MY BLOG: Every day for a year.
Day 9. ‘My virtual dinner table’

Today I was reminded of good friends. I’m not a particularly social creature (not to be with confused with shyness) and find that I can easily disappear for long periods of time. I’m not unhappy in this. Right now I am engrossed in making a new album, and I need the solitude to focus. Whatever the downsides of social media might be, I find it largely, a wonderful opportunity to stay connected with people that I might otherwise never see. Having a flick through my list of friends, I really do know a great many of you pretty well. And those days when you don’t need a lot, but just the odd word or thought, it’s actually a pretty cool thing to have. So I’m keeping your seat saved for my table 🙂

Until tomorrow,

Stevie. x

MY BLOG: Every day for a year.
Day 8. ‘Under your skin yet?’
If not, fear not. 🙂 I still have 357 days left. Short and sweet today, drawing breath for a big studio day tomorrow.
Until then,
Stevie. x

“Oh, it was fun for awhile, but then she started getting under MY skin.”

MY BLOG: Every day for a year.
Day 7. ‘High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo’

If ever I was going to audition for the role of mob boss, today was the day.
It’s been a fair ol‘ time since I took the vocals out for a spin, and as I slid the lid off the ancient sarcophagus, dust, bats, and cats went everywhere.
A few ‘Fat Tony’ moments later (a lot later) and I’m finally starting to oil up.
Note to self: Delete the expletives 🙂 All a bit war torn to complete today, but I will likely knock it over tomorrow. Here’s a random thing. Guitar- fingertips. Bass-wrist. Drums-calf muscle. Percussion-palms. Voice-throat. Keyboards-NOTHING! Not a twinge, nada, zip. So I’m either really clutzy at most things, or not doing one thing right.Or I have been just too soft on keyboard players. That’s going to get thrown in my face at some point, I know it. But- 1,2,3 DUCK.

Until tomorrow,
Stevie. x

MY BLOG: Every day for a year.
Day 6. ‘Today in the nerd box.’
Guitar tracking day. So how do you record at 120db and not incur the wrath of ya unappreciative neighbour? Put the speaker cab on an iso pad in an iso box! Inside the box 120dB. Outside the box only 80dB. You can easily have a conversation at that level and not a peep is heard outside the house.
Considering the amp used is a Fender hot rod deluxe, notorious for it’s LOUD, it’s a good result. If you are extra nerdy and would like the specs for the iso box just ping me. Only the vocals remain for this track. It’s kinda huge, but I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Today was a good day, hope yours was too.

Until tomorrow,
Stevie. x

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Day 5. ‘The good, the bad, and the ‘ugly chicken.’

Come what may, this is my thing. Forge through regardless. This is your project, now show some discipline and just do it!

Yesterday’s heat proved uninspiring for kitchen type creativity in the evening. So take out was the unanimous decision. Healthiest option is taken, but not healthy enough. Twenty hours later and punishment for being too lazy is still being exacted. I’ve gone at least fifty rounds with an angry hippopotamus, but still find the enthusiasm for a little chat. I’d normally be hinting at brownie points, but even that is stirring the green beast that still lurks. This is but a temporary halt to my chirpiness for the New Year I’m sure. On the upside, I now have time to visit with my favourite psychopath Alice on the series ‘Luther’.  Hope you’re all having a better day than I.

Until tomorrow,

Stevie. x

MY BLOG: Every day for a year.
Day 4. ‘Drumming tips.’
I can already feel the rolled eyes from my drummer friends. But wait wait, before you lose vision, here’s a thing I discovered. Lawnmower ear muffs and your standard phone earbuds. Now you’re either going ahhhh yes or WTH?
Recording today I found it entirely eliminates instrument bleed on your drum track. It is crystal clear and totally clean of any other noise. No click track (often the worst offender) no noisy guitar, nada! Turns out a day of 43 degrees is perfect for recording drums, as the rest of the neighbourhood has apparently fled for cooler surrounds. Twenty-five mins to warm up, three passes, done. The joys of having a midi kit to write the part on. That’s one of my Kelpies in the pic. When I finished, I asked her, “wuddyareckon?” ….she just casually sauntered off to the kitchen.
Still here, still tickin’. Still feeling good.

Adieu til tomorrow.
Stevie. x

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Day 3. ‘Accountability.’

Well, let me say there is nothing quite like logging/blogging your activities to let you know if you’ve been a useful human being. And……I have not. 🙂 Fair to say I’m still in that January sunny holiday mode. The muse was not upon me so I figured I’d gain inspiration from an uplifting source…..yep the movies. The choice? Something in keeping with ‘I don’t feel like adulting today.’

Duly rallied by my dragon fetish, I feel a good day with strings and drums coming on tomorrow.

Also, a reminder the 50% thingy ends tomorrow. Thank you so much again Facebookies for your support. <3 I hope you all had a day like mine.

Til tomorrow,

Stevie x

New Blog: Every day for a year. Day 2. ‘Alive n Kickin’.
Still here, and still feeling remarkably chipper. It has been a long time since I have felt chatty. Really chatty. BUT restraint is the key to my ‘blogathon’. A good productive day on album tracking. I’m not the tortured soul type of musician, I do best when I’m torturing somebody else: 🙂 My friend Rowan Mumford (and I did tell him this is why I don’t have any friends, because EVERYTHING is material) is currently bored out of his brain in the hospital recovering from an operation. I figured being the storyteller that I fancy myself to be, I’d entertain him with a yarn. “Once upon a time, in the hospital you are currently stuck in, there was this ……nurse. Yes, let us say, nurse. The air was thick with the smell of anaesthetic. (Actually it doesn’t smell, or if it does you’re not conscious long enough to notice…BUT details details.) Ominous lights flickered eerily on the sterile wall in front of you as your gaze was drawn to……nope, that’s it. Tapped out!. Sorry, Rowan :p
An abrupt change in direction now to say thank you to people for signing up to the newsletter and buying stuff from my stuff shop. (That offer is still open ‘til Friday -see the previous post). Considering I’ve hardly been a blip on the radar for some years now, it’s very nice to still have people interested. I have had so much time to think about what I want to do. I’m settled on that now, so let’s see what happens next. In the meantime, tonight’s unwind is the Doctor Who special. Yep…..I am 😀
Until tomorrow,
Stevie. x
P.S Dear Santa, I want to be the next Doctor.

MY NEW BLOG: Every day for a year. ‘New Year’s day.’
We all need a hobby. Mine used to be writing about my adventures with Adi, but he has left the building so new fodder I seek. I do have a plan, be it a good one or just something to drive you all a little nuts remains to be seen. So for now, I hope your year has begun as serenely as mine. An evening stroll to end the day with some of my favourite things. (Raindrops on roses and….. KIDDING)
Stevie x

Song of the Year Songwriting Competition 2018

I am pleased to be able to tell you that the first two releases from our new studio (self-produced and recorded) have both earned songwriting awards.
Stevie. x

Turn The world – Semi-Finalist

Northern Star – Runner Up

 

All words and music by Stevie Paige.
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, and Drums by Stevie Paige.
Mixed by Chris Bailey and Stevie Paige.
Mastered by Chris Bailey.
Produced by Stevie Paige and Chris Bailey.