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October 2008 - Chris Schuette

Weekly Thing #24: Pretty in Puce

October 30, 2008 | By | No Comments

One of the nice things about writing for a variety of projects is that I’m occasionally asked to come up with something in a specific style. (“Hey, can you write a 50’s Rock & Roll song?” or “Can you do a Dixieland style?” or “Do you have to keep laughing hysterically when someone mentions the word ‘maverick’?”) Um, that last one has nothing to do with anything.

This week’s piece is actually part of a cool project I participated in recently.  I was asked to come up with an “80’s power ballad” to accompany some lyrics.  I didn’t want to do something over-the-top, but I needed to come up with something with an 80’s sound.  I ashamed to say that it wasn’t really all that hard to do.  This one is called “Pretty in Puce” and it runs 1:08m.  I hope you like it…or don’t like it; either way is cool.

Weekly Thing #23: Sea Manic Confusion

October 23, 2008 | By | No Comments

Maybe its the time of the year, or maybe I’m so tired from the election coverage that I could just spit (in anger!) but I had a hell of a time coming up with something this week.  Luckily, part of the reason is that I’m also working on a project involving Zombies.  Um, that would be a film involving Zombies, not actual Zombies or the popular 60’s band, The Zombies.

OK, now that I’ve said “Zombies” too many damn times, I can tell you about this week’s non-Zombie-related music.  This is just a simple piano-based 12-bar blues piece with a New Orleans feel. It runs 2:16m and is called “Sea Manic Confusion,” which is a play on words.  Unfortunately, I forget which ones. Enjoy!

Weekly Thing #22: Dark as Night

October 15, 2008 | By | No Comments

Sorry this is a little late, but I’ve been trying to get my plumber, Joe on the phone.  Apparently, he’s rich now.  OK, I just finished watching the third Presidential debate and…God, is this thing over yet? I mean, who are we voting for again?  McGovern?  Is it McGovern?  It’s McGovern, right?

All right, enough of that.  This week’s Music Thing actually started with a bass line…and a simple bass line at that.  I later started playing around with some string patches and found a combination that didn’t annoy the crap out of me.  With any luck, it won’t annoy the crap out of you either.  (I might need to work on my sales technique)  I like the way it turned out and I don’t really know how to categorize it; it’s not Classical, or Jazz, or Funk, and I don’t know about you, but I’m sure as hell not dancing to it.  Wait, maybe I am.

Anyway, it’s called “Dark as Night” and it runs 2:08m.  Listen with someone you love.

Weekly Thing #21: Secondhand

October 9, 2008 | By | No Comments

I planned to have a more (hopefully) interesting piece this week, but time honestly got away from me.  A good friend of mine is in the hospital, so that kinda cuts into the whole “let’s write something with a boatload of instruments” thing.

OK, all odd ramblings aside, this week’s piece is simple, like, really simple.  OK, it’s just me at the piano.  But hey, that’s how I got started.  I call this one “Secondhand” and it runs 1:39m.