March 30, 2014 (post 2)

Even though George Harrison and John Lennon were in my consciousness at a very young age as seriously talented axe-men, I don’t think I truly understood what it meant to PLAY guitar until I heard Eric Clapton’s version (with the Bluesbreakers, of course) of “Hideaway”. I was 9. It was as sure of a thing as there ever could have been to make me want to pursue guitar performance prowess (always and forever seraching) and music in general. I wanted to give people that feeling I got when I heard him bend up to the G# above fret 12 toward the end of that song. It’s fucking magical. That whole Bluesbreakers record is magical. I still consider the thing to be the Bible on blues-rock guitar playing. The tone is correct. The gear correct. Vibe correct. Attitude correct. Everything correct.

Being 9, I obviously had to do my homework to get caught up on the rest of his career. It took some time listening and collecting and honestly I mostly didn’t like what I found. Cream was completely righteous. Blind Faith was insanely hip. Derek and the Dominos totally amazing. But then I found a bunch of years of mid-tempo rock numbers mixed in with California-branded country-rock mediocrity, all played on Strats through Fender amps with clean tone. And let us not forget all those Italian suits in the mid 80s mixed in with all the previously noted garbage.

Disappointed to say the least.

He came back in a big way in the late 80s with some very late-60s Eric-style playing and held it together nicely until about 1996 when all of a sudden I was walking around Ontario Mills and heard “Change The World” for the first time. I knew it was back to middle-of-the-road-boresville and that bummed me out.

Eric Clapton turned 69 today. It continues to freak me out every day with how old we’re all getting because it makes me think that I heard “Hideaway” over 25 years ago. Insane. I may not really dig his career between 1971 and 1987 (and then from 1996 onwards), but whatever. I’m forever grateful for the early years that inspired myself and so many of us to grab amazing Gibson guitars and put them into amazingly LOUD amps and WAIL AWAY.

Happy birthday you old bastard. I’m gonna get some woman tone rolling today and do some recording.

March 30, 2014

David here.  I realize that I haven’t updated this since the end of 2011.  Plenty has happened since then in the form of new releases, Vault updates, and some of our music getting featured in a movie (updates on that to come), but I never took the time to do a THOUGHTS update.  Well, I’m back and I’ll be doing more updates as this new project unfolds.

For the last 3 weeks I’ve been releasing new work.  Some of it has been art, some of it music.  More art is to come in the following weeks and then the music really hits at the end of April.  It’s been a long time coming for a lot of these songs and while it’s exciting to finally get a release date for this material, it’s also very scary.  What happens next?  This isn’t the first time I’ve released music, but could it be the last of this type?  It’s heavy.  We go through this as artists from time to time, wondering if we have anything else to say.  I don’t know that I do, but I’m guessing that like a great deal of this material, it will hit me quickly and I’ll be off to the races.  At least that’s what I’d like to believe right now.  I don’t want to even think about the tank being empty because it leaves me in a very depressed state of mind.

For now, I’m going to embrace this process and forge ahead to the end of the year where by that time I will have released 33 new songs for this project.  The creative process continues.  The next month will be very busy with continued final tracking followed by mixing and mastering.  Stay up to date with  That’s where everything will be focused.  You can certainly find all the songs on our Facebook page as well as here at Hey Now Records, but the main place is  The “SAM / i am” single was added to the store today and as all of the other singles, it’s free. Go download it and keep in on your iPod.  We’re also on Soundcloud.  As I’m reading this back we’re appearing to be everywhere.  That’s a good thing.

Stay tuned.  More music to come.  Share it.  Tell your friends about it.  And if you do, thank you in advance.


October 9, 2011

Today is John Lennon’s birthday.  He would have been 71 today if he hadn’t been murdered in 1980.  It’s always incredibly sad for me to think about John being gunned down.  It really has nothing to do with me believing he was the second coming of Christ because by all accounts I have read, John was flawed like the rest of us, sometimes in ways far beyond the normal levels of hypocrisy, selfishness, and malice we typically see from people day to day.  John gave us his music.  I miss his melodic and rhythmic sense.  I miss his voice, in song and interview.  It would have be nice to see him continue on into the 80′s and 90′s much like McCartney did, maybe going on tour as was planned and playing all those songs he and the guys retired in the 60′s.  He was going to tour in the spring/summer of 1981.  Plans were put to rest on December 8th, 1980.  John’s recording career lasted all of 13 years.  The albums in the 70’s weren’t always brilliant and there was – for my taste – ALWAYS too much Yoko, but you were never left without at least one treasure even if the album didn’t live up to the hype.

Remember John today.

I’ve been recording the last week, working on the EP.  I’m extremely excited about the progress and direction this thing is going.  I’m doing my best to try and stay out of the dark place, but I do know that mix sessions will commence soon and then the darkness will truly begin.  I don’t mind.

I will let the light that shines before me guide the way.

The light that shines before me.


September 22, 2011

Continued work on the new EP, and the goal is still to get this out before the end of the year.

I also started listening to a BBC show about Dennis Wilson.  I am so drawn to the creativity of the Wilson brothers and the Beach Boys in general.  Dennis’s story is a sad one and I hope I can last the entire show.  It seems like it’s going to be depressing.  If I need a pick-me-up, I’ll turn on some early Beach Boys material and that will set my head straight.  Their version of “Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring” is so incredible.  SO incredible.

Speaking of Beach Boys, the SMiLE box set is due here on November 1st.  If you don’t know much about the legend of SMiLE and the headache it will forever give Brian Wilson, look here.  It’s incredible and the great album that never was is about to BE.  It’s incredibly exciting for me.

Hope you’re all digging Paper Airplane and all the rest of the Vault.



September 8, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but we have the new album ready for release.  I’m absolutely amazed with where we took this thing from the conception of this project right up through the final master.  I hate that life got in the way of getting this thing out there and it’s really almost been one whole year since laying down the initial tracks.  It’s a moot point now, though.  It’s finished and sounds glorious.

The next thing to work on is the small matter of getting an EP out before the end of the year and our 5th anniversary Christmas single.  I won’t go into too much detail, but the 5th single will bring along a nice tying up of the 5 year ends, helping us move into the future for more singles and more Christmas celebration.

Anyway, dig the new album and keep checking in to see what is happening with the new music coming down the pipe very soon.


June 30, 2011

Listening to the final mixes of the new album before we do the master.  I have 2 words: fucking incredible.  They feel and sound wonderful.  They have the beautiful richness and earthiness that we wanted as we were getting started with this thing.  I don’t think we could have asked for anything more.

It’s July tomorrow.  We planned on having this thing out on Memorial Day weekend.  So much for sticking to the production calendar.  This is what you get when you are your own boss.  It’s good and it’s bad and I think we did the right thing.



June 25, 2011

Listening to the 96k/24 bit Paul McCartney remasters this morning.  They sound quite phenomenal and I’m very impressed.  I never really had a ton of appreciation for McCartney II before this.  I think it had something to do with the fact that when I think Paul McCartney, I want to hear “I’ve Just Seen A Face” or “Maybe I’m Amazed” and McCartney II so isn’t that. Not even close.  It’s all experimental, weird, creative, and really shows you what can happen when an artist is left in a dark room for 6 months, left only to his devices.  It’s becoming a go-to album for when I’m in one of those moods to not be creative even though I (mostly) have no desire to create in that fashion.  The furthest I went with that whole vibe was Drive.  I’m still not sure why I went that direction with my first album, but that’s another discussion for another day.

Back to the 96k thing…

We all really need to somehow move into this 96k thing.  The depth of the music is remarkable and, let’s face it, the Red Book code is just old.  Having said that, my next album was started in 44.1 and will remain there for the duration of course albeit 24 bit.  We did track the album in Chicago at 96/24, though, and I’m really digging it thus far.  I’m thinking about offering a multi-tiered download of that album to see what the response might be.  I’m thinking lossless FLAC 96k/24 bit, maybe one at 44.1k/16 bit, and MP3.  If you have any opinions on the matter, drop us a line in the contact section.

Back to McCartney II, but on to the bonus audio (a 10 minute galloping jam titled All You Horse Riders is in this next jam)


June 23, 2011

Just doing some random testing on this site.


June 23, 2011

I opened this page today to simply keep you updated on what was going on in the world of Hey Now Records.

Today we were listening back to some tracks in preparation for the mastering phase of our next new project titled Paper Airplane. This duo project of Andy and myself is 10 years in the making, finally realized during an amazing trip I took to Chicago in October 2010.

We’re going to include 9 wonderful new songs in an all acoustic duo setting.  We wanted to get the setting just right for the songs and keep them in a very organic space.  The mixes are just about finished and really all we’re doing at this stage is just fixing the nit-picky things that we’d otherwise be kicking ourselves over in 5 years.  Good to get it right the first time.

Other than that, we’re keeping the gates open on the Vault for the next 10 days and hopefully you’ll all join us in checking out the tracks (streaming or download, all FREE).  Stay tuned for more information on Paper Airplane.  It’s almost finished.  Promise.