I finally released the most ambitious project I'd ever tackled. This beautiful thing is my twelvth "main questline" record, an 18-track album of cover songs! But I’m not just strumming along to the same tired voicings that a million other Guitar Tab Archive players have strummed, nor for that matter even "doing a set" with sparse instrumentation or while recording it live. I produced this album with the full intention of making it as magnificent a production as I was able to.
A playful homage to the artists and songs that heavily influenced my own tastes and styles, this record is a personal mixtape, a cover album that was over two years in the making. To avoid my versions sounding like the original musicians, since their styles are the very things that inspired me, I changed some arrangements and swapped the nods around.
(Click PLAY in the embedded player and listen while you read on!)
Arranged, Produced & Mixed by Brian Michael Weidemann
Guitars, Sequencing & Male vocals by Brian Michael Weidemann
Female vocals by Audrey Dawn Weidemann
Mastered by Brian Hazard, Resonance Mastering
Album cover painting by Carrie Graber
While Flipside of The Interim was in production, I posted monthly tracks for my patrons via this fun, little subscription service you've likely heard about. Pledge at ANY price point and you can hear rough, instrumental mixes of all 18 songs. Non-patrons even had a free song or two.
This is my twelvth album. My previous eleven albums contained no covers. Please consider purchasing all of those first, if this is an important issue for you.
I have a full-time job and this is a passion project hobby. Hopefully I'll have it done before the end of 2019. [editor's note: This was not completed by that estimate. And due to the fact that I'm properly licensing these 18 songs, which costs money on my end, I have to charge for the album. But Bandcamp lets you stream for free, so maybe try that.
Each of the seventeen distinct artists (two tracks are by Van Halen, although they're different eras of VH) have lots of more "popular" songs, but maybe they weren't in my voice, or maybe the words didn't jive with something I'd be comfortable singing. Each song really had its own reason, and I felt that the tracks I chose were the ones that THIS album needed to have. Make your own album! Or make a Spotify playlist. I'll bet you suck, too. Insults are a glorious waste of typing, aren't they?
That's perhaps not a healthy way to interact with people you haven't met before. In the meantime, since I didn't ask for requests, I'll have to decline your whim. These eighteen songs are going to take me about a year-and-a-half to complete. I'm sure there are some Twitch streamers who do covers on demand; they'd be much better than me at it anyway. I hope you find some help, or a more positive avenue to channel your frustrations.
The bane of all creative people's collective existences is this ugly dismissal, when outsiders equate artistic expression with a waste of time. The minutes in one's life are finite, and some people spend them tapping their phalanges on plastic buttons while watching patterns of color on a screen. Some people hold writing increments and get joy out of making markings on a surface. Some people hone the biological functions of their own body by forcing it to perform repetitive actions whose only purpose is to burn fuel and strengthen the muscles that are only ever asked to perform those same repetitive actions again. I happen very much to value the experience of creating sounds in the air and learning how to harness and manipulate them so that myself and others can feel things when technology can re-emit those sounds in a cultivated form. Find a hobby, non-creator!
Thanks for asking! I've been recording for over twenty-five years, perhaps. I was born in 1977 and learned guitar around 1990, about when computers were affordable enough that my family was able to have acquired some of the technology I was exposed to. If plugging a cassette tape deck into a Sound Blaster audio card output, and then plugging a guitar into a microphone input on the front of the tape deck, and then playing along to MIDI playback while the RECORD button was pressed … if that counts as "recording", then, I've been doing this quite a long time.