LAURIE AMAT​/​JOHN TRUBEE Forgotten Afternoon

by LAURIE AMAT/JOHN TRUBEE

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about

In September, 2015 after a gig at a BAY VIEW BOAT CLUB in San Francisco, a private club, pal Mike Dingle who sponsored the event, stuck a classical nylon string guitar in my hand, encouraging me to play it. He had bought it at a thrift shop for $40. It sounded beautiful, played beautifully, and it possessed a great "feel" to it. I had long loved classical guitar music and Flamenco music and had longed for the longest time to acquire such a guitar for myself.

I started obsessing about acquiring one and recording some of my unrecorded tunes with Laurie Amat, a fantastic singer who works on my recording projects. I found a cheap $60 nylon string guitar at a local music store and snagged it immediately. It was the cheapest one in the store and only one I could afford. Around this time Laurie made me aware that she'd be in San Francisco for a week, on a gig tour from her home base in Provincetown, Rhode Island. I rarely get to see or work with Laurie. She possesses the most amazing singing voice and incredible technical vocal skills from a lifetime of study of the art and craft of it. I asked her if she could come up to Santa Rosa for an afternoon to record several tunes that had been eating wormholes in my head for years. She agreed to come up on October 20th.

We'd record at Don Campau's Lonely Whistle Studio--essentially some recording equipment set up in his garage at home.

I prepared music lead sheets and lyrics sheets for Laurie, honing them in my spare hours on my days off and after work. Then I emailed them as attachments to her for her to study. Laurie appeared on October 20th, we drove over to Don's home studio in the Bennett Valley section of Santa Rosa, and spent the afternoon recording the works. I insisted that both the guitar and Laurie's vocals be recorded in real stereo with 2 mics. A stereo image, even on a single sound source, provides a much richer recording, a spatial ambiance and a warmth missing when sound sources are recorded in mono.


We recorded my guitar tracks first, then Laurie recorded her parts to them. She invented all the vocal parts, harmonies, and ideas in the vocal arrangements. She worked off the melodies I provided in the lead sheets and the words from my lyrics sheets.

We had no rehearsal time, we simply knocked this out in several hours on that afternoon. My guitar parts were simple. I heard these tunes in my head for years. Laurie is a consummate professional, an imaginative singer with a quick mind. She simply fleshed out her parts from my basic ideas. A couple of times I tried humming the melody to her based on the lead sheets
I had written, but she quickly shushed me up because it distracted her concentration and the sound of the music as she was hearing it in her head. I always let her work how she sees fit because her vocal ideas are much more fantastic than anything I could ever hope to contrive.

Three of the tunes are admittedly very short. I simply wanted to HEAR them, get them out of my head, playing a basic verse-chorus-verse-chorus. I am not recording an album, had very limited time and money, and I was seeking to impress no one. I wanted to hear my songs in the real world for once rather then spinning endlessly in my head.

The next day I returned back to Don's studio alone and dubbed in simple percussion and bass on THE GOOD TIMES ARE OVER and bass and fuzz guitar on SPANISH SUNSET EXDOCRIUS REDUX. I am not 100% satisfied with my dubbed parts on the latter tune. I hope to dub improved versions of them at some future time. In the interim, longtime UGLY JANITORS OF AMERICA bassist Jack Vees--established composer, music faculty member at Yale University, and author of THE BOOK ON BASS HARMONICS--provided bass parts for the tunes via file sharing on email.

At some point I will complete the final touches on these tracks, but I really enjoy the results as they sound now.

The purpose of recording these tunes was:

(A) To HAVE FUN

(B) To take advantage of Laurie Amat's terrifying vocal
skills for the brief time she was in the area

and

(C) Excrete song ideas that have run ruts in my mind for years, driving me crazy.


Once I record my songs, I no longer hear them in my head, and new songs supersede them to continue to drive me crazy. I strongly regret not possessing the time and resources to more frequently record my multitude of song ideas. This is the terrible struggle of my life--somehow getting all this music out of my head before I am dead while I am continually enervated and depleted from my full-time workaday job routine.

credits

released October 21, 2015

LAURIE AMAT/JOHN TRUBEE
Forgotten Afternoon

1 One Drop of Rain
2 Man of Action
3 Spanish Sunset Exdocrius Redux
4 The Good Times Are Over

Vocals and vocal arrangements by Laurie Amat
Guitars and percussion by John Trubee

Engineered by Don Campau
Recorded October 20 and 21, 2015
Lonely Whistle Studio
Santa Rosa, California, USA

Produced by John Trubee

All songs composed by John Trubee
Published by
ESCAPE FROM THE EVIL DWARVES, BMI
Copyright © 2015 John Trubee

TRUBEE RECORDS
PO Box 4921
Santa Rosa, CA 95402 USA
johntrb09@gmail.com
www.johntrubee.com

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Track Name: SPANISH SUNSET EXDOCRIUS REDUX
SPANISH SUNSET EXDOCRIUS REDUX

Copyright © 2015 John Trubee

Published by ESCAPE FROM THE EVIL DWARVES, BMI


The clouds and the surf and the sand and the sun

And the wind and the sky since time had begun

And the time and the time since the cosmos was one

All the time

O the time


We stood on the shore by the edge of the sea

And our time was all ours and our time was all free

Until sunlight surrendered we sought shelter

By the lee

All the time

O the time


The night and the stars and the moon and the clouds

Envelope our sleep as we doze in our shrouds

Til the kingdom of night yields to the plow

All the time

O the time
Track Name: ONE DROP OF RAIN
One Drop of Rain
Copyright © 2015 John Trubee
Published by ESCAPE FROM THE EVIL DWARVES, BMI

One little droplet of rain
Falls on the desert sand
Two little droplets of rain
Where once the arroyo ran
Three little droplets of rain
Nature weeping blood
Four little droplets of rain
Intimate a flood

Oh---------
The sky is crying
Oh---------
The old things die
One drop of rain
It changes all the world


Five little droplets of rain
Soon the dam will break
Six little droplets of rain
A mighty river make
Seven little droplets of rain
Sweep the debris away
Eight little droplets of rain
Evoke a bright new day
Oh---------
The sky is crying
Oh---------
The old things die
One drop of rain
It changes all the world
Track Name: THE GOOD TIMES ARE OVER
The Good Times Are Over
Copyright © 2015 John Trubee
Published by ESCAPE FROM THE EVIL DWARVES, BMI

The good times are over
What more can we do?
'Cept to shed a tear
And smile awhile
'Til all this is through

The chairs are on the tables
They turn the lights on
You stumble drunk
And glassy-eyed
Out into the dawn

And though I be crazy
And yes, quite insane
I won't let those mofos
Destroy my brain

The good times are over
Your friends are all dead
What all remains are memories
That swirl through your head

The laughter, the revelry
The music at end
We sob and gesticulate
Our clothes we do rend

The wine and the whiskey
The bourbon and beer
Spur our urge to micturate
And coalesce into tears

And though I be crazy
And yes, quite insane
I won't let those mofos
Destroy my brain

The chairs are on the tables
They turn the lights on
You stumble drunk
And glassy-eyed
Out into the dawn