The Maturation of a Song

I know what you’re all thinking.

When is this shit gonna start sounding good?

Ok, you’re probably not thinking that, especially because I keep reinforcing this… however, I think we can all agree that progress has been slow overall.  It’s a long process folks, especially with a full time job.

Regardless… I am trying here, but if any of you still have doubts, I plan to make believers out of you with this post.

Take, as an example, a song my previous band recorded on our 2007 EP.  We wrote the album over the course of an entire year, while each of us attended different universities.

one of our logos for DQ=Victory

This was made possible by meeting up every so often, working on the song together, recording a draft, then iterating on it a few months later. Each time we met up the songs matured, grew in complexity, and got closer to what we were trying to express.

Lucky for us, I kept all of the song files we created in the process. In the depths of my hard drive I found 4 versions of the same song and put them together in a little playlist for you.

If you have 15 minutes to listen, you might just find this interesting.

Song #1 in the list is the very first time we tried to record it.  We all played it together in some basement at Michigan State University, and we clearly have no idea what we are doing.  It still gave us a starting point though.

A few months later, we got together at Grand Valley State University and recorded what I call the completed draft.  The song structure was solidified, and we were able to start trying some lyrics out.  As you can tell, we still sounded shitty, just like Blood & Banjos!

Right after our senior year of college had started, we met up for a weekend in the studio, and recorded the 3rd version you hear.  The quality has made a quantum leap, and the song sounds much more mature and polished.

the band with our studio engineer/producer Marc Hudson

Finally, the last version entailed another weekend of recording, and many hours of engineering/mixing.

This mature, studio recorded, and well mixed end product is the goal of B&B… but we’ve got a long ways to go.

As I’ve said before, though, I’m committed.

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One thought on “The Maturation of a Song

  1. xohxvalentinex says:

    Oh Murderdeathkill! 😀 I absolutely love this song (especially at 0:30 in). I’ve never heard the first drafts before, so that’s really neat. Thanks!

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