Song 03: “Long Miles”

by CJ on August 4th, 2009

OK, Song #3 is here. You can stream it by clicking the little PLAY button, or download it by right-clicking the title:

CJ Bargamian - 03 Long Miles

03 SGEvery now and again I get my hands on a new instrument that makes me re-evaluate my songwriting. Most recently, it has been accordion and baritone ukulele, but at one point about 6 or so years ago, my friend Eric introduced me to the OmniChord. I wrote the foundation of many a tune on that thing, but don’t play it much these days – I figured this project was a good enough reason to pull it back out. Plus, I recently saw Grizzly Bear using one and it sounded great!

Anyway, I just sat down and pushed buttons until I found sounds that matched a loose vocal melody I stumbled on while biking to the grocery store (I had to buy turbinado sugar and smokes for a certain invalid drummer). Once I recorded the OmniChord foundation, the song started to sound like something you’d hear in a lonely desert cafe late at night…but electronic. Maybe a cafe IN SPACE! Anyway…in order to make it sound more organic, I decided to play some twangy guitar. That just sounded kinda predictable though, so I opted to pull out my Gibson SG guitar (which I have not touched in 5 years except to restring it about a year ago) and hook up a few overdrive pedals. I went for a screeching tone that was loud and messy, but then mixed it low kinda like Mazzy Star used to do in the ’90s.

For vocals, I did a lead track mixed pretty dry and then basically re-sang the whole song again in a falsetto voice. That’s all!

Instruments used:
OmniChord (model OM-84)
Electric Guitar (USA Gibson SG custom from early ’90s)
Effects pedals (1 MXR Distortion+,  1 BOSS DF2 Feedbacker, and 1 BOSS BD2 Blues Driver)
Vocals (2 tracks)

Lyrics:
This day has a way of making me hungry
For time all mine to spend as I please
Lying down on the floor of the forest
I wouldn’t tire of the falling leaves
By the way my friend, I will use you for safety
And you can use me too for security
But at first glance we would ditch one another
To travel far away in search of ourselves
For hundreds of long miles my friend
I might scan the road behind and curse where I’ve been
In time I might remember
And wonder where you are – what might have been

7 Responses to “Song 03: “Long Miles””

  1. Lauren Says:

    I like the sound of this one! Lonely desert space cafes are pretty.

    Of course, I might think that most everything should sound a little like 90s chick rock.

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