George's Marvelous Medicine, or, Pat's Strange Concoction..... 

When I was a wee tacker my parents used to make their own bread and porridge as well as grow heaps of strange tasting fruits and vegetables in our naturally composted garden. They were, in fact, a bit alternative and real trail blazers in their own way. Of course they also had five children of which I was the eldest. That meant I got to do a lot of the chores that sustained our healthy life style, including making the bread once a week and making porridge in the mornings. At first I quite liked the work but soon tired of it and started looking for ways to get "sacked" from the jobs. One trick was to load the bread up with all sorts of spices and added flavourings I found around the kitchen. Problem was, they made the bread taste amazing. I was an early boutique bread maker and didn't know it.....
Perhaps the least fun of the chores was milking the goats in the morning. We had two nanny goats, Sue and Sally, and a kid called Curlywig. One morning I was running a bit late and wore my school uniform whilst milking. Sally kicked a bucket of warm milk all over my pants and I was too late to change them. That was an awkward day at school I must say...
But I digress.... The point of all this is that I developed a taste for experimenting quite early in life as a way of beating boredom (not with mind altering substances I should point out, just tinkering about) which in later life has served me well as an instrument maker and developer. I guess the same qualities are necessary in song writing and composing, otherwise one would simply write the same song again and again (actually I think I've done that too from time to time).
I recently recorded a demo version of a new song and decided to muck around with it on Audacity to try and make it sound a bit bigger. I used a bit of reverb, tried doubling the guitar part  and then thought I'd try to have the notes ring into each other a bit so I tried an effect called "Paulstretch" and tried the maximum setting first so I could learn what it did (this is normal practice for me "if a pill works, take the whole box full"). The result was incredible! What I did was to convert a three minute song into something a bit over thirty five minutes. The guitar intro, which is a simple arpeggio with some open string chimes suddenly sounded like a choir in some sort of underground cave. Quite magical. I was entranced by this revelation until the vocal started. Here's a tip for young players. Never, ever listen to your voice slowed down ten times. Those little slides you do sound really horrible against a drawn out note that is perfectly in tune..... Just don't do it!
So here it is - I've called it "Love Intro" for no particular reason. Any suggestions for a better title would be greatly appreciated.
It's a bit ethereal and perhaps a bit drawn out so find a bean bag, a glass of home made wine and a slab of home made bread covered with lashings of home made goat's milk butter and enjoy.......
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  1. Love Intro

2 comments

  • Suzette

    Suzette Melbourne

    Love it...I should listen to it to help me sleep.... so maybe it should be called 'Drifting Away' or 'Floating on a dream'...

    Love it...I should listen to it to help me sleep.... so maybe it should be called 'Drifting Away' or 'Floating on a dream'...

  • cliff

    cliff geelong

    It's a bit regal... Arrival of the necessary goat for milking purposes rather than the rather exploitative later conversion to musical instrument.? well worth the listen, Pat

    It's a bit regal...
    Arrival of the necessary goat for milking purposes rather than the rather exploitative later conversion to musical instrument.?
    well worth the listen, Pat

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