In the Beginning – Gregorian Rock’s Birth

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In the beginning, inspiration struck and I wrote a song unlike any I had ever written. The concept was one that guaranteed my music would have its own sound. Everyone says “you need your own sound” and this would do it for me. Ancient combined with modern. Gregorian Rock would be Gregorian chant combined with modern musical styles and instruments.

My next step was to get an objective review from someone who didn’t know me. I posted the song on a songwriter forum and waited cautiously for the feedback. Thankfully, the criticism was constructive. I incorporated several of the suggestions, re-recorded it and reposted to the same site.

Then nothing – for about a month. So I began to think that that this wasn’t it and my next musical project would need to be something else. Within two days of this thought entering my head, two different people, from opposite sides of the planet both posted responses like “Just listened to this – wow, you need to do more and pursue this further.”

Right around that time a friend of mine posted something about how he was about to embark upon an endeavor that was guaranteed to fail unless God gave it success. I felt that same idea applied to my project. My project was quite different from everything else out there and I believed it was different enough to require divine intervention for any measure of success to occur. In a way, it relieved some of the pressure.

So I wrote another song using the same approach I used on the first one. (Side note: the approach was to sequence the instruments using MIDI; make a rough audio version of the tracks; send it to a singer friend who recorded the vocal parts; he sent his tracks back to me so I could incorporate them into the rough mix.)

A third song was written. At this point, I decided the finished product needed to sound like a band of guys playing their instruments and not like a computer pumping out the music. My view was that a drummer would play something more interesting and varied than my programmed drums. The same thing applied to guitar and bass. This choice was significant because now I was going to have to find people to play drums, guitar and bass. I needed people who really could play and would do so for little or no money. (Side note: I had almost no budget.)

I had ex-band mates and musician friends scattered around the country who might be willing to help. So my next step was to contact everyone on my list to see who was interested. It turned out I know a lot of guitarists, but not many drummers or bassists. I quickly learned who was equipped to record themselves and who wasn’t. Some folks were way too busy or at least claimed to be. Maybe they didn’t want to tell me “Your project is too weird.”

It was at this point, when I involved more people, that progress dramatically slowed.

Getting one recorded track back from one of my virtual band members was measured in weeks or months. It wasn’t completely making me crazy because I still had to write more songs (my goal was a total of ten). So until I finished all my parts (writing, sequencing and singing) I couldn’t feel too aggravated about everyone’s response time.

Just understand that the more people you add to the mix, whatever the endeavor, you are adding more personalities, more schedules, more conflicts, etc. and this means more complexity.

More to come… the story continues…

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