You Could Have Told Me
This song came about super fast, and I think it sounds the best out of anything I’ve done before. I wrote it in one night, recorded it the next night, and mixed and edited the video the night after that. Basically, three sessions to create a recording that looks and sounds finished. Why I haven’t done this before is a mystery. I think this fast process really contributed to the freshness of the recording. Often, I’ll mix and redo things so much that it sounds boring when they’re finished. This recording was pretty spontaneous, and so was the songwriting. This is only the second song I’ve written this semester (the other demands some more instrumentation than this one did) so I was pretty psyched to get it recorded and released. It’s usually pretty tough for me to get inspired to just sit down and write a song (usually because it’s hard to know what to write about) but this one just kinda happened.
Out of every recording I’ve put up so far, this sounds the most like me. It takes an artist a long time to find their “sound” and this is definitely approaching where I want to be. I think the difference between originals and covers is that it’s a lot easier to sound like yourself when it’s something you’ve wrote. That said, I think I’ll be recording a lot more originals and a lot less covers. They were kinda cool (they sucked), but they were mostly so that people could find my music from other videos, and that hasn’t been working anyway, so I may as well record my own songs.
I’m not particularly happy with the vocals, but I recorded them at 2AM so I guess that might be why. Also I can’t sing, so that might also be why. In previous recordings, I would do a lot of layering and harmonies to try and disguise how my voice sounds, cause I’m not a huge fan. It’s pretty honest in this recording, I barely did anything to it, so if it’s not pleasing you, I doubt my future videos will. hahaha. I’m going to try and be a lot more minimal in future songs, which means less tracks and less effects and more skill and musicality in the instruments I’m using. If you’re a musician/songwriter, here’s some advice. Good songwriting makes good songs. Don’t worry too much about recording and crazy gadgets. Write good songs and play them well and you’ll be all set.
Four last points:
1. I need to learn to play bass. Keyboard bass is wicked lame.
2. I appreciate you. Thanks for being interested.
3. I need a haircut. Bad.
4. You can download this song for free or pay-what-you-want at http://benknightlife.bandcamp.com/
baby I’ve been tryna move on, you do it well
and baby you know know something’s wrong, it’s not hard to tell
when you told me, that you were moving on
I said that’s fine, and then I tried to walk along
but you can bet that I’m a wreck when I’m walking by myself
girl I won’t act like this some shit that ain’t gone down before
and I ain’t down to try and get even or settle up the score
but you said that we were moving way too fast
then there you go, cutting all that class
no need to hold me- you could of told me you didn’t love me anymore
and I’ll admit it was a stupid thing I done
chasing you round with no intent of ever being the one
and now i’m thinking that if I really tried
maybe you wouldn’t have traded me for some other guy
but it’s still incredible we were regrettable before we even begun
Yamaha Grand Piano
70’s Gretsch Drums/Sabian Cymbals
Casio Privia PX310
Mobile Pre USB
ATHM45 AudioTechnica Headphones
Macbook Pro: Logic/Final Cut
Me on the Internet: