Sometimes its good just to get your songs out of your head and onto “tape.” Good friend and indie artist promoter extraordinaire Toni Koch wanted to do just that, so we set her up to sing and play on a lazy Tuesday afternoon here at my studio just outside Santa Clarita, CA. I have know Toni for several years but had not yet had the chance to hear her songs, and I have to say I am impressed!
Doing simple demos of your songs or partial song ideas is a great way to get inspired and to find out what’s working or not with your material (key, tempo, rhythm, lyrics, structure, or overall flow). This stage of the process can also be very fun because it is a good time to just “let it flow,” since major tweaks will typically be addressed later and the “perfect take” can be fussed with during the production process. Best of all its affordable because the setup is simple and low maintenance.
Toni has great songs and a very Judy Collins / Topanga Canyon sound. I look forward to hearing more!