Hey John, question for you. As someone getting into a band as a vocalist, I'm having a problem. The "musicians" are innately used to jamming. As a "vocalist" (read as, car&shower singer), I'm finding it pretty hard to work outside of a structured box. By this, I mean for instance hearing your albums hundreds of times, and knowing every uttered syllable and inflection by heart. Improvising is not coming easy. I'm a writer, and coming up with lyrics or finding an appropriate lyric/melody pairing is feeling downright impossible such as when we are working on original pieces. Any suggestions for trying to work through this? How do you or DID you overcome this sort of thing?
Vocals are not really a jamming thing, if you are in a room and the band is creating, hum along to create melodies, but never feel like you have to come up with the lyrics and melodies on the spot. let the band jam...record the tunes on your phone, take them home and sing over them, I some times stick a cd of rehearsal on in my car and sing ideas as I drive... creating great lyrics can happen many ways... but least of all... jamming!
Hi John, was wondering who the back up singer is on the Disconnect Album? Not only does she have a great voice, she is strikingly beautiful! One more ? if you don't mind, what was the inspiration for the song "Mary Will"? Just asking. It is so great to hear music like your John. I love it!
Take care Man.
Neil from WI.
No question, just wanted to say I saw your show last year in Annapolis, Maryland and have been enjoying your albums ever since. Though I found you through PT you clearly have great talent and stand on your own! I look forward to your next time through the area.
Hopefully your guitar strap will stay on next time!
Kurt - Annapolis, MD