Sam Larkin: Audio Recording grant application pt 2
Describe the project,
why you are pursuing the project,
and as an artist or group of artists how you will prepare for the project.
For this project we will arrange and play and record ten songs. These are my ten best songs to date, and Bob Wiseman, producer and arranger, and I will experiment during two weeks of pre-production by trying two or three different styles for each song. Through this process we will determine the absolute best arrangement/version for each song which will make our actual recording time more efficient.
I am pursuing this project because I believe in the melody in songs. It seems as though over the past twenty years melody has taken a back seat, or been dropped altogether, and I believe the songs and other compositions of all artists could be improved by bringing back melody. The most obvious reason is because it connects directly and instantly with something in people that doesn’t go away over time. Ideas about melodies or some kinds of melodies being exhausted or worn out is probably as inaccurate as saying the design of the tree is worn out. I know of no one who can subtly and artfully enhance melody as well as Bob Wiseman can, and I have striven in these ten songs to give this purpose a running start by writing the melodies (and, of course, the lyrics) with melody foremost in mind. This is a challenge, and a worthwhile one — to champion melody through songs that have broad appeal.
At the same time, this project helps me get new material into artists’ hands. Over my 30 years of songwriting, a steady flow of requests from publishers (Warner-Chappell, EMI, etc.) continue to seek new material from me. I’m excited by the process of songwriting and how some artists search for unique songs to record and present to their audiences.
Sam Larkin: Audio Recording grant application pt 1
Describe yourself as an artist or yourselves as a group of artists, and why you pursue your art.
As an artist I can communicate with my surrounding fellow beings and hopefully the larger
world. My experiences and ways of seeing things are unique, as is true for each of us. I
believe we are better at resolving our lives as individuals and as groups if we express
ourselves in some way that is potentially entertaining. Furthermore, I think that if the
necessary ingredients for making art seem to come to you, you have a responsibility to put
them to use the best way you can. And then to share the results as widely as you can . This
kind of communication can help people simply by showing them how others feel. I know that
my art might possibly neutralize some unwanted feelings that we all experience and give
people constructive ideas concerning resolving situations in their lives. This makes doing the
Sam Larkin: Audio Recording grant application pt 4
How will the final project be different than the submitted audio examples and how will you be able to make this change happen?
There are two audio examples submitted.
The first, “Don’t Wanna Be the One” is a rough mp3 that shows in most basic form, the melody and how the lyrics fit into it. This song will be enhanced with the addition of appropriate instrumentation, possibly vocal harmonies, and the very highest quality recording methods. My vocal will be worlds better, any instrumentalists will be brilliant professionals, and the arrangement will be something so remarkable that any listener will be drawn to play the song again. And many more times thereafter. The finished product that comes from this song will be worlds away from what is submitted here.
The second audio example submitted, “Marie,” was done with rather primitive equipment in barely adequate facilities and came about twenty-four years ago. The miracle is what Bob Wiseman was able to do with what he had to work with in that recording session, as the result has fascinated a great many listeners to this day. I am often asked about the song and told that it is still a favourite that draws people to it for a replay with some regularity. My current material, and Bob Wiseman’s mastery of arrangement and production, guarantee that we will not be making a second “Marie” during this project. We will instead be harvesting from a much older tree, deeper in the woods.