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

                   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]

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
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 


“A Hunger” Available Digitally May 15th 2014

We are incredibly excited to announce that our debut album A Hunger will be available to stream digitally this Thursday May 15th from our bandcamp page: carswellandhope.bandcamp.com

Don’t forget! You can still pre-order your copy now and help us get to Ireland on tour this summer. Contribute to the Indiegogo campaign today: http://igg.me/at/carswellandhope/x/6434894

Plus! We are having a listening party at Five Bar & Tables this Thursday night, 8pm – come along, it’s free!

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In the studio: our mini-orchestra!

We had a blast in the studio this past weekend.

We had the great pleasure of working with some amazing musicians in Anna Cook (cello), Shannon O’Shea (violin) and Margaret Marco (oboe, English horn). A couple of moments on our debut record will employ the rich warmth and expression of strings and woodwind, in our little “mini-orchestra”. Collectively, they make quite a sound together and we are very lucky to add it as another element in our forthcoming album. We’ll share it with you as soon as we possibly can!

Check out the pics: