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virtual band album……

March 21, 2009

well it seems amazon.com beat itunes to the punch in posting the album”Mcboy”….good to know… they seem to be very competitive…..itunes had better look over their shoulder methinks….and now….the album……here is a synopsis of the tracks from my track order:

( 1. )Do That:  …lyrics and sung by british singer Steve Craig…a singer who sounds eerily like David Bowie….a dead ringer…the lyrics had many wondering if Steve was singing about a love affair or having a  philosophical commentary on life….only Steve knows…and he might tell….i used the John Mayer technique of keeping the drumming simple….a nice flowing time….Andrew Kopr locks down the groove on bass….rhythm guitars had a figure that i asked Steve  to mimic…and thus..”cannot ..Do That …shall not …Do That”…..an eighth note figure is played by both the guitar and the voice…the guitar solos are played first by me and then Gary Wooten… it is a two guitar solo format that we use through many of the tracks on the album….the song ends with an exchange betyween me on guitar and Steve  as the song fades…..

(2.)  The Signs: lyrics and sung by Antoinette Symonette…. a soulful bluesy rocker of a track….Antoinette rocks it!….she leads the song off with the chorus instead of a verse…..a womans view of a relationship going south…Gary takes the first guitar solo…very melodic and very soulful….i respond with a herky jerky contrasting solo…..Antoinette brings it back to a simmering heat….

(3.) Princess: lyrics and sung by Tom G…. a red hot chili peppers type track….Tom’s vocals are the sails on this ship….a love story by any other name…..the track starts off in one tempo but then shoots forward to a faster tempo for the bridge/solo section…..Gary plays a mean biting lead during this section…the song slows down again and Tom takes us out…..

(4.) Heroes: lyrics and sung by Adam Clarke…one of my favorite singers around the planet…Adam sings in a soulful way….and spins a small story that is open to interpretation……….. i believe… and so do others… that this song would make a great soundtrack to an Ironman or X-men movie…the song mixes acoustic guitar and electric guitar(wah,fuzz and distortion)into a folksy alt-rocker….i had fun doing and playing on this track….Adam navigates it well and really is the glue that holds it all together…..you rock Adam.!

(5.) Come On Baby: lyrics and sung by Mike Ables….the soul rock submission to the album…Mike sings a classic soul verse and chorus song..echos of Barry White…a sexy love song enveloped with guitars on all sides…reverse guitar…octave riffs..metal riffs..acoustic riffs… i played another of my persona solos’s.. a blusey shout out……then Mike takes it out with some soulful adlib vocals.. a duet with himself…amen brother…!

(6.) Slingers: fun instrumental track featuring Gary Wooten on lead right channel..Erwin Colon on lead left channel…Mcboy Lead on center channel….its a jam session ..plain and simple…..after some interplay by Erwin,Gary and i …the fun begins…..i lead off with my improvisation….followed by a blistering improv by Gary..followed by me on bass…and then the drummer gets some love….back to the interplay sections and a wicked burning outro….ouch…

7.)Slingers Brew: instrumental dedicated to Jimi Hendrix….this track uses electronica elements by way of synthesizers and traditional hardrock playing….i went for a fun happy guitar line for the verse…with some standard rock riffs on the left channel and a funky guitar line on the right channel augmented by a synth line that comes in and out….then  the fun begins…Gary takes us on a trip as Jimi would say…he weaves in and out of the rhythm guitars and takes us to parts unknown and elsewhere…..i follow up and got into my Jimi zone and just let it pour out..rover moved over and let Jimi take over…..hehhe…i thought i was channeling Jimi….and hope he is smiling wherever he is…our bass man Andrew Kopr keeps everything locked in throughout and then brings a change of pace for his improv…he simmers to a grooving boiling point..and then brings us back to the verse and out…

(8.)Mudsinging: instrumental…a metal like track with jazz like improv…well….everything counts….what can i tell you…its a flat out fun jam session with Andre Kopr on bass and Gary Wooten on lead guitar and Steve jackson on drum solo and drum programming…Gary plays some really kool lines on both the verse sections and then i come in for some lead playing fun…..followed by Gary burning up the house….we then have some trading fours between Andrew,me and Gary….and end with a super drum solo by Steve…..much fun….

(9.) Drews Soul-Fle: instrumental…this is Andrew Kopr’s composition…..a funky track with drum programming by Dave Thomas….Andrew gave us lots of space to freely do what we wanted….and free we were….free to try out different tones…rhythms….and scalar approaches to soloing….i went up first and played what i felt to the bass lines…no preconceived ideas….one take…..Andrew then takes an improvised bridge section leading to Gary’s improvisation…then a section where Andrew plays a composed progression and I accompany…..Gary and i then do a duet leading to the outro. ..a bass interlude…..

“everything counts”….wheeeeeew…..

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