Pretty Productive Almost-Week-Long Break (Part 2)

With the help of the missus, I was also able to finalize the Tandem album art. She helped me pick out a solid background color (I am colorblind, remember?) and a nice font for the title and track list. We actually went back to the original sketch of the album art for the title layout. Which is quite amusing because the sketch has been posted right above my desktop ever since I started working on the thing, but I never paid much attention to it after I had the line drawing on the computer.

If I'm not mistaken, this is the sixth version of this cover.

The track list art wasn’t changed from my original idea. I just changed the background color and the font to go with the cover.

The track list images are just all the layers that make up the image on the cover.

The other thing I was able to accomplish for Tandem over the break is that the album art you see above… is the one I used in the video I uploaded to Youtube!

It took me a couple of hours to finish the video because it took some time to figure out what I could and could not do with the (free version of the ) video editor I used and which options and settings work for me. But making my next videos shouldn’t be a problem now that I’ve figured those things out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETUuAtRX45Y”

Yep, the channel is finally up.  After almost two years. I still need to record two more tracks, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The channel and track 1 being up actually give me a pretty definite deadline for the remaining tracks. Which, for me, is a good thing so the album doesn’t get delayed any further.

Well, that’s pretty much my six-day break. Which actually means I wasn’t able to grade any of the papers I took home. Hopefully this morning I will get started on those…

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Pretty Productive Almost-Week-Long Break (Part 1)

Well, over the six-day break, I’ve been able to finish a lot of stuff for Tandem. It’s actually a wee bit greater than it would seem because I was pretty much a full-time parent over the break because the missus didn’t get much of one. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to spend whole days with the kids. (Well, fine. It was great, most of the time.) With the full time parenting and my share of household chores, I didn’t think I would get any Tandem work done. But I did! Yay, me!

First, I was able to finish my 8th track for the album. As per this blog’s tradition, the lyrics are below and the song title is a link to the song.

This song’s basically built from bits and pieces of Bob’s (old) blog, which were really bits and pieces of a book she read. It didn’t turn out exactly how I initially imagined it to be, but I kind of like how it mutated into a drive-and-delay-heavy, feedback-y ballad.

Elegance

I met a soul as old as mine

In a body that is trapped in time

But wise enough to know that some things can’t be helped

And everyday she’d grow a little

But her heart is still caught in the middle

Of things she couldn’t understand

‘Cause sometimes the fantasy’s too much to take

Knowing some things are never meant to change

She stands across the hands of time

A fate that never is so kind

Counting the countless seconds in between

But never holds that rarest chance

Where the hands meet in their eternal dance

To show a glimpse of the always that lies within

‘Cause sometimes the fantasy’s too much to take

Knowing some things are never meant to change

It’s so hard to be lost in dreams while you’re awake

But it’s what you need sometimes to make it through the day

She gazes into the dying light

Tears well up in the corners of her eyes

But as she drifts away into the endless night

She knows that everything will be all right

‘Cause sometimes the fantasy’s too much to take

Knowing some things are never meant to change

It’s so hard to be lost in dreams while you’re awake

But it’s what you need sometimes

Yeah, it’s what you need sometimes

It’s what you need sometimes