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Scott Songs: May 2018  Podcast

Song: Buying up the greens

Last year at this time, I released my debut solo album called Little Tiny Things. It was recorded with some of my best friends down in Austin, TX. I know some of you have it and I know some of you helped me raise money to release it. Thank you! One such person was Benjamin Peddle. In fact, he helped at such a seriously high level that I owed him an original song. Well, one year later, here it is. I've finally delivered! Thanks Benjamin for allowing me to share it this way.

I referenced Alameny Farmer's Market, which is California's oldest market. It's a beautiful little spot close to my neighborhood here in San Francisco. The song features a reoccurring theme for me and that is the idea of getting lost. I think what getting lost means to me is simply having alone time completely free of outside distractions. It shows up frequently in my songs because when I write and record a song I am completely free and lost.

Technical Specs    

Machine: Pro Tools First  

Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75) and Focusrite Scarlett 18i8   

Microphone: Audio Technica 4033  

Rhythm Guitar: Danalectro 12 String, 1963 Gibson B-25

Lead Guitar: Danelectro 12 String 

Bass: 1970s Univox (Beatle copy)    

Drums: 1960s Ludwig snare and off brand floor tom with a mallet, medium dark crash cymbal 

Keys: Korg SV-1 (organ setting)

Misc: recorder

Percussion: Ludwig tambourine with skin 

Mixed at home by myself and mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. Please reach out to him if you are in need of mixing and mastering services. His rates are reasonable and he does excellent listening!

If you would like to purchase the Little Tiny Things album digitally or on LP please visit my bandcamp page.

Lastly

I make these songs downloadable at no cost to you and I am proud of being a truly independent music artist. To keep this going, all I ask is that you share my music with someone you think will enjoy it. Please create a social media post and direct your friends to my website. Much appreciated, everybody.

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  1. Buying up the greens

Scott Songs: April 2018  Podcast

I chased a lead on the internet the other day to look at a guitar. It sure looked great and I was hopeful it would be a new addition to my sound. While it failed to make an impression on me, the owner did not. He had tape decks, 4-tracks, speakers, turntables - crazy stuff he said he found at flea markets. In fact, while I was testing the guitar, he was busy with a screw driver ripping into some sort of amplifier. While we were chatting I spotted some TDK cassettes still in the wrapper. I asked about them and he said, "They are my private stash and not for sale." I could understand this as cassettes are a bit difficult to find and expensive these days. He did say he had some he could give me though. He had about 60 cassettes that he picked up from a school for the blind. He said, "They seem brand new but on close inspection they all appear to have stories narrated on them, but I think just one pass so they should still sound OK." Well, long story short, I'm glad he gave them to me as I was in the mood to break out the Yamaha MT4X cassette 4-Track machine. 

Song: A reflection

Technical Specs   

Machine: Yamaha MT4X, bounced to Pro Tools First and finished  

Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75)   

Microphone: Audio Technica 4033 

Lead Guitar: 1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard through Fender Blues and Roland RE-20 echo 

Rhythm Guitar: 1963 Gibson B-25

Bass: 1970s Univox (Beatle copy)   

Drums: brushes on 1960s Ludwig snare and off brand German hi-hats, 18" Buffalo frame drum

Keys: Yamaha console piano  

Percussion: claves, Ludwig tambourine with skin

Mixed and mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. Please reach out to him if you are in need of mixing and mastering services. His rates are reasonable and he does excellent listening!

 

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  1. A reflection

Scott Songs: March 2018  Podcast

Song: Jump (Van Halen)

I don't do a lot of covers. When I do I make every effort to have fun with them and make them my own. I will be honest with you and say flat out that I loved Van Halen back in the day - at least any album with David Lee Roth - and like many, I felt betrayed when Van Hagar became a thing. So why this song? Well, I was just surprised by it one day.

I often play this simple chord progression in C major so that clients I work with can experience successful music making using pitched instruments - xylophone, pentatonic marimba, Hapi Drum (sort of a steel drum), etc... To add some interest I might switch briefly to A minor with a descending bass line that eventually goes back to C major. There are hundreds of songs in the clinical repertoire of a music therapist using this chord progression. At some point this morphed from Harry Belafonte's version of "Jamaica Farewell" into a cover of "Jump." I knew all the words from my childhood and was pretty solid with the melody. I found that it worked well with this basic chord progression. And it was fun.

Technical Specs  

Machine: Tascam 388, bounced to Pro Tools First and back to the 388 for more tracking 

Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75)  

Microphone: Audio Technica 4033

Lead Guitar: 1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard through Fender Blues with a Comptortion pedal for overdrive 

Rhythm Guitar: La Patrie Concert (nylon)

Bass: 1970s Univox (Beatle copy)  

Drums: brushes on 1960s Ludwig snare and hi-hats

Keys: Korg SV-1 (organ setting w/ rotary speaker), Yamaha console piano 

Percussion: old wooden tambourine with drum stick

Mixed at home and mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. Please reach out to him if you are in need of mixing and mastering services. His rates are reasonable and he does excellent listening!

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  1. Jump (Van Halen cover)

Scott Songs: February 2018   Podcast

Song: Love Creepin'

As a music therapist I get the pleasure of working with many different populations. One such group lives in residential care and they have various forms of dementia. I discovered I could hold their attention and spark creativity in their lives by making up stories (very tall tales) usually centered around themes of family, fun, and love. These are not songs per say but rather... and then what happened? improvisations. I usually support their ideas with familiar songs and facilitate live music making with various percussion instruments such as tambourines, drums, and xylophones. After one of these days, I left work with this nugget of an idea. 

Technical Specs 

Machine: Tascam 388, bounced to Pro Tools First and back to the 388 for more tracking

Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75) 

Microphone: Cascade V57, Sure SM 58 

Ukulele: much beloved hand-me-down baritone from my mother back in the 1980s - no brand but a gem 

Lead Guitar: 1991 Gibson Les Paul standard through Fender Blues with a Comptortion pedal for overdrive

Rhythm Guitar: same Les Paul, same amp, Rocker Box vibrato pedal

Bass: 1970s Univox (Beatle copy) 

Drums: Buffalo frame drum, 1960s Ludwig snare and hi-hat with, brushes on hi-hats and sticks on snare w/ wallet for dampening

Keys: Korg Nano Key2, Yamaha console piano

Percussion: old wooden tambourine, wind chimes

Mixed at home and mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. Please reach out to him if you are in need of mixing and mastering services. His rates are reasonable and he does excellent listening!

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  1. Love Creepin'

Scott Songs: January 2018 Oz addition  Podcast

My good friend Warren Gardiner mastered "Everybody Knows This Year." Warren is a terrific engineer down in Melbourne, Australia. He and I worked on several projects over the years and I am happy to be working with him again to bring more quality to this Scott Songs Blog project. Please feel free to download and enjoy this improved version of "Everybody Knows This Year."

If anyone is in need of great engineering work (mixing and mastering) please reach out to Warren here

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  1. Everybody Knows This Year (mastered)

Scott Songs: January 2018  Podcast

Song: Everybody Knows This Year

This song was written on New Year's Eve 2017, for many a 'crummy old year.' For me it was one filled with love and joy and everything good. Enjoy!

Technical Specs

Machine: Tascam 388, finished with Pro Tools First

Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75)

Microphone: AT 4033

Rhythm Guitar: 1963 Gibson B-25

Lead Guitar: same guitar mic'd across the bottom of a snare drum so as to add 'distortion' created by rattling snares

Bass: 1970s Univox (Beatle copy)

Drums: Buffalo frame drum, rim shot on 1960s Ludwig snare, brushes on hi-hats

Keys: Hohner melodica

 

 

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  1. Everybody Knows This Year

San Francisco Community Radio 

I just have to say I really appreciate community radio. I have had the pleasure of being on the radio many times in my life and I'll just say that my first visit to San Francisco Community Radio was my best experience. I played 5 - 6 live songs from Little Tiny Things. I selected some of the playlist and I got to talk music therapy. I was harassed by a strange strange dude outside the station (very unnerving). Lastly, I met a great couple of people including host of the Hangover Sessions, Alex Webber. If you missed it, here's your second chance!

Click on the photo to go direct to the podcast:

Also, if you would like to contribute to this vibrant community radio station you may figure that out by visiting San Francisco Community Radio. They have been approved for the FM dial as of January 2018. 

Special Shipping Deal for International Fans 

Dear overseas fans,

As a token of my affection for your ears and because outrageous postal rates should not get in the way of my love for you, I have a special shipping offer. You can receive my new record, Little Tiny Things, for a flat rate of $25. At checkout, you will see the price of the LP is $18 and notice the shipping price is $7. This is a steal because it actually costs me $24 to send the record to you, so you are getting the record for only $1 plus postage. In other words, I'm eating the cost of the record because I love you that much. You may place your orders today through my Bandcamp site by clicking here.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Garred

 

Brand new double 7" out now! 



I finally cracked open a large box of personal recordings that I had been carrying around.  I discovered some cassettes marked Home Recordings Oct. and Dec. 1997.  I selected a tape from the pile, put it in my Yamaha MT4X, and was immediately transported back in time to a version of myself 20 years younger.  I don’t remember why I didn’t use these songs.  I created them too late to be on Silver Scooter’s debut album and quite possibly too late for the Super XX Man Vol. III 7”.  I do know this:  The songs were re-recorded for the second Silver Scooter LP Orleans Parish and Super XX Man’s Vol. IV CD.   

I am happy to make these rare gems available on this limited double 7” release.  Also included in this package via digital download are four songs from a 1997 Silver Scooter concert at Liberty Lunch in Austin, TX.  These bonus tracks are raw and good and true to what the band was… way way back.

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