Phew! It’s been a busy few months since I’ve posted anything about my most current project, “Dreamtime Bric-a-Brac,” but you can breathe easy, dedicated listeners, I’m still collecting and scouring my brain for more material. Between my busy schedule with Dingo Down and the Tinkershop, I’ve had a few moments to add four new songs to the Dreamtime playlist! I’ll go through them song by song for your reading pleasure.
“Wooden Manikin In Repose” – Sometimes my imagination takes me to unrealistic versions of real places, and two of the four new songs (the other being “Encantado”) take place on the terrifying edges of the Amazon river. This song envisions a little poseable artist’s manikin taking a nap on a small Amazon river landmass. The figure gets whisked away by the strong river current and floats downstream in the most calm way. It’s a small scene with a snippet of serenity. I used my globular kalimba for the first time in a recording, and am anxious to use it again; it was a ton of fun and strangely dynamic for such an unassuming little toy! I added a click with another wooden toy percussion I have and whistled a little tune on top.
“Windchimes and Pinwheels” – This song is an attempt to score a little cat video my wife and I filmed one day off of our four cats in the garden porch. I’ve been playing around with video these past months, and on an impulse decided to score some of the hastily filmed clips. This track is all piano, and I tried to convey my opinion/feelings of each cat through each musical segment. It’s not perfect, but it was a learning experience. You can view the full video on my Youtube channel here. Since “Dreamtime” has no actual concept, I decided it can live on as a track on this project/album.
“Encantado” – This is the other Amazon song on “Dreamtime Bric-a-Brac.” I read a Amazonian legend recently, where a pink were-dolphin lures people into the great river and drowns them. I was inspired and immediately set up my keyboard. The story is pretty awesome, and combines my fears/fascination of both lycanthropic animals and river dolphins. I’m over-simplifying the story and am not giving the myth it’s due credit here, but you can read all about it in your local library (okay, I guess you can just google it.) This tune was purely my KORG X5D Music Synthesizer and nothing else. The keys are mostly jammed and the buttons have been mashed beyond use, but I honestly love that old thing! I’ve done other Amazon songs in the past, so I ought to put together a compilation album one of these days.
“Catgrass” – This song is featured in the first cat video I put music to. My wife filmed a little montage of each of our four cats, and I created a little mood piece to tie it all together. I wanted to capture the solitary mood of our porch garden sanctuary where our cats gather and relax. I used the vibes sound on my KORG digital piano to represent the lonely windchimes and then put a soothing organic bass line using my ESP fretless bass guitar. I love playing that particular bass guitar; I’ve even made the transition from my Fender Jazz to the ESP exclusively for my work in Dingo Down. You can see the full Youtube video here.
Six songs down, ??? many to go! Not sure where this project is headed yet, but I’m excited to find out! Listen for yourself with the newly updated Soundcloud player below, which features every song on “Dreamtime Bric-a-Brac” so far!