The majority of these demos are first takes that were recorded immediately after being written. My songwriting process involves trying to capture a song in a single 1-2 hour session. I have always claimed that I don't write these songs, I just pull them out of thin air and they are already complete. Everything has to come to me within those 2 hours (lyrics, chords, melody, and arrangement) or it is not going to come at all. I never go back and work on a song if it takes longer than 2 hours. I lose interest.
Once I decide the song is done, I record a quick, one-take demo (unless I really mess it up and have to do it again!) These recordings serve to remind me of the vocal melody, the guitar part and arrangement, as well as to capture the mood and the feel.
These demos were never meant for commercial release. They are very raw and some even have wrong notes/harmonies and bad percussion thrown in there for good measure. They are very "in the moment", and that is what I love about them. They sound exactly as I heard them in my head on the day I wrote them. It also is a good collection to see the evolution of a songwriter over a ten -year period. I hope that some of these songs speak to you the way they spoke to me.
March 6, 2014
released March 6, 2014
All songs written by Jason Reischel (BMI) unless otherwise noted.
Produced by Jason Reischel
Recorded on either a) an iPhone using the "voice memo" app, or b) on Garageband using the laptop speaker as a microphone
Mastered by Danny Wolf at Man Eat Wolf studios
Cover photo by Patrick Eves
Cover design by Naira Ayvazyan for Preillusion Design
Jason Reischel: guitars, vocals, percussion, ukelele, harmonica
Terry Quire: guitar on 19
Sam Pettit: guitar on 11
Mike Feinberg: bass on 19
Russ Flynn: bass on 11
Danny Wolf: drums on 11