"Megan", and other Wayward Sun rarities

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So, just to prove me wrong, the multitrack recorder decided to work today. So, while I had a chance, I threw a bunch of tracks onto the laptop.

Of course, it didn't work all at once. After the discussion about "Megan" yesterday, I decided to take it out this morning and see if I could get it to work. As in the past, I got this horrible buzz/crackle in the left channel whenever I used the stereo out or monitor out. After messing with it for a half hour or so, the only outputs I could get to work were the tape outputs from the individual tracks. So then I opened up Adobe Audition and recorded each individual track into the laptop. (How the hell did "Megan" get to be 7 minutes long? Just recording the 6 tracks took me almost 45 minutes!) So, since I had the tracks separated in the laptop, I was able to go back and do a little remastering, add some effects, etc. So it sounds kinda nice. The music doesn't exactly synch up, but that's not my fault - it was like that in the original.

Then, just on a whim, I checked the stereo out again, and lo and behold, no crackle! It's trying to confuse me to death, clearly. Anyway, I was able to mix down a fair amount of vintage Wayward Sun. Enjoy!

Wayward Sun Rarities

Megan, music by Ben, lyrics by Weed!
Back to Reality, music by Matt
Crying In My Dreams, music and lyrics by Matt & Sam?
Just As I See You, music and lyrics by Sam
Nightmare, music by Ben, lyrics (and lead vocals) by Katy
Nikki, music by Sam, lyrics by Ken Lennox
Now or Never, music and lyrics by Sam and Ben, as well as the lamest instrumental break ever (my fault)
Sad Anger, music and lyrics by Sam
Shadows on the Wall, music and lyrics by Ben
Wayward Sun, in a recording we made after Together Again For The First Time, featuring a drum solo by Kevin
You and Me, music and lyrics by Matt, featuring Matt and some chick on lead vocals
You'll See The Sun Rise, music and lyrics by Matt(?), featuring Ben & Katy on vocals

Live at Chica's 18th Birthday Party, June 1991

As We Go (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince) - listen to a 17-year-old Sam rap
Compulsive Fire - probably the first time we played it live
For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield) - I can still remember the looks of shock on Sam's and my faces when Matt first hit that wah-wah pedal
Silent Lucidity (Queensryche) - included purely for its comedic value
Madness - an excellent live version of this
On My Way - hey Matt, what's a headrun?

And, since I had the FTP site open, here are a few recent goodies:
Let It Go is my latest song, written in October, recorded in December and then revised a few weeks ago. And this is a totally new recording of an old Wayward Sun classic.

Enjoy!

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Timpane's picture

Found...

I found a random tape last nite as i was putting all the old tapes away. its had WS written on it and I popped it in.. it sounded like alternate versions of the first album that didn't sound familiar to me.. so I'll capture them in the next few days.

Oh, and I dig the new stuff a lot, ben.

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weed's picture

Wow

I wrote those lyrics? Really?

I'm ready for Peter Cetera-hood!!! ;)

Actually, I think they're pretty good. I remember writing when I was rather inebriated, waking up the next day, looking at what I had wrote, and being unable to decipher most of it. The only thing I saw worthwhile was the line, "Time keeps us apart, but time must pass. Time will come when we're together at last."

The song was written around that one legible line of my drunk musings.

My $.02
Weed

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Weed

matthew's picture

The chick

The chick was Tammy Loekle. I'm not sure if she was my girlfriend or not at the point we recorded this. I'm thinking not. We went out for a while, but kind of realized that we weren't really into the romantic thing together, and stayed good friends.

If I recall correctly, I thought this was the worst possible recording I'd ever done.

And who the heck put a bass line and drums to my noodling around on a guitar? And named it "Back to Reality"? Not me, certainly.

However, I like the riff. And I can even hear the guitar solo I was unable to play back then coming back into my head. I could play it now. But about half that song would have to be scrapped.

"Crying In My Dreams" was all me. I wrote it after I woke up bawling inconsolably one night. However, that's not my arrangement in this recording, and the lyrics seem to be changed. Actually, after listening, about the only thing I recognized as being the same was the chorus.

"You'll See the Sunrise" was my attempt to play on a cool riff that I heard at the end of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". I think the name of that tune was "Two Heads are Better than One". Once again, though, there are lots of extra lyrics in there that I didn't write.

And, holy moly, could we have possibly played On My Way any faster?

BTW: Glad to see you got the whole linkage thing figured out. One thing you could do is put up streaming links. Maybe I'll edit your post to include 'em :)

"Shadows on the Wall" was probably my favorite tune Ben ever wrote. Listened to it a lot when I was moping around my first year at college. I never should have let my relatives pressure me into going to Idaho to college. That was such a lame experience. Live and learn... nobody will ever pressure me into going to college again!

In defense of the execrable performance of "Silent Lucidity"... Ben was playing the guitar, and he'd just taught me the keyboard part the day before! Weird that I didn't remember this until just now. I think I was surprised that Ben told me he'd do the guitar on that one... Kinda' scratched my head and said "OK, dude!"

And from this day forward, a "headrun" is getting a b--- --b in the back seat of a moving convertible, for lack of a better definition :P

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Matthew P. Barnson

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Ben's picture

Hee hee

"If I recall correctly, I thought this was the worst possible recording I'd ever done."

It wasn't your best work. But certainly not terrible!

"And who the heck put a bass line and drums to my noodling around on a guitar? And named it "Back to Reality"? Not me, certainly."

You and Sam recorded that one morning at my house soon before you left on the mission. I thought you'd done it all in one sitting, but it's possible that Sam went back afterwards and added the bass & drums. I think that was one of the mornings when I slept in and the two of you tried to convince me through post-hypnotic suggestions that I wanted to make you pancakes.

"In defense of the execrable performance of "Silent Lucidity"... Ben was playing the guitar, and he'd just taught me the keyboard part the day before! Weird that I didn't remember this until just now. I think I was surprised that Ben told me he'd do the guitar on that one... Kinda' scratched my head and said "OK, dude!""

Well, I realized very early on that being a keyboardist in a rock band is just about the least cool thing you can be. I was trying desperately to pick up a cooler instrument. And actually, the performance is not all that execrable (considering our ages and the lack of practice), but just the fact that we decided to cover Queensryche is hysterical.

"And from this day forward, a "headrun" is getting a b--- --b in the back seat of a moving convertible, for lack of a better definition"

I never thought I'd live to the day when I'd see Matt Barnson say "b--- --b". :)

I really dig the newer recording of "Wayward Sun" - we were going for a grittier sound, and I think it works (sort of).

I'm glad you like "Shadows on the Wall". I do like the music, but, like a lot of my songs from around that time, I find the lyrics to be horrendously hokey.

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matthew's picture

New recordings

I realized I hadn't commented on your new recordings. Pretty solid, but the only production problem I have is with how you treated your voice. You've got an awesome natural voice, but it sounds like it's panned hard left with a delay on the right.

The usual approach which works well is "vocals centered, effects panned". I don't think the delay is a bad thing, but get the main vocal to the center of the stage :)

I love your backing vocals, though. They sound tremendous. Your guitar work is pretty good, though you've got some tuning issues at the top of your fretboard... it may be a good time to look at investing in an axe that's in tune up and down the whole neck. I did that a couple years ago, and haven't regretted it once.

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Matthew P. Barnson

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weed's picture

Weed the Idiot

For the past week, I've been thinking "b--- --b" was "back rub".

Seriously.

Je suis un loser.
Weed

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Weed

Ben's picture

thanks!

I didn't actually do anything with the effect. I just selected "delay" cause I thought it sounded cool. I guess it does the panning thing all by itself.

The guitar may have just been a tuning issue, because the intonation was just repaired a few months ago. Plus it's way nicer than any guitar I've ever owned. (I assume you're referring to the electric, right?)

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weed's picture

Just listened

I just listened to Hamlet in My Minf and Let It Go.

I prefer the original Hamlet in My Mind. This is like the "unplugged" version, and I always don't like the unplugged version as opposed to the original, so its not really any indication of the quality of the song.

*This last sentence brought to you courtesy of the Public Educational System. Your tax dollars at work!*

I really liked Let It Go. I think it has "Hey Jude" sing-a-long potential.

When I win the $255 million PowerMegaLottery, I'm going to make a movie, and some of the songs will be Wayward Sun-inspired ditties. Maybe under a new name...Solar Flare? Who knows.

My $.02
Weed

My $.02
Weed

matthew's picture

Of COURSE

Of COURSE! That's, uh, exactly what I meant. You got it. Good jeaorb.

[giggle]

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Matthew P. Barnson

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Ben's picture

Lookin' at a thing in a bag

Nice obscure Homestar reference, Matt.

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