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What's the story
behind the CD title? What's the CD about?
Ha-ha, the joke can be
like, 'just give me some time' to finish the CD already! Yes,
the eagerly anticipated release has been pushed back a lot
more than I would have wished. Also, now it can be 'just give
me some time' to strike the next chord for the next CD
When you listen to the
title track, at times I sing
"Just give me some time...to live the dream"
In this song, it's that
positive determination to make dreams come true and break
free from or overcome whatever is holding you back. And that
confidence of, "All I need is some good time."
I did not intend a theme
to the CD. However, if anything, the songs are good examples
of the Posirock genre. The title track is a good example of
"Just watch me shine
and decline from the rotten rat-race-track
Gotta stop wasting time, can't refine all the ashes in the
Today's the day to find the way now, weeks are flying fast
I want the dream so supreme, oh I want my freedom back
Yes, I'll break
free my mind
Just give me some time"
By the way, lyricists
may appreciate the less popular ABBA rhyme scheme on line
ends, (similar in 1st verse too), and trying to find all the
internal rhymes that amazingly came together.
Song lyrics like
these exemplify the Posirock attitude well.
And then there's
that positive energy in the music too. That is also a very
important attribute of Posirock music.
You see, by absorbing
positive frequencies and affirmations, we can energize and
help manifest positive thoughts, positive realities and the
positivity of such success. If we choose to embrace the negative
and saturate our minds with negativity, we set ourselves up
for failure...or worse, nourish seeds of sadness, depression
Oh also, another song
on the CD, Fly Your Spirit High, has that
encouragement with lyrics such as "Fly
your dreams real high...now's the time before you die."
Plus, I have another song
I can't wait to record that is about making all your dreams
come true and overcoming the naysayers. That will definitely
be on the second CD. I also have a song I've written probably
two years ago now, called, "I'm Still Dreaming Now"
which expresses that perseverance and determination to find
a way to make it all happen. By
the way, I noticed my King's X influence come out a bit in
that song...just a bit in the vocal part...perhaps a tinge
from the song "Sometime" from the King's X album
Ear Candy, although,
the old version has been rewritten and maybe not so much anymore.
So King's X has
been a big influence on your music?
I would say King's X has
been a big part of my early rock roots, although, I really
don't think my music sounds like theirs...maybe some glimmers
here and there. That's what's funny sometimes when people
hear or guess influences, because even when a band has been
a big influence, they sometimes do not guess that band...such
as King's X since no one has ever suggested that as an influence
to me before... and then I've heard other bands suggested
as being part of my influences and yet those are bands that
I never really got into or sometime even heard or heard of!
<laughter> like the Raspberries one reviewer suggested
that my song "It's All About Love" reminded him
of. <laughter> I like raspberries <laughter>...the
fruit...but until they mentioned, I never even heard of them,
so it's hard to imagine how they could have influenced me...at
Bloopers Humor and Cheers
Tim, I hear that
there is quite the blooper story around the production of
“Just Give Me Some Time”. Would you like to let the cat out
of the bag.
<grin> Well first
of all the biggest one has to be, get this headline:
"Rare Ty Tabor Tim
Mainka Blooper Mix achieves sonic freedom!"
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Oh man, I was shocked
when I first discovered the blooper mix that I sent to Ty
Tabor for mastering. The evening after I mailed the final
mixes, I was listening to all the tracks again and during
"The Light" my jaw dropped in astonishment. By some
software glitch I somehow ended up with extra surprise gong
hits. Yes, two obnoxious gong hits
near the end of the track that totally disturbed the peace...literally
because it's during the peaceful ending of that song.
So I sent the replacement mixes the next day and emailed Ty
the previous night to give him a heads up, but unfortunately
that email never got through. Ty acknowledged and thanked
me for 'heads up' but it was my original email with some track
notes for mastering that he actually was thanking me for.
So when he thanked me for 'heads up', I thought he acknowledged
the blooper and there would be no mix up. So later I got the
final masters but with the blooper version of "The Light".
I thought I had a good
story to tell about a literal last minute addition to that
song by adding the one gong hit (in the the middle of the
song at the top of the build up)...Yes, literally a last minute
event before going to send at the Post Office and it then
turned into quite the humorous blooper.
It's quite obnoxious to hear, although if you did not know,
at the same time it almost appears as if maybe they were intended
because the first hit almost sounds on beat but slightly off,
but the second hit is incredibly ridiculous. Ha-ha, would
you still believe it, that percussion was my first instrument
I learned. <laughter> After receiving the blooper mixes,
when I talked to Ty about it, his reaction was funny. He says
"ya know.. I was
really wondering what the artistic goal was with those gongs.
They really woke me up first time around."
startled me. Not sure I want to ever release those bloopers
as they are quite embarassing...well not really because of
being unintended. It actually will be good for some good laughs
for many years to come. I teased Ty that since he now has
a copy of the rare blooper track, that maybe he could add
something of his own in there and then I joked about envisioning
the eBay headline:
"Rare Ty Tabor Tim
Mainka Blooper Mix achieves sonic freedom!"
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Any other notable
stories from studio sessions?
Recording "It's All
About Love" live in the "Sonic Freedom Parallel
Universe Arena" has its...well, allow me to make up a
word, fun-ability. The idea being that somewhere in a 'parallel
universe', that live concert happened with me playing each
instrument, acting as the whole band all at once. <laughter>
I guess the theory would allow for this to happen in a parallel
universe. It's just
amusing to play with these ideas.
Also notable is that,
originally I made this song as a live version but then made
it more 'intimate and honest' because some industry review,
(though not exactly for this song), suggested to go for that
more honest intimate up-close sound as opposed to the big
arena/stadium sound typical of the eighties.
So I later decided to
follow that advice and made a clean, up-close, honest studio
version...however, in the end, I went back to the excitement
of the live version as the final for the CD. Gotta be true.
However, for a limited time, I thought I'd offer the clean
version as a free mp3 download as one of seven special bonuses
when you buy the
How did you write
Well, for now let's just
say, straight from the heart. <smile>
Being artistically true - big part of what Sonic
Freedom is all about.
How did you record
Well, in general, it's
hard disk recording with pretty humble gear, yet with some
incredible results considering. Ty Tabor mentioned being impressed
with the overall consistency of the mixes I gave compared
to some other indie projects he has worked with.
For what it's worth, when
I recorded the vocals for "Destiny Saved", I only
used a dynamic mic but got decent results. I used a shure
SM58. Surprising, but not by choice because that was prior
to actually owning a large diaphragm condenser microphone.
For those on low budgets
but with great talent, don't ever let that discourage you
from recording or pursuing your dream. To prove the point
that you can make great things happen with humble gear, aside
from me using a nice American Fender® stratocaster, '94
vintage, I pretty much just used a humble Zoom 505II Guitar
multi-effects processor for my electric guitar sound and solos!
Hey, the bottom line
is a good song and the talent to drive it. And all the fancy
gear in the world won't do you any good if the talent or good
song is not there.
So stick to your passion
of your musical gifts and let that fly you high with whatever
you humble tools you may have at the current time. Nothing
is stronger than talent and a good song. If you are a "golden
egg-laying goose", you need not worry too much about
how quickly you can attain the best gear to make it happen.
Remember the golden egg-laying goose has more power than the
golden egg...and the wise man will go after the goose,
not the golden egg.
How did you choose
the tracks on your CD?
Well, I just flowed with
the muse of inspiration. I wish I had more time to finish
other tracks but some of those will be on the second CD or
even later because I've written other newer stuff that for
certain needs to go on the next CD. <big grin>
Tell us about your interest in guest artists and specifically
how Laura's song became part of the debut Sonic Freedom CD?
Though I enjoy incredible
passion and power performing and producing all as Sonic Freedom,
I very much enjoy and I am open to special guest artists.
Maybe even Lenny Kravitz one day. Having made parallels already,
that would be really cool <big grin> to jam some 'sonic
freedom' with him. I hope to do side projects with other pop/rock
star influences. I am working with some of my music students
on the side. There's a lot of hidden talent out there. And
sometimes the music industry can neglect or reject hidden
musical genius. I will do my best to help select and expose
deserving hidden talent at the future RockDream.com
Laura song touched me
at the right time, so I simply asked if could arrange some
other sonic treats and put it on the CD. She was thrilled.
I am grateful for her and her song. She originally just had
voice and piano. On
one of her original recordings which I used, one of her cats
faintly made some bell noise during a quiet section. With
all my other instrumentation, you can't hear it but, nonetheless
for what it's worth, we have an additional sonic cat guest
performer on the track. <laughter>
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