Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 3rd 2014 Release of 'Season X'

'Season X' is completed.
It went together within six weeks.
I have been busy elsewhere with work (the income that music does not provide).
I like the album, I can listen to it for hours on end but, I have no idea at all as to the interest of this album in other people.
Another notch in the belt of MPK Production so that I can listen to my own music?
Admittedly, much of this album could have been far better if it had been collaborated by others that could contribute by expertise and performance.
One person (myself) sat down and laid it down over six weeks.
Enjoy it, it was intended to be emotionally captivating so that the listener would want to hear more.

(front cover)

‘Madam Tier’
The Voorholes

Madam Tier, Madam Tier, Madam Tier, Madam Tier,
I’m no longer looking at my younger years.
Madam Tier, Madam Tier, Madam Tier,
I guess I should have so much more to fear.
I guess I should be the one to never stand near.

And now………..
As the sun sets from the sky.
I sometimes just take the time to not even try to ask why.

I’m older now but, I still see it all, I still see it all, I still see it all,
The same as I did before.
That’s no where to go, and that’s no way, and that’s no where to say where I’ve been.
That’s no way to say that it’ll mend.
And it’s not even a vague attempt to look like its mending.

Here I go around again; I’ll keep my head up like the suns good medicine.
When I mend.
When I mend.
When I mend.

And now, I’m just thankful to be out of the storm, just to be out of the storm
I’m just grateful to be out of the storm; jus to be out of the storm.
And everything’s broken on the ground and, it won’t mend.
The sun in the sky is my only medicine

Walk right down and look around, here I am on not so sacred ground
Here I am.
Here I am.
Here I am.
Here I am.
Here I am.
The suns beating down just like when I was younger.
The same old that it was before.


‘Edna Goes To Waverly’
The Voorholes

(back cover)

‘Madam Tier (Reprise)’
The Voorholes

Essentially, I started recording under a different name.
At this point, I'm not so sure just how different The Voorholes are compared to MPK (Band).

It was good to lay down these tracks and finally achieve 
The Voorholes third album.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Uncle Fred Sent Me

I had driven through northern New Jersey and The Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York.
It was a busy day involving much handling of product onto a handcart as I would eventually empty an entire tractor trailer.
I returned home pleased with my surroundings but, tired.
So,  I picked up a guitar and turned the microphone pre-amp on and sang 'Uncle Fred'.
I didn't have any great plans for it but, I then recorded the ambient guitar track and decided to just go with it.
I was tired so, it took much more time than usual but, I did record the backing guitar track for the instremntal portion of 'Uncle Fred'; the second part.
I recorded two overlay guitar tracks and then mixed them.
I'm really quite pleased to have a recording like this, it just doesn't come about in a very conventional manor for me.
Fortunately, there never was a 'Uncle Fred' in my life or the entire family that I'm aware of.
I guess, I'm attracted to songs about pain in passing.
Also, the voice in the recording that says "Stop Uncle Fred, Stop" is myself with a pitch increase.
It is not Natalie Wood.
The song is about a character that would equate with a very bad Fred Gailey that was never scripted.
In conclusion, this would be the worst Christmas song ever recorded but, it is a type of rock song that I have been interested in producing.


 ‘Uncle Fred’
The Voorholes

Hey kids, gather around, I got a sad song to tell.
Uncle Fred, he’s so much more than dead.
Uncle Fred was using heroin when he was loaded to the core.

On Christmas morning, Uncle Fred stole a house; he slowed down right in front of it.
And, a little girl full of delight, she said this is my plight, this will be my home.

Uncle Fred,
Uncle Fred,
Uncle Fred,
Uncle Fred,
Why did you turn out that way, Uncle Fred?

Uncle Fred, he used heroin five or six times a day;
Uncle Fred.

Stop Uncle Fred, Stop!

 Perhaps, there will be a Voorholes book in which the reader 
will have a opportunity to identify 'Uncle Fred' 
in a assortment of photographs.
Perhaps not.

Live! Just out of bed in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Season X: Now What?

Last year in 2013, The Voorholes debuted with four releases consisting of two albums and two EP's.
The last release was a EP titled 'Badly In and Out of Love', it was a mellow end to the year of The Voorholes.
It's now late April 2014, a project titled 'Season X' (season eX) is under way; at this time only two tracks have been recorded.
Admittedly, the project needs direction and dynamic material that these two tracks do not represent.
I am keeping this project open until I'm satisfied with the overall content.
I don't necessarily want Season X to be a extraordinarily hard rock album but, that could be the result of limitation.
I will try to compose above and beyond (It may seem weird to site Buck Owens for 'Above and Beyond' but, it really does move that way around here).

 ‘D Part, now, A Part’
The Voorholes

(Departure, now apart)

 This is actually about 80 feet high on the side of US Highway 46 but, 
it would be more fun if it was 277,000 feet  (84,429M) tall 
and drew the Earths atmosphere into a tail 
that would eventually form a ring around the planet 
(maybe only high clouds).

 ‘Season X’
The Voorholes

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Constant Sorrow of Gravity’s Downward Situation (2013-07)

The Constant Sorrow of Gravity’s Downward Situation (2013-07)

Something in my head,
Something in my head,
Resonates with the last word you said.

I put it on WikiLeaks,
I put it on WikiLeaks.

Kind gentleman in uniform standing at the front door,
Wouldn't mind if I could tell him just a little bit more?

'I Put Your Name on WikiLeaks Because I Love You'
The Voorholes

'The Waters Edge'
The Voorholes

'The Good, The Bad, The Unheard'
The Voorholes

'When Our Children Are Grown and Tell'
The Voorholes

'All Those Things I Said Alone'
The Voorholes

Little Jimmy was a snail; he often thought at times his life would be easier as a whale.
On the ground is a snail; in the water is a whale.

Everywhere Little Jimmy went, he would leave a trail.
Little Jimmy could read and write in Braille because that's the way he left a trail.
If there was no water, his Braille would be frail.

'Little Jimmy The Snail'
The Voorholes

'The Summer Song'
The Voorholes

'Forced Into Isolation by the Will of Another'
The Voorholes

'Stupid Ideas To Die Alone For'
The Voorholes

Don't I stand for a notion?
Don't I engage in a forward motion?
Don't I walk toward you?
Don't I uphold you?
Don't I tremble during a storm?
Don't I cause a commotion?
Don't I put my head in my hands when I not with you?

'Don't I Have It Coming?'
The Voorholes

'I Will Turn Myself For You'
The Voorholes

'Some People Don't Always Do Too Well In Writing About Their Thoughts'
The Voorholes

'Sleep Versus Paradox'
The Voorholes

When I'm near you, I slow down and forget about ferocious decay.
When I'm near you, I'd give almost anything to walk away from where I stay.

Something struck so hard, I can't look away.
It's all on believing that this can't be the only day.

Just like times before,
Someone has opened the door.
Just like before, there's an ever more.

I don't know what to say,
I don't know what to feel,
I want you now.

The Voorholes

'The Constant Sorrow of Gravity's Downward Situation'
The Voorholes

Monday, July 8, 2013

(Pronounced 'Vo͝or-'ōls)

 This evening, I decided to clarify the pronunciation of The Voorholes.
It is pronounced 'Vo͝or-'ōls. The 'h' of 'Voorh' is silent.
Perhaps it is somewhat reminiscent of a 1950's Doo-wop group or a 1960's British popular music group such as The Tremeloes

A recording project is slowly under way.
As I sit here and compose a few tracks, there is a sizable amount of copying and pasting of musical passages.
It is not a bad idea to sound out whatever one can from musical instruments and signal processing, it just takes a while.
At times, it is much easier to release material without hesitation if there is a known comparable style in the past, a strong knowledge in post World War II popular music can be advantageous.

These recordings that will eventually be part of an album:

‘When Our Children Are Grown and Tell’
The Voorholes 2013

This is the first recording that I used a 4 string bass with a 
capo clamped on the strings, 
I played it as a three string bass, 
the lowest string was played singularly and, 
the other strings were played as double strings. 

‘Forced Into Isolation by the Will of Another’
The Voorholes 2013

A fun song for all!!

 ‘The Constant Sorrow of Gravity’s Downward Situation’
The Voorholes 2013

The song was too long so, I slowly increased the speed of the entire playback in the last 2/3rds of the song.
Another option would be to only change the speed of one or several tracks; I was tired.
It all is simply a matter of experimentation.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Throw Yourself On Me (EP) (2013-07)

Throw Yourself On Me (EP) (2013-07-04)
The Voorholes

Happy Fourth of July to everyone regardless of where you may be.
I decided to produce an EP for Independence Day.
Although it is less than 12 minutes, 
there are five newly composed and recorded songs in this release.

 ‘Throw Yourself On Me’
The Voorholes 2013

‘Light and Transient Causes’
The Voorholes 2013
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

‘I Wanted To Know You Last Year’
The Voorholes 2013

‘And I Love It So’
The Voorholes 2013

‘Scarcely Paralleled In The Most Barbarous Ages’
The Voorholes 2013

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.