The blog for Seattle-based female singer/songwriter Naomi Hall. Quirky, outsider, avant-garde music.
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I’ve been posting some videos to YouTube on how things have been going in the studio and will post some photos as well as they’re taken. My last album was released in 2006 (Love Full of Punches). It was also my first album and I was very young (still am! hrmph!) and admittedly wasn’t sure what the hell I was doing. Then again, I never really am and can’t say I really know now...
Between the lovey dovey fright night and the chaos that October has been for me, I found some time to work on a dark melody. I guess I went dark because it was October and I was trying to come up with something not-so-happy, which has been difficult for me the last few years! So here is the darkest song I've managed to write since 2008.
This past month started out super awesome stress-free but somehow transpired into an *insanely* busy month! I barely had time to do much with music and when I did, I didn't want to do too much. The only comfort I found in this busy month besides goofing off with Korg synths and creating sound samples was...
I managed to break my thumb early on in the month on a very beautiful sunny day in a very stupid way (photo posted above) and also shave only one leg before going out in public. SO given the last few weeks, a lot of different words and names ran through my mind but one stood out to me -- dingbat! I wrote a very randomly worded song some years ago called "Dingbat" and after encountering so many dingbats (myself being one of them) in July, I decided to update and re-record it.
Turns out I'll be dating my boyfriend for close to 3 years now. Time goes by FAST! I wanted to write him a "normal" song that he'd be "ok" with forwarding to his family. Apparently, a song containing lyrics like "eat your dandruff like a line of coke" might not be the best to forward to the mom. So I came up with a song about a dancing pig...
Besides having Sir Paul's lesser known yet fantastic song show up in my iPod a number of times, it was also getting close to the "wedding of the century" (hooray Britain!) and Administrative Professional Day. It just felt like all signs were pointing to cover this song. Who else wouldn't have come to the same conclusion?...
This is the furthest (or closest) thing to a love song I have ever written for the moment. Maybe another one, "This Breath Breathed," might be closer... but nonetheless. It's called "Pre-Engagement Ring" and I was inspired to write it a VERY long time ago after listening to "Fingertips" by They Might Be Giants. A new version was recorded recently.
After practicing Syd Barrett songs for the better half of December, I've been inspired to cover "The Gnome." Not sure what came over me, but it happened very spontaneously. A few riffs of "See Emily Play," "Arnold Layne," and "Bike" mysteriously made it into the mix as well. If you haven't heard the original yet, be sure to give it a listen first!