New Song for the New Year

Telenovela Star
Telenovela Star

A couple of months ago, I met up with the other members of my band, just to hang-out and play some songs. We’ve been on a hiatus from playing out and practicing, since we’re practically broke and looking for employment and better lives (the real, on-going telenovela).  This has been a really difficult year for so many, not just us.  So good riddance 2008.

Anyway, we’ve been needing some sort of release for some time now, and meeting up just to play, not our set or unfinished songs, just to play loudly like we didn’t give a shit anymore, and feel the frustrations, the beast, bleed out.  This release felt like the best sort of cure for the thwart that’s been illing, suffocating us for some time now.

Of course I was late on the day, which sucked, because it takes forever to set a kit that’s not your own up, especially when it’s a piece of shit kit.  If anything this is a good metaphor for life:  never set-up or play anybody else’s piece of shit kit. 

Anyway, Maggie was fooling around on the keyboards, and Hanna on her bass. I quickly tried to set the mouse trap of a kit up. It was my worst set-up time ever: half an hour! After doing a three week residency at the Delancey earlier this year, I could set-up in like 5 minutes, 10 tops. Well, that was mostly nervous adrenaline, mixed with shots of Red Bull.

We were just messing around, spur of the moment playing, and then we started talking about this metal band that shared the studio space next door to our old studio, and how awesome we thought their musical arrangements were (lately we’ve been getting into metal). Maggie started talking about how she wanted to write a grave song, and of course that just started it all. Hanna started jokingly singing about loving a lover from the grave, while Maggie was playing on the keys, a blues progression to match Hanna’s bass and vocals. I came in with a slow blues beat, and it went straight to hell after that. We were so excited.  We had to play it again, and this time record it. We were hooked on what we had made, it felt so good. It honestly felt like a drug rushing through my veins.

We couldn’t get the melody out of our heads, even after our session at the studio ended. We kept humming this sketch, it was like a nursery rhyme. We just kept singing it over and over again, all through the streets of Manhattan’s Port Authority, laughing when one of us added a scandalous line to the lyrics.

I raced home hoping Hanna had emailed us the short recording of the song. I remember I couldn’t sleep that night, and for once it was for a positive reason. I kept giggling like a kid about our night, and the song. Ha! my poor lover, she puts up with so much. Luckily, she didn’t kick me out the bed that night. 

Anyway, we never had a chance to meet again before the holidays to flesh the song out, but Hanna did this incredible just keyboard version of it at home.

The name of the song is Carcass of Pleasure, our attempt at a metal song, well the lyrics are metal, but the melody is more blues, pop maybe? You decide.

After listening to Carcass, I suggest listening to Something In the Middle (see previous post) right away (on loud speakers, and dance around in front of a mirror, I do it all the time in just my underwear, and a broom as my microphone), since they sound so good together.

Enjoy, and as Yo! Majesty says, Never be afraid… Let the music set you free!

Listen to here: Carcass of Pleasure

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6 thoughts on “New Song for the New Year

  1. very nice. nothinglike music to make you feel better. many times i take the guitar when feeling very shit anf it takes its time but comes the point i forget everything and it is all melting into the notes and harmonies and whatever the guitar brings.

    i am not a big fan of keyboards but i like it. i didn’t knew so far about your music but as i love hearing new things this is the next thing i am going to do.
    happy and much better new year.

    Yes I’m not a big fan of keyboards neither, but they come in handy when you can’t afford the real deal. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year.

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  2. Cool. The track plays inside the snapshot preview without even leaving your site here. That’s a great melody and the song really swings and highlights the strength and range of Hannah’s voice which I haven’t heard so clearly before.

    That’s because I’m always playing too loud, but yes they both have great voices, and are amazing songwriters. Thanks and Happy New Year.

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  3. Hi Cocoyea, for some reason i couldn’t get my music player to play the song and i’m too frustrated with it at this point. i’ll try again on my husbands computer but i just wanted to thank you for sharing the rush of music you are so elated over. i love hearing about how songs come together. i’ve written a few songs with my brother but i could never imagine piecing one together with mulitple musical creatures to create some masterpiece of sorts. its blows me away so happy new year and here’s clinging my champagne glass at ya!

    Hi you can listen through the snapshot without leaving my the site. Just hover over the link and the snapshot window will open up. Happy New Year to you!

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  4. Brilliant! I can’t wait to hear the whole band playing this. I’ve just popped in at the T Star MySpace. Very cool. So when are you doing Sydney?

    Ha, thanks. Hopefully, one day we’ll have enough money to tour the world. Happy New Year!

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