Archive for February, 2011

Update for the Fang Club

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Last year I got upper jaw expansion surgery, last week I got the braces on and this week I got two teeth wrenched out. I wish I could say that we’re through torturing my poor mouth but there’s still one more painful appointment left to undergo – gum grafts, ugh.

I’ve never been one for celebrations in my honour, but once I’m done with all this dental mayhem I will be throwing the biggest party ever! With crunchy and sticky food all around!

Right now though, I’m keeping it mellow, rinsing with salt water and eating soft foods while my mouth heals. The braces have left me with a bit of a temporary lisp but once I’m done with that I’ll get back to the task of recording my vocals.

Can’t wait!

Tin Grin

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I’m off to see Dr. G to get the dreaded braces on – 110 min of torture. And to think I actually paid for this!


Monday, February 14th, 2011

After coming home tired and spent I realized how easily my confidence can be shaken just from one person’s opinion. I’d like to think that after years of working on building myself back up from my broken youth that I would not be so vulnerable to bend at the slightest remark. Granted this stuff of progress is just that – A constant struggle towards your end goal that doesn’t follow in a neat linear direction.

In the case of making music, I would always be the first to question my abilities thinking “Oh, what I’m doing is too simple” or “I’m not a musician”. In reality, sure what I’m doing on the guitar is simple but it’s still music. Most of my favourite songs that I listen to over and over again are based around simplicity. Those are the most memorable. Perhaps, that’s what I have to remember, and not get caught up with the fact that I’m not creating crazy musical arrangements but rather a simple pop song.

Sometimes the most difficult thing in music or any art for that matter is accepting what you do to be that very thing that sets you apart and defines your own style.


Friday, February 11th, 2011

I surprised myself last week by getting almost all of my recording done for rhythm guitar. I finished five out of seven tracks. The neighbours were out for most of the morning and from what I could tell their tiny terror spent the rest of the afternoon at someone else’s house – Ahh, peace and quiet! Soon I won’t have to worry about scheduling my recording around the activity of my rowdy neighbours because I’ll have my own house – Yay! Good riddance apartment living I say!

As I sat down to listen to one of the songs once it was lined up with all the other tracks, a smile crept across my face… What a good feeling it is to at last feel comfortable in one’s skin. Even if these recordings don’t come out perfectly, they will at the very least provide an accurate representation of my songwriting ability.

Finally, this is my sound.

Return from the Dead

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

My week-long hibernation has finally come to a halt. Although, the word “hibernation” makes the flu sound more like I underwent a peaceful and cozy sojourn when it was really more like being dragged up from the dead!

My slow recovery seems to be setting the overall pace of my music schedule these days too. However, I have to admit that so far, I’ve been pretty fortunate in that respect. All of the musicians who agreed to contribute to this project have done so with efficiency, great heart and formidable talent to match. Right now I’m pretty excited as I wait for an old Refrain Side Project alumnus, Dumb Blonde, Dead. to record the lead guitar for four of the songs on my album. I’m usually the first to complain about technology but in this situation I’m actually quite revered by it – Thanks to the internet Dumb Blonde, Dead. and I are able to collaborate regardless of the fact that I’m in Montreal and he’s in Mississippi! Ah the magic of the world wide web!

Tomorrow, I’m set to record my guitar tracks – hopefully I’ll be able to get it done without any disturbance from my noisy neighbours! So far Sundays have proven to be my best bet to get my recordings done because the people with their roadrunner kid downstairs are usually out for the morning. This should afford me just enough time to get my recordings down. Tricky business recording at home! Can’t wait to leave this apartment and move into my house when noise will no longer be a hindrance.