1. Originally posted by WojBhoy:Morning y'all, hope we're all doing well? Decided it's high time I got myself some basic music production programme to get to grips with the finer points of making my own stuff properly - am happy enough doing straight records of myself playing using my phone mic but a) not great quality, b) bit limited in what I can actually do re. instrumentation! Anyone recommend a good starter programme (preferably free as don't want to blow a load of money on something straight away) for a Windows laptop?

    Try Audacity. http://www.audacityteam.org/

    It's a decent DAW that acts as a good place to start if you're learning the process. I don't know much about its functionality. I WILL say that as you move forward you will want to look into other programs. As much as this makes me sound like a mac-head I swear by my Apple stuff - no problems ever. I use Logic X going through a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2. My earlier work was just a mic plugged into my sound card but, trust me, when you start getting to the point that you want something a little more pro, you'll want an audio interface.

    Since I don't know how the notifications work here I'll send you a PM if possible so you have these details but thought I'd leave this here in case anyone else needs it.
  2. Considering what today is, I wanted to go ahead and share this one with you.

    Twenty years ago, back when I was first trying to figure out a guitar (by plugging a practice electric into my karaoke machine and turning it up loud for distortion along with the echo) I wanted to take these poems I’d written for a girl I liked and turn them into songs. I figured that was good a place as any to start.

    On November 3, 1996, her father, a pastor, died suddenly of a heart attack. It was a difficult thing for all of us to experience, particularly her obviously… but it in any event was something that had a gigantic and long-lasting effect on me. (There’s a lot more to that story in the link at the very bottom).

    A year after that, on November 2, 1997, knowing how she was going to feel the next day, I wrote something that I had always intended to be my “One”; my show-closing tear-jerker. I’d had the music, for the most part, for a while, but the words came out in roughly a half hour to an hour. Simple. Straight forward. To the point.

    It’s one of my proudest achievements in song, and here it is, remastered for the 15th anniversary release of my debut album. It’s called “ElevenThree”. Let me know what you think.

    And if you want to delve more into the story behind the song (as hinted at above), I’ve included another link below to a blog post I did today. I hope it brings healing and hope if/when you need it.

    “Cold November” http://www.enderbowen.com/news-updates/journal/cold-november/
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  4. Just sharing this about as feeling quite pleased with it:

    Peace out x