Live Loud - Drum Tracking

Hey Everyone

I wanted to share a video of Lee Levin recording the drums to Live Loud. He was able to record the session since I couldn't be there. Just wanted to give you all some insight into how the songs are made. 

Hope you enjoy!

 

Live Loud - First Listen

Here is the final track for the new EP. This is a song called "Live Loud". This was another song that I wrote after I wad funded for this project. I mentioned in a previous post how I came up with the song on a keyboard in garageband on my ipad. I'll have to put up a comparison of the original idea to the final product so you can see how it came to life. 

For the lyrics, this is the first song I've really where you might say I am making a statement. I didn't set out for that to be the case but as I was singing along trying to find words the line "Why let someone stop you, from being who you are" came out. That got me thinking about a lot of the things going on in society, especially with the recent election and how people are treating each other, how people of different races, religions and sexual preferences are treated. I thought about all the stories I read where people are bullied because of this and other things. There seems to always be so much negativity that I want to make sure that my music have positive messages in them. So I decided to write a song reminding anyone who's going through a tough time (for any reason) that there is always hope and to never give up. 

I'm really happy with how this turned out. Lee Levin killed the drums and Seth, John and Anthony did a great job on the horns. The horn lines in this song might be some of my favorite that I've had recorded to any of my songs. 

And of course, this song and all the others wouldn't be possible without the amazing Zach Ziskin. He's able to take the rough versions of these songs that I write and flesh them out to make them sound incredible. 

Hope you enjoy!

Jesse

Dad Life - First Listen - 1.25.17

Hey Everyone

Zach just sent me the second song from the new EP and I figured I would just put it out there for you all to listen to.

This is a song called Dad Life. This is a song I've had the music written for, since about the same time I wrote Part Time Rock Star (which I had written a long time before I started this Palisades Drive project). I had never really been happy with a chorus melody and so I never really got around to finishing it. When I sent Zach the batch of songs and song ideas to choose from for this idea, I really didn't think this one would make it, (there was another song called "What If" that was more polished and finished I thought he would choose) but he felt this one was better. 

So then I started working on revising and refining the melody and I came up with 4 or 5 melody ideas and then we settled on the one you are hearing. Then I added the bridge and as I was finishing the song there is that breakdown, I thought what if when the band kicks in we do a key change (something I've never done before in a song) and then Zach came back and said, "Wy don't we do it even earlier in the song?" I'm glad we did that, adds a nice dynamic to the song and gives a nice springboard to the horn breakdown.

The horns are back all over this one, similar to Part Time Rock Star. Anthony, John and Seth did a great job knocking this one down and I love their little feature. 

As for the lyrics, I struggled with this one as well and I had this idea to write a song about how I am "All about that Dad life". I was listening to the acoustic only track and just started singing some of the words and basically the whole first verse just came out. I wasn't sure if I should go in that direction but I played the first half for my family and Gia loved it so I decided to finish it. Hopefully people will enjoy the humor I tried to interject into it. 

Hope you guys enjoy and please let me know what you think. One more to go!

- Jesse

Forever - First Listen - 1.24.17

Good Morning,

I am very excited to premiere the first finished track from the new EP. I'm not releasing these in any particular order, just the order Zach finishes them because I'ver been anxious to get the new music out there. 

So as I mentioned in an early post, this was a song I started writing on a car ride home from the office. The melody came to me and I used Garageband on my phone (while stuck in traffic) to find some chords and I just kept singing it over and over because I didn't want to lose the melody. Eventually, I got to a guitar and finished fleshing out the rest of the song. 

I knew when making this album I was going to have to write a song about Franco and Gia and as we started to figure out what three songs we were going to record, it seemed that if any song would work it would be this one. I struggled with this one for a long time, to find the right words, especially for the chorus. Once I locked that in, it made the rest of the song a little easier. I've said it before, but writing lyrics is always the hardest part for me and something I don't think I am great at. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to write a song about them without it coming across too cheesy or only relatable to my family. I'm happy with how this one turned out and hopefully you all will enjoy it. 

Zach did a great job with the production. Lots of little things he does that make the track better and I love how it keeps building. Also, Seth Merlin did a killer job on the solo.Such a great tone and so smooth.

 I'd have to go back through all the songs I've ever written but this is one of the few songs (if not the only one) that I've ever started with a chorus. That's not usually my style. For my guitar playing friends, I also put a Dm in here which I don't know if I've ever used that chord in an original song before. 

Anyway, that's some info on the song, I hope you enjoy it. Please email me or post on Facebook and let me know what you think of the song. 

jesseyoungmusic@gmail.com

More to come...

Jesse

Horns! Horns! & More Horns! - 1.23.17

Well Hello There!

I'm excited to be back with another update after our little hiatus last week. Yesterday I went to Power Station studios in Pompano to record horns. For those who are music junkies, Power Station studios was a huge studio in NYC (now called Avatar) which is one of the most awarded & decorated studios in the world. The owner of that studio sold the original one and partnered with a new group down here in FL and this studio was built to the same acoustical specifications as the original.

We had a great time recording the horns for the three tracks yesterday. Below you can see some pictures from the studio as well as a short little preview video of them recording some of the horns. 

So this means recording is done, which on one hand bums me out because I love recording new music and am sad it is over, but also I can't wait for you guys to hear these tunes. Zach just needs to mix and master the tunes and then I will share. I am hoping that maybe I'll have at least one of the tunes by the end of the week? (fingers crossed). As soon as it is good to go I will post here and let you all know. My plan is I will release the music here at least a few days or so before I post anything online to the general public. 

Then I will be getting to work on finishing all the rewards. Once the songs are finished I'll be able to listen to them with Part Time Rock Star and Got Me That Way and decide on the order so I can begin finishing the design for the album. Once that is done, I'll send everyone a link to download the digital copy and then send all the rewards out once the physical albums are printed. Hoping to have that to everyone by the end of March. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything from me and I can't wait to hear what you think. Please drop me a line on FB or email (jesseyoungmusic@gmail.com) when you get a chance to listen to the new music, cause I'll be dying to know what everyone thinks. 

Next update you'll be hearing new music. So exciting!

-Jesse

I Need More Vocal In My Headset - 1.10.17

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to give you the weekly update. This past weekend Zach and I got together and I finished vocals for all of the new songs. In two weeks we'll be headed to Power Station studios to record the final piece (and my favorite part of recording)...HORNS! 

The music sounds great and I know the horns are going to take these songs to the next level. I'm really excited to get them done. So more than likely I won't have an update next week, but I will post some video here of the horns session once we are finished.

Thanks for being patient with this process, we are almost there. 

One other thing. I believe there is a way through Kickstarter that I can almost do like a Facebook live type of thing. Would you guys want to hear me do acoustic versions of the new songs, or would everybody prefer to wait until the songs are finished to hear them for the first time? Let me know either through Kickstarter, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 

Hope you all have a good week and here's a small peek at the vocal session. 

- Jesse

Let's Get It Started! - 1.3.17

Hey Everyone,

Hope you all had a nice New Years and a great holiday. I know last time I said I wanted to update you all weekly but then Christmas hit and my office was closed all last week so I got tied up doing things with Franco and Gia. But have no fear, we have made a lot of progress on the record. 

The last post I talked about a song called "It's Alright", which we were tracking drums. That track is complete (minus vocals and horns) and has been retitled to "Live Loud" based on the lyrics I've written. Zach has finished a second track (minus horns & vocals), the one we called "Forever". I am almost finished with these lyrics but it's looking like that title will stick. We are almost finished with the base track for the third song, which we called #7 and I would expect I'll have that in the next day or two. I am almost finished with the lyrics for this song as well. If I decide to keep the lyrical direction of this song it will be called "Dad Life", but we will have to see. Right now it's a tongue & cheek approach to being a parent, kind of in the vein of Part Time Rock Star and I'm still on the fence about it. We'll see how it all plays. out. 

I am going to Zach's studio this weekend to record vocals for all three and then we'll get to writing the horn parts so we'll be able to record those in the next few weeks. Then just mixing and mastering so we are getting close. 

Below is a little sneak peek of "Live Loud" & "Forever." I wanted to give you a small glimpse of what we've been up to. I'm really happy with how the music has turned out and I am doing my best to make sure I won't ruin the songs by singing over them. 

Hope you enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.

-Jesse

 

Hello from the other side! - 12.6.16

Hey Everyone

Just wanted to give you a quick update. Kickstarter finally transferred the funds about a week or two ago so I am all set there. A few weeks ago I sent Zach a bunch of songs and song ideas and we picked out the best three songs. One of them we felt we could still tweak to make better so I've been working on that the last couple of weeks when I get a moment. When I get home from work it's basically hanging with Franco and Gia so it's hard to get in some guitar playing time when you have a sleeping baby on you but I think we've finally settled on a revised melody that we like better. I need to revise a little and send back to him to see if he agrees with the changes and then the songs should be locked. 

Once we lock the songs, we'll be able to start recording and that will start with Zach building the bases of the tracks. We are also taking a look to see what tracks if any, would sound great with live drums. The previous two, Zach programmed himself and we'll probably do that for a lot of these but there might be something cool the live drums could bring to the tracks. 

As always, horns will be a big part of these songs, so I am excited to be in the studio recording those parts, but one small step at a time. 

Work is a little busy this time of year but at the end of the month I am off for a week so I should be able to get some work done in the studio then (hopefully sooner as well). Right now I am hoping to have all the tracks done by the end of Jan so that we can do an official release in March or April (which obviously you all will get sooner than that.)

So that's where we are for now. Hopefully, I'll have some pics or videos to share soon once Zach and I get in the same room. Fortunately/Unfortunately, Zach and I are able to do a lot of our collaborating without being in the same room, which helps me with my schedule but means I don't get to document as much of the process as I would like, but I will certainly share as much as I can. 

Thanks again for coming on this ride, I am very excited to get to work on these. 

Happy Holidays!

- Jesse