So I totally accomplished a mission before I even set out to start working on it in the first place. Guys, this puts me ahead of James Bond!
This time, it all started with Taylor. Not only is he a friend, but he’s one of my Guitar Men; while I'm still learning to play something on my guitar without five-minute pauses between chord changes, I rely on the musical prowess of these guys to accompany me when I wanna sing something to a guitar accompaniment. Open mics and household jam sessions alike, it’s a neat arrangement for all.
Naturally, when I told Taylor about my project, he gave some thought and decided, “We’re gonna record a song.”
This is no big feat, not for Taylor. He’s got a ton of recording/mixing equipment on hand – and a knack for working with it. He could dubstep the shit out of Mozart if he wanted to, and it’d still sound good. Presumably, the hardest part about recording would be writing the song in the first place.
Now, I have a notebook filled with song lyrics – but I wrote most of it between the ages of 12 and 19 – so the gist of the songs ranged from “You were the one that got away, how am I ever going to enjoy high school now?” to the slightly more down-to-earth “All I want is a nap and a FroYo at the dining hall.”
I may have also referred to my frozen yogurt as “FroYo Baggins” during that time. The world really, really doesn’t need my perspective circa late 90’s/early aughts.
So my mission was to re-master one of my teen classics, or write something from scratch.
I lost sight of that idea for awhile, but it started to resurface after I stumble upon a good concept for a song. It always starts as a concept or an idea for me; little by little, words piece together into verses, adopt a rhythm, and when I can finally get to a pen and paper, a song is born.
But in the past, that “concept” had always been something to do with romance or something otherwise serious and profound (to a teenager). This concept was different. Imagine me, if you will, milling around for days on end, singing over and over…
”Your penis is a republican, I’m not saying that it’s crooked, but it veers to the right…”
To be honest – I think this was actually more profound than anything I came up with in my teenage years.
So I wrote the song and told Taylor we needed to get together ASAP – this song needed a guitar, and also needed to get posted online. After a few rehearsals, we came up with something nice.
Being that it wasn’t the caliber of music that I think either of us were expecting from Taylor’s “mission” more than it was me just wanting to have fun and blow off some steam, we agreed that this was NOT going to count as a mission accomplished. But we liked where this was going, and by the time we put that video together, I had about ten more concepts for song ideas.
So we came up with a name for ourselves (Face Basement!), started work on our sophomore hit (coming soon!), and called ourselves a band. I brought up the idea of recording a song still – for purposes of what Taylor wanted to do in the first place – but it’s kinda settled that starting a band is infinitely cooler.
Plus, we will definitely make way for Taylor to do a little mixing on our songs, too. I intend to learn how to do some of that myself as well.
And when that time comes, I will dubstep the shit out of “Your Penis is a Republican.”