On My Way: Join the Recording Process

69E1A6DF-E3E7-44F8-B8A8-E207E714DC41In September, we popped into the studio to start work on some new material. Specifically, we laid down the first recordings of a new song that’s been in our live rotation for a couple of months. It’s called “On My Way”, and Nick has been introducing it as “a new song that feels like an old song”.

In recording and releasing this track, we wanted to do something a little different. Running with the idea that this particular tune fits a vintage folk sound à la The Band or Crosby Stills & Nash, we’ve decided to open up the process and share not only how the song works and comes together, but also how the recording and release shapes up, most likely over a process of months.

It all started with a very simple tune, which we worked up in Nick’s garage – (as documented in this rough recording with flubs and warts and all!):

Again, we’re imagining this as a song that anyone who’s prone to strumming an old six string might be able to enjoy.

With that in mind, below you’ll find an attempt at charting out the guitar tab for the song. We would like to share this particular tune far and wide, so if you’re interested, make sure you are signed up for our email list, as we’ll be using our email list for updates.

Let us know your thoughts, if you like the song or have picked it up to play along!

"On My Way"
Music & Lyrics by Nick Carswell
Guitar on Capo 2

Verse I:
           G			Dm/G
Some time ago,	in the not so distant
C      G/B	Am	D	G
You and I were cast upon the throne
           G				      Dm/G
Not ready for the light, I blew it all in an instant
            C	    B/G      Am		 D    G
I’ve been trying to make it home to you ever since

Chorus:
                   D		F			C
And so I’m on my way, 		finally gonna go the distance
                   D		F			C
       I’m on my way 		I wanna know what I’m missing
                   D		F		C
       I’m on my way,     gonna be the one who listens
    G	     Bm	       F      Am      G
To find the love I’ve lost along the way

Verse II:
       	   G			Dm/G
Me and my vice, and you in your wisdom
C	G/B 	  Am	   D	  G
Lightly tripped along the passing days
           G				   Dm/G
Wouldn’t it be nice, if you could finally listen?
    C	    G/B 	Am	    D	     G
To hear the tune that’s calling you home today

[Repeat Chorus]

Bridge:
Bm		   C		    Am		         G
   You and I are two parts darling, playing the same old game
Bm		   C				     F
   Win or lose the roads we’d choose would bring us here again
	   D
Until I’m near again

[Solo over verse]

Last Chorus:
                   D		F			C
And so I’m on my way, 		finally gonna go the distance
                   D		F			C
       I’m on my way 		I wanna know what I’m missing
                   D		F		C
       I’m on my way,     gotta be the one who listens
    G	     Bm	      F      Am
To find the love I’ve lost along-
    G	     Bm	      Em      Am
   pay the world my cost and always
G	  Bm	    F     C	  G
find the love I’ve lost along the way 

 

Art in the Loop (Wrap-up)

Photo Jul 30, 2 08 28 PM (1)We had a wonderful time last week playing Art in the Loop in Downtown KC. The sun shone, folks wandered into the park, ate lunch, enjoyed the music and contributed to our Hope Index.

Thanks to everyone at Downtown Council, including Ann Holliday, Jessica Borusky and Madison Kludy for their support and collaboration on the project.

Check out some cool videos and pics below!

Art in the Loop is still happening! Check out more upcoming performances and installations at www.artintheloop.com

Cool video from Bochi Truck:

Coverage from 41 Action News:

Art in the Loop (Part 2)

We picked a nice hot muggy Sunday afternoon to start construction of the Hope Index for our Art in the Loop performance!

Our drummer Jason’s garage was the location, and we were lucky to have access to a wide array of tools, and even some spare plywood for the sign. A quick trip to the hardware store for some heavier lumber, and we were off cutting, routing, sanding, screwing and glueing the first construction of the Hope Index.

With the basics of the Index construction underway, our next steps are to create the signs for each of our themes. Then we’re painting and decorating the piece.

We’re hoping it is something people will engage with and eventually make their own mark, as we play our music in Oppenstein Park during the lunch hour, Thurs July 30th.

More updates to come!

New music: Wamego

We’re excited to share the first single from our next collection of songs for release in 2015. The track is called Wamego, and it’s available to stream or download from Soundcloud or Bandcamp, coming soon to iTunes and Spotify. Set in the vein of 70s folk-rock such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, with nods to contemporaries like Fleet Foxes or Midlake, Wamego grooves with big vocal harmonies, distorted guitars, Wurlitzer and 12-string guitar.

Stream or download now:
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