heading to Colorado

pretty soon I’m going to head to Colorado. I’m really looking forward to it! I will be visiting some family. And probably focusing on just relaxing.  

I just saw Chicago and the Doobie Brothers also.  here’s a couple photographs from that show in Kansas City at starlight in Missouri.

News on the horizon…

Well, I just got an email.   So, all I will say for now is that, like the title of this post indicated, there will be some news soon.  I’m really looking forward to this…

Chris Johnson
New Media Artisan
SPEKTRUM Creations

Always Reminds

I was looking through some older files on my hard drive and ran across this one which Eric Boyce helped me write.  I wrote the music and I’ll post that first but, he wrote the lyrics, which I will post after the text I sent him…  Oh that’s right, we were in two different states at the time.  I was in Kansas City, Missouri and he was in San Diego, California…

So here are the chords and music info:

“Always Reminds”            April 19, 2009

____________________________
E5
___________ nut
| | | | | | 1
| o o | | | 2
| | | | | | 3
| | | o | | 4
| | | | o | 5
OR
   E5
E|-0-
B|-5-
G|-4-
D|-2-
A|-2-
E|-0-
_____________________________
E5(no 3rd)
___________ nut
| | | | | | 1
| | o | | | 2
| | | | | | 3
| | | o | | 4
| | | | o | 5

OR

   E5(no 3rd)
E|-0-----------
B|-5-----------
G|-4-----------
D|-2-----------
A|-0-----------
E|-0-----------

_________________________________
Intro & Verses
||: E5 - E5(no 3rd) :||
____________________
Break between verses and before choruses
D - A
_____________________
Choruses
||: E-E-D-A :||

Change at end of Choruses:
	 C - D
Then back to first E5 of Intro/Verse
__________________


The scale that I've been soloing in is E Mixolydian, 
which is more or less just the fancy technical way of 
saying that I'm using the basic major scale in the 
key of A Major.  

(see this webpage: 
http://jguitar.com/scale/E/Mixolydian )

So that and this audio track are what I sent to Eric…

and then he sent me this back…

…with his vocals on a mixdown of the track I’d sent.  Plus as I’d requested, he sent just a vocal track…   …which I worked with and was able to easily sync with the original track I sent him, which he used for the recording session…

Here is one of several mixdowns with Eric singing the vocals…  This was basically the final cut with Eric on vocals.

Here is the finished track with me on vocals…

 

Latest um, Karaoke?

Again, some more of the studio master tracks without lyrics, sung by Chris Johnson and performed by the respective artists.  I find this interesting and fun…

I consider it a set of control samples that will give you an idea of what I would do with these tracks, so you can have some expectations when listening to actual covers and originals by Chris Johnson…

And as always, enjoy!

Some of my favorite original material…

Here is a playlist of a few of my favorite songs that have been recorded and released on this website…  All songs are written by Chris Johnson except for “In The End”, which was written by Eric Boyce and “Cold Rain & Snow” which was co-written with Eric Boyce.  All performances are by Chris Johnson.

Is This Karaoke?

Is this karaoke?  I prefer to call it ‘out-takes and over-dubs’…

 

Show Me Love

This is an interesting track queued up in the audio player below.  20 years ago this track was on the Billboard Top 10 in the U.S.

I took the original radio version of Swedish artist Robyn‘s “Show Me Love” and remixed it, laid down some vocals and additional instrumentation to show love to this and the original track.  Love this song..  Enjoy! こんにちは 愚痴!