Below are the audio files that make up the 2015 RPM Challenge Album "Hector & the Hellcat". This is a 'challenge for fun' that takes place in the month of February (record 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material). I've been recording under the band name 'Alive Underground' for 5 albums. Of course as with everything this is a learning experience...'nuff said (That's my way of saying it's best to leave the recording engineering to the experts...but until one shows up, well...)
Blue Yonder - A love song of sorts telling the story of a lady who hails from rural Newfoundland, who like so many others, moves to 'Town' (St. John's) but eventually outgrows the city and leaves. The narrator I imagine to be a cab driver who was her lover.
Honky Tonk Song - An entertainer who came out of a hard place and has gathered scars and stories...eventually realizing that he is living the bar life. He's ok with that.
'Ladies' is one of my favourite stories. I am a strong believer that we should honour our Veterans and our history. This is the story of William, a young Newfoundland man who goes off to the 'Great War'...with a twist. Lest we forget.
I keep a notebook of lyrics that come to me called 'snippets'. This is being read as I'm playing chords, a definite 'first take' never to be repeated!
I'm playing with the idea of a Concept Album (no, really!) about the populating by decendants of the europeans of the Newfoundland and Labrador region over several generations, or something along those lines. 'Eric'. is sort of the voice of the common man. This one is not near complete!
Not my song but the Hellcat's. She wrote it up at the cabin while I played the progression. Kind of sadly nice I think.
I wrote this poem while still in high school. 1974/75 I'm thinking. The scenes can still be found in the north to some extent. I found it in an old sketch book...near a half finished pencil sketch of some kind of alien (!) brandishing a very serious sword!! Yikes. What was I thinking?