Same songs, different interpretations

I’m currently working with my good friend Dean on recordings which started back around 1993 / 94, we aren’t too sure, but we know it is somewhere around there, when we were in a band called “Hollow Spirit” which included our friend Paul on drums.  Most of these songs, I recorded with Don and Dane when we were in the band “Armslength” in 1996 / 97, which later became “For My Dear Friend” in 2013 when I finished and released the recordings.

For me, finishing the Armslength recordings, was closer on a part of my life and also a rebirth.  We are finishing off the Hollow Spirit recordings for the same reason.

In these two recordings, I am pretty much the only constant.  I played bass and sang with both bands and the end product is different, but the same.

The same meaning:

  • Same note structure (FMDF is a step down on almost all the songs, where HS is in standard E tuning)
  • Same lyrics (pretty much)

What is definitely different would be playing styles and end results with both versions of the songs.  On the FMDF recordings, two songs Cold Black Sky and Standing in the Rain have the guitar work of Dean because Don hadn’t recorded any.  I’ve had the pleasure of listening to both versions of the completed songs and started wondering how much different Cold Black Sky and Standing in the Rain would’ve sounded if Don had laid down some of his guitar playing.  Even with Dean’s guitar work on these two songs, it is still a different drummer with his own interpretation of how the song should go.

I’m not knocking one player over another, it is more the differences in style on the same songs that intrigues me.  It is something that I’ve also enjoyed.  I love listening to another band’s interpretation of a song, esp. if the band plays the song as if there wasn’t an original version.

In this case, the only truly released versions of any of the songs were I Don’t Care and How Much I Love You on a cassette EP,  if you have one, cool!  To add to the confusion, these were recorded by another producer who had his own ideas of how the songs should be done.

Maybe someday I will release the cassette versions of the two above songs on SoundCloud.  For now, we’re going to finish the recordings and release them, slowly.

— Mike


New release and revised vocals!

The nice thing about having a home studio is being able to go back and redo something that you didn’t like without it costing you anything.  I took advantage of this a couple weeks back.  The vocals for “Cold Black Sky” weren’t my best work, so I went back to redid them.

“How Much I Love You” was written by Dean.  We released it on a cassette single back in 1995.   The original version, is on an 8-track which we don’t have a way to track down (at this moment).  We decided just to re-do the entire song list.  We have drums, we can go from there.

This is the new version that we just finished about 2 weeks ago!

I’ve released both songs on the following sites:


Reverb Nation

Hollow Spirit - Cassette Single.  I Don't Care and How Much I Love You

— Mike


Enjoying music and moving forward

I’ve been doing something that I haven’t done in a long time.  Listening to indie music.  I was out of the loop for so long that I didn’t bother to see what other artists were creating.  I have to say, there is a lot of great music out there that isn’t in the mainstream and you owe it to yourself to check it out.

I understand why indie music isn’t getting heard.  There is too much of it and it is easier to turn on the radio and listen to whatever the radio stations pump out.  Probably why I started to collect my own music that I enjoyed which wasn’t getting played on the air.

If you are an indie artist, keep it up!  It is tough to get noticed, but hopefully, one day, you will.

Moving Forward

I’ve had some type of “bug” in my throat for the past couple of weeks.  Not sure what it is, but it is finally gone.  I’m going to try and finish the vocals for ‘How Much I Love You’ and then Dean can put down his guitar solo.

Have a good week!

— Mike

Is it too early to think about Christmas?

When I was with Hollow Spirit, we did a Christmas party for the place that Dean worked at the time.  For the party, I ended up writing a Christmas song.  It has been rolling in my head for the past couple of weeks, and I think it is about time to record it and release it — later, of course, like November.

It’ll be a funny, slightly country sounding song, but I think it will be enjoyable for all.

Working on Hollow Spirit songs with Dean

Dean and I have been working pretty much every Tuesday night on completing our Hollow Spirit songs.  We are currently working on Cold Black Sky.  It is coming along quite nicely.  It is great to have so many extra tracks to add / try different things without having to mix it down to be able to continue on.

I’m working on releasing an early version of the song.  Currently we have guitars / drums / bass and a very old (20ish me) vocal track.

Once it is up, I’ll post it here.

— Mike

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

After a long hard decision making process.  I’ve decided to close off For My Dear Friend. For the biggest reason, it was for my dear friend Don and to get the unfinished music out to the world.  I’m keeping the site up, and I will post items there when it pertains to that work.

Now, I’m moving in a new direction, new equipment, new ideas.  I wanted a fresh start, and fresh name.

I hope you will enjoy this site as much as you did the old one!