but not life threatening (I think). This one time a kid started kicking me for no reason. My father taught me not to retaliate and I heeded his advice, however one part of me thinks I was afraid and cowered in front of an unprovoked attack. In another instance, another kid punched me in the face out of the blue. Again, I did not retaliate nor sought vengeance. One part of me wished I would have fought back and stand tall, however I was not equipped for combat (Being a nerd and all) and chose to turn the other cheek. There was different instance where another kid grabbed a rock (about 2.5 inches in diameter) and threw it at me as hard as his arm could muster, this rock landed in my thigh and left a bruise for a couple of weeks, I realized then that if that particular rock thrown at such speed would have hit a different part of my body it would have caused some serious damage. This action unfortunately left a scar which is expressed in this song. Originally this song was called “Kid with a rock” which was the image I carried out for all these years, however I thought to myself; the rock was thrown and it hit me and no one else. Perhaps I should name this song as something everyone could relate to and changed the name to “Kids will Stone You”.
This song is played in the key of B minor, using the same Ibanez SR series bass (Circa 2001) all EQ is set in middle ranges and was played live back in 2001 with my friend Edgar on a Carvin Red Eye R600 2x10 combo. It was recorded using an aiwa tape recorder. You might hear some weird effects in the background which is actually a car alarm going off due to how loud we were playing. Unfortunately this effect will be difficult to reproduce if we decide to record this song in the future.
Next newsletter I will talk about a couple of more songs.
See you then.
Posted at 2017-11-10
Posted at 2017-11-10
I hope everyone has been doing well and wish that everyone finds or keeps on a path that makes them happy. There might be rough times that seem to last for a while, however be assured that these rough times will always serve as a learning experience for us all and things will tend to go better. I would once again like to thank you for listening, subscribing and freely downloading the music I have posted, and want to invite you to share among your friends or colleagues that you think would be in to this sort of genre.
Throughout the past months I have been asked when I will have new music available on the site and wanted to take the opportunity to explain why this isn’t happening as fast as I would like to, conserving the principal that “I should share more of myself than what other people think is appropriate without loosing the purpose of what is really important”.
The first main reason it that “real life” is getting in the way. I don’t mean to state that this part of my life is not real at all, however as I stated on my previous post I was undecided between two roles that I was offered within my company. I took a risk (since my background has been in business) and opted for the IT role instead of the sales role. This in turn, brings new challenges and more personal time investment to handle the transition.
The second reason is Family. Before anything else I am a husband and a father. Having a four year old daughter and a wife requires that I dedicate a good deal of attention to both. This sometimes can affect recording sessions to due to unwanted background noises such as: child screams (Dad, can I have some milk?, Dad, can you play with me? Etc.), wife rants (Honey! Guess what happened to me at work today! , Honey! I can’t find the TV remote! , Honey! Did you feed the cat? etc), and of course the cat (Meow!!).
The third and last reason is the lack of a drummer. First of all I would like to give credit to my good friend Edgar Carmona since he helped jumpstart the project way back in 2001. We have kind of lost touch throughout the years and the last time I called him I was quite tipsy. I haven’t really had the courage to ask him if he would like to restart the project and have unable to find another drummer that would be interested.
With that being said, I am still recording some stuff on the weekends when I get some spare time, but still need to focus on getting to lay down the ideas on tracks and editing the songs for me to be able to post. I am thinking that I will probably have some material up and running by mid December, however all of the three reasons above might delay this a bit.
With all of the above said, please let me know if I should gather the courage and get Edgar to play the drums again (He also played in my favorite band). I promise that my next newsletter will be a little bit more interesting since I want to write things more like a storyteller. I will attempt to explain some of the weird titles of the songs I posted, after all who the hell names a song “Kids will Stone You” (There is a very interesting anecdote behind the title).
Again, thank you all very much for listening and letting me be part of your lives. Please remember that there is plenty of help needed throughout the world and as the great Bob Marley once put it “If evil doesn’t rest, why should goodness”.
Have a great evening everyone.
link. Hang in there Dale.
Posted at 2017-10-22
Posted at 2017-10-22
I feel remorse due to the fact that I took so long to write this newsletter. The truth is that life got in the way, thankfully I am doing well at work and that carries on some new responsibilities. After all, before anything else I am a husband and a father. Time has taught me well and I feel that I should share more of myself than what other people think that is appropriate without loosing purpose of what is really important…
Natural disasters came about after my last newsletter and I still want to encourage you to help in any means possible, I think that a helping hand can motivate other helping hands to chip in. Please help in any way you can, we endured several hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. It’s only fair that we look after our own (which is every human being on this earth).
Two independent areas within my company reached out to me last month interested in forming part of their team so I had drive out to Tucson AZ to have a couple of job interviews (More like seven job interviews), the weird thing about all this is that I found myself caught between fighting to advance within a sales role and an IT role. Both of them offered several aspects to what I consider to be attractive, however I sill consider that above everything else I must be a father and a husband. I still find myself undecided since only one has given me an offer; however I feel that I will eventually make the right choice for my family’s future. When it comes to music I am swayed to keep persisting on my old feelings where my favorite band was alive and ticking. Feelings had no place in human nature, human nature had no place in feelings, it was only one, and no one else, and maybe two and two more or maybe three, or four…
A permanent splinter in my human heart… In any case, I want to let you all know that things are going well, I definitely appreciate you subscribing to this newsletter and support the notion that music should be free. As far as future projects go, I am pretty close of starting a new project that is sure to fulfill all your basic music needs. Unfortunately, it is always slow due to our professional nature and the fact that music moves faster than life. Life moves us but music keeps us.
As always, it has been a pleasure writing this brief newsletter and I wish the best on all your endeavors and future life goals.
Have a good evening everyone.
Posted at 2017-09-24
Posted at 2017-09-24
I wanted to start off by offering my deepest condolences to all the victims from the huge series of natural disasters that have occurred recently: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Katia, Lydia, Norma, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake suffered in the southwestern part of Mexico and the latest 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico. I wish for a speedy recovery and hope that all people that were affected by these events find comfort soon.
I want to encourage everyone to reach and donate to those currently in need and offer any assistance that is within your means. After all, we only have each other.
I want to thank everyone once more for subscribing and tuning in to this page, it gives me great joy to see that someone is interested in listening to the songs I posted. I would also like to let everyone know that I will be posting more material in the next couple of months and there is a very high possibility that a buddy of mine and I will begin recording sessions in the very near future. With this said, I would like to let everyone know that the songs uploaded on the site are currently available to download from this same page for free. Please feel free to download and distribute at will. I have no plans to post these songs on Itunes unless there is an option for them to be downloaded at no cost (After all, this project is titled “Music should be free”).
As always, it has been a pleasure writing this brief newsletter and I wish the best on all your endeavors.
Have a good evening everyone.
Posted at 2017-09-09
Posted at 2017-09-09
I appreciate you subscribing and want to let you know that I am completely new to this website. I want to let you know that my whole concept derived form a single idea that music should be free for everyone regardless of social background, race or religion. I am but a humble bass player that has the privilege of playing and home recording every once in a while but I would like to encourage everyone that knows a musician or is one, to share your tunes to everyone you know. Music should always be free!
When I was a young lad in my country I saw poverty beyond what most people could imagine. One day as I was walking on the street I saw a native Aztec dancer play his flute and zonajas guaje which are a type of maracas that you play with your feet. People gathered up and started dancing to that simple tune played from the flute and children stood up to hear and dance to that same melody. I was maybe about 8 or 9 years old but I understood at that point that music was a basic necessity to have joy in the world.
Here come the 90´s… During this time focus shifted to alternative bands such as pearl jam or stone temple pilots. I still lingered on to more primitive tunes like Iron Maiden (which I still enjoy very much every once in a while) during this time we had a death in the family (My tia Cuca) she was unfortunately diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a late age and spent her final days in our home. During her 6 month battle we tried to make best of her illness and I was ultimately the one who spent more time with her since she and I shared a liking for poker. One day on November 18th 1994 she approached me and said “Mijo, te voy a dar un regalo” which translates to English as “Boy, I´m going to give you a gift¨”. I hesitantly told my aunt Cuca that no gifts were needed, but she insisted…
She quietly passed away that night never telling me what the gift was… At her funeral, I stepped in to say goodbye to an empty shell which was her body but somehow felt her presence all the way. When I walked away from her casket an unknown force drove me away from the funeral. I asked my dad, “Hey dad, can I go take a walk?” and he said: “Sure, but take your sister (Tijuana was a safer place back then)”.
So me and my sister walked around for a couple of blocks and I heard my sister saying: “so, where are we going?” and I kept responding, I have no idea. We walked around for about 20 minutes and I stopped at a music shop and I said “Here, we need to go here” I went inside and immediately my eyes turned to an old crappy bass guitar that they had on the wall. And I asked her: “Hey so how much is that thing?” they gave me a figure which I can’t remember and I thought to myself (whoah! That’s a whole lot of allowance) I proceeded to ask them if they gave lessons and they said yes. I went running with my dad and I asked him if I could enroll in bass playing lessons (obviously everyone was very shook up because of the funeral) and he said yes I went running back to the store like a madman to enroll before they closed.
Funny thing… once enrolled to the course I completed a 3 year course within 6 months. The store asked me if I could start giving bass lessons to their students. I said “sure” what’s the worst that could happen….
I now realize what my gift was. My tia Cuca had given me a way of following my own principle. It could have been a guitar; it could have been a Sax or an organ. But somehow, she wanted me to explore the low end of the spectrum and find a way to reach others to feel what I feel.
Best regards to all.
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