The End Of the World is nigh! Come and celebrate with DC’s new eschatological song!

The 21st of December 2012 is the End Of The World according to the ancient Mayans. They were wrong of course, because they didn’t know squat about anything, and their world ended long before 2012, anyway.

But have you ever considered how ephemeral life on earth is for all of us? Have you ever ever wondered if you’ll wake up and find yourself dead? Have you ever wondered if the oil will run out before we all fry? Have you ever wondered…

Wait a minute, that’s a sermon and I don’t do sermons, I write songs.

Go to http://noisetrade.com/dccardwell to get

Go to my Bandcamp page to hear my newest song, The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, which is about all that kind of stuff (if you want it to be).

The song features me on vocals, guitars, bass and piano, and Samuel plays drums, synth and glockenspiel, and it’s a bit of an epic, really, by my standards.

So if you haven’t already, grab it NOW or you may have to wait until my next album comes out in 2013. If we’re still around then!

~ DC


The Sun, The Moon, The Stars
LYRICS © DC Cardwell 2012

The sun, the moon, the stars
Jupiter and Mars
Everybody thinks they know
Where they’re gonna be tonight
The fuel in your tank
The money in your bank
Everybody thinks they know
Where they’re gonna be tonight

But I don’t know what time it is
Something big is falling on my head
But I don’t know what time it is
I try to remember what my teacher said
You’re on your own now

You’re on your own now

The dinner on your table
The power in your cable
Everybody thinks they know
Where they’re gonna be tonight
The pictures in your camera
The things that you remember
Everybody thinks they know
Where they’re gonna be tonight

But I don’t know what time it is
Something big is falling on my head
But I don’t know what time it is
I try to remember what my teacher said
You’re on your own now

You’re on your own now

The mountains and your bed
The things inside your head
Everybody thinks they know
Where they’re gonna be tonight

But I don’t know what time it is
Something big is falling on my head
But I don’t know what time it is
I try to remember what my teacher said
You’re on your own now

You’re on your own now

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The Sun, The Moon, The Stars

New song – Birthday Present

That’s it, really.  A new song. It’s on Youtube too. Let me know what you think!

Cheers – DC

Remixing “Nobody Taught Me”

Current mood:

relieved

My friend Tony The Chameleon  (www.myspace.com/tonythechameleon) pointed out a little oddity on my song “Nobody Taught Me”

It was an electric guitar chord in verse 2 that was even further out of time than is usual for me, sloppy as I am.

So, of course, if a plain, ordinary ex-recording-studio-owner and über-music-fan like Tony noticed it, I clearly had no other option than to go back to the original multitrack on the computer and fix it.

I fixed it by taking that guitar right out of the second verse. Easy!

On the other hand, this was only the second halfway presentable song I ever recorded and I was rather shocked to find a lot of horrific glitches and noises in the tracks! And actual gaps throughout the drum track! About ten spaces where there was just silence – just a fraction of a second each, but very jarring. Tricky to fix, but I managed it.

One electric guitar track was covered with hiss that would make a 1975 Phillips portable dictaphone proud, and another had so many pops and crackles that I thought for a moment that I had lifted it off one of my dad’s 78s.

While I was in there, deep in the bowels of the song, I also fixed a few other things with the benefit of a couple more years of home recording experience.

DC's Epiphone Dot and Peavey Delta Blues

So, the end result… ta-da! Probably, to anyone’s ears but mine,  well, exactly the same as it was before!

But I’m calling it a re-mix and putting it back on my profile to celebrate and make the hours that I put into it seem worthwhile!

(Hey, I just noticed that there are five consonants in a row in the word “worthwhile”!)

I think this song has gone back on my profile more than any other one, which is probably because it’s still my favourite, despite being one of my earliest ones.

~ DC

PS: I know I should be working on a new song or two, but this just had to be done! It’s been torturing me ever since Tony mentioned it!

PPS: This is the electric guitar that I use for almost all my recordings, my Epiphone Dot Deluxe, with my Peavey Delta Blues amp.

New Song – In A Thousand Years

Mugen Guitar Soundhole

[imported from Myspace]

OK – finished a new song.

It’s actually one I wrote and recorded over a year ago, and a few of you may have heard it in its earlier incarnation, but I’ve changed a few words, re-recorded the vocals and this morning I’ve just finished tweaking it. I think it might just be ready for public consumption.

It’s called “In A Thousand Years”.

Unlike most of my other songs it isn’t me playing all the instruments. The drums are by our son, Samuel.

Tell me what you think! I can take it! I’ve been known to change things before based on what friends have told me.

~DC

PS: I got a very nice comment today from the daughter of one of the greatest and most influential rock guitarists of all time, Scotty Moore! (Hi Vikki!)

PPS: The photo is of our Mugen  “The 78” guitar.

Songs about Tom – you think *I’m* Sad?

THE Tom Anderson from Myspace
Was Tom Anderson YOUR friend in 2006?

[imported from Myspace]

There’s a bloke called Count Boogie (possibly not his real name) who has a whole profile devoted to Songs About Tom. (www.myspace.com/songsabouttom)

I think that makes me feel better… I think!

The same aristocrat of dance was kind enough to say good things about my Tom Song, so that’s cool!

I had an email from one music biz person (hi!) who said that I have to decide between comedy and serious music. Well now, I never considered Tom Is Everybody’s Friend a comedy song! If it was, it wouldn’t be a very funny one. It’s just faintly humorous, but it’s not a novelty song, any more than Dedicated Follower Of Fashion is a novelty song.

And didn’t The Beatles put Tomorrow Never Knows and Yellow Submarine on the same album, Revolver, widely acknowledged to be their best?

While I’m rambling, thanks to the two radio show presenters who put such encouraging comments on my profile – I wish I had real product to send you, but there are CDs on their way in the meantime!

Cheers – DC

2012 ADDENDUM: Tom Anderson never acknowledged “Tom Is Everybody’s Friend” at the height of MySpace (and why would he?) but in July 2011 when he was reigning over Google+ as its guest guru, he heard the song at last and commented “Nice song! There was a guy who wrote about 10-15 – an entire album “songs about Tom” – they were parodies. I’d never heard yours; it actually sounds legit :)”

DC Cardwell's Tom Song in Myspace player - screenshot from August 2007
DC Cardwell’s Tom Song in Myspace player – screenshot from August 2007

New song – Unrecorded

VU Meter

[imported from Myspace]

That’s what it’s called – “Unrecorded”, but it is recorded, if you get my drift. Wouldn’t mind knowing what you think of it!

The words (such as they are) are inspired by a very trivial observation, but they’ve come to take on quite a deeper meaning for me – funny how that happens with your own tunes! When you write a song, it’s an artifact that you’re trying to create, but then at some point, it takes on a life of its own and suddenly seems like this entity that has its own existence outside of you. Weird!

Love to all – DC

New song – “A Minute Of Your Time”

Clock

[imported from Myspace]

“A Minute Of Your Time”, which I conceived of as a Rolling Stones style rocker, but it somehow mysteriously ended up sounding like something off The Beatles “Help!” (in MY mind, anyway).

Thanks for checking my music out! – DC