I have been experimenting with the way I create songs recently. As a piano player I typically just bang along the chord progression in a pretty standard way. What I wanted to work on was stepping the general melody back into the background and accentuating the song by running single note phrases all over the top. The easiest way I could think to do this was by playing songs I love and listen to all the time, and recreate them. Because I was playing songs I knew and not songs I was creating, I could really hear an old favorite in a completely new way. This turned into what will be a 5 track EP called "RECOVERY". 4 songs I cover and 1 original.
Now I typically do only religious music, but this EP isn't Gospel. It covers blues, rock, and jazz, but all in whatever genre you would sonically place my sound in.
This has been the most fun I've ever had making music. Everything you hear is me (though the drums are programmed, I can't play any kind of percussion). Just my old Casio WK-1630, Garageband on iMac, and a microphone. The covers come from all over the place. I don't want to spoil the list just yet, but within their randomness, they fit together well. Awwww, what the heck: My Funny Valentine, Gravity (John Mayer), Breaking Me (Jonny Lang), and Wonderwall (Oasis)....haha, I know.
On My Funny Valentine I got to totally revamp a jazz standard while not actually changing it up that much. I've never heard a twist on it like this. It is driven by the drumming, but I improvised on the keyboard throughout the entire song over the basic chord progression. I hope jazz heads won't be too terribly offended.
On Gravity I finally found the proper layering on my keyboard through Garageband to mimic a Rhodes Piano sound. Same kind of full song improvising with that too. (I would literally kill for an actual Rhodes). There is no guitar so it doesn't sound much like the original, but not so different that a fan would wonder what happened.
Wonderwall........it ended up almost sounding like an updated version of a Sade track.....just trust me. Again, doesn't sound like the original at all other than I didn't change the vocal melody line much.
Breaking Me is the only song on the EP that is driven by the piano. It is just drum, bass, and piano. This song got me through some serious stuff back in the day. If you don't listen to Jonny Lang, shame on you.
So, yeah I hope you like this stuff when you hear it. I hope if there's a song on here you didn't like originally, maybe you'll like my version. And if I ruin one of your favorites......well.....I don't really care. HAHA!