It's been more than a year since my last entry, or my last recording. The year has been a busy one, as my wife and I prepared for the arrival of our son, who was born in February. Obviously my priorities shifted in the year leading up to his birth. I was pleased with "The Witness", and was well prepared for it to be my last recording for a while. Our time was beginning to shift toward prepping for the baby's arrival. Much to my surprise, he's a pretty chill baby. The first month is always an adjustment, but honestly, he has settled into a predictable rhythm quite early. They wife and I discussed taking advantage of his chill-nature, and the reclaiming of small bits of ourselves and our creativity. We traded days of baby-duties with each other in order to allow us to have just a little bit of time to pursue some creative outlets. Mine is MechaniCrash. I was back in the studio this weekend, and blew off the cobwebs with a new track.
This song is called "Stay Away From Wasps", and it is a funky little guitar-driven song with samples from a 1959 public domain film called "The Wasp Woman". There isn't anyone particularly famous in it. I was more sucked in by the subject matter. It is about a woman who heads up a cosmetic company. She was formerly a model, and as she approaches 40, is disappointed by the effect her aging is having on her appearance. She is approached by a guy who convinces her that the key to returning her youth is injections of royal jelly from wasps. Needless to say, mayhem ensues, culminating with her in a full wasp-head (Think Vincent Price in "the Fly"), eating her friends. the samples I chose aren't nearly as dramatic, but everyone speaks in that droll sort of cadence that people in the 50's used to use.
Also of note is that all of the guitar work on this track was done on a new guitar that I haven't had a chance to record with until now. It is a Fender Limited Edition guitar called the "Meteora". Its a strange Telecaster with a radically different body. It's a pretty high-spec guitar, and played every-bit like one. It was really fantastic... and it kinda looks like a wasp...
The song "Stay Away From Wasps" can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, or here on this site!