I put together my latest CD this last weekend and I decided to upload it to the social networks to see what would happen. I decided to release it on to Spotify because not only is it free, it seems to have the fastest growing network of any of the music sites out there. It felt good to write some music and make another CD. I like many of the songs on this new CD.
The links below are for individual songs but you can find the whole album on Spotify now.
Frank McKenna – All my time
Frank McKenna – Fly your spaceship home
Frank McKenna – Frankie J Fantastic
Frank McKenna – Happy with You
Frank McKenna – Lemos for Huckleberry
Frank McKenna – Mamacita
Frank McKenna – Party People
Frank McKenna – Pomp
Frank McKenna – Setting Sun
Frank McKenna – Sleep Under Stars
Kevin Nash – So it Is
Frank McKenna – Star Filled Night
Frank McKenna – Sun Shines for You
Kevin Nash – Upside Down
Frank McKenna – Vato Lean
Frank McKenna – Wobbly Knees
Writing music quite a bit this week. Another song – The Sun Shines Bright. A song about love and happy days with someone you love.
Another Ukulele song with R&B influence. Fun Song with Ukulele. I love the Ukulele.
Ukulele and guitar song writing this week with a goal to finish a full album of newer stuff by the end of the week. I’ve got about 16 songs so far – what do you think of the ukulele tunes?
Kevin broke out the Uke and performed a little song in front of roaring mountain which is ablaze with steam holes. You can see the steam pouring out of the mountain as he strums his uk
Kevin and I spent last Saturday filming a video for a beautiful arrangement that he put together with the theme song from Amelie. Kevin spent a long time producing 4 separate guitar parts and fusing them together with some beautiful harmonics. The song originally played on the accordion sounds beautiful on the guitar and even has a hint of Spanish influence. It was a great day and Kevin made a beautiful song.
I went to see William Fitzsimmons in San Diego again tonight. I have been a big fan of his music since he released an album called the Sparrow and the Crow and I felt it was a pretty influential album on the folk music scene. If you have ever seen William Fitzsimmons you know that he is known for his 1890’s beard style and soft singing style. Actually both of his parents were deaf and that is why he says that he learned to sing softly. Since there were never loud noises in the house he learned to play very quietly. William Fitzsimmons is a true artist and always sings his songs differently each time he plays them. Sometimes this can be a hit or miss strategy but in the case of his singing and style it is always beautiful. As an added bonus we got to see Chris, Vanessa, Tierney and Landry tonight at the event. It was a really great show and a great night.
My brother has been playing in straight edge punk bands since he was 16 years old. Straight Edge is an alternative movement in punk rock which was more or less popularized by bands such as Minor Threat in the 1980’s Patrick’s latest band “Adult Crash” holds on to those straight edge values and delivers a super tight punk sound. The benefit of playing in a punk band for 20+ years is that Patrick and Tim’s band (the founder) can out muscle the other bands in terms of sheer talent and the wall of sound that they deliver with the help of their better equipment. I went to see and photograph a couple of shows of my brothers band in small clubs here in San Diego and were hard driving and fast. I took a picture which captured the level of passion and aggressiveness of his band. As you can see from the picture below his hands are chaffed, raw and close to bleeding from the pounding he gave his drum set that night. Pretty incredible.