Podcast Episode 19 Q6. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

The Making of the New Album & Three Live Performances. Episode 19 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 19 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode features a track written by Dan Penn and info on the Making of the new album ‘Live From the inSync Asylum: Volume 1‘, as well as live performances of ‘Running down This Road’, ‘I’m Still in Love With You’ and ‘Crazy Wind’. 

Paul Kitchen | Running down This Road Live From the inSync Asylum 6-19-2020. The 15th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. Running down This Road is from my 2015 album ‘Living with Fiction‘, released on my 58th birthday. It’s one of the only songs from my long dry spell, and actually was started in 2009 I think. I found my way out of a dark stretch, and Living with Fiction was the vehicle. For the backing track, I took the album track and stripped it down, changed the drum kit and added a couple new loops at the end. Live vocal and guitar 6-19…

Paul Kitchen | I’m Still in Love With You Live From the inSync Asylum 7-1-2020. The 16th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. I wrote I’m Still in Love With You in 1984. It was originally on a collection of songs called ‘Petty Tyrant’. In 1999 I attempted another version of the song, intended for my ‘A Matter of Time’ album, but for whatever reason didn’t include it. At that time, I was using Logic Audio on the PC. I’ve only recently figured out how to piece those tracks back together, and get them into my current day DAW Cubase. For the backing track of this live version, I used mostly the ’99 track, but tweaked stripped added beats, drums, guitar and keys. I then imported the Prophet 600 synth bass track from the ’84 version. I did four takes of the song adding live vocal and strat – two of which broke down halfway thru. This is a comp of take 2 and 4 – the complete takes.

Paul Kitchen | Crazy Wind Live From the inSync Asylum. The 17th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. I wrote the song Crazy Wind 38 years ago. It was included on an early collection of songs of mine titled ‘Silent Tears’, which I finished in July of 1982. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to play this song now. The recordings from back then are in tune with themselves hopefully, but not so much my digital tuner today. If you want to hear the earlier recording, check out Episode 11 of my Podcast. For the backing track for this, there was nothing from the 1982 recording I could use, so I recorded Guitars, Keys, Drums and Percussion for this prior to doing the live take. It’s a quirky catchy tune – be sure you want it in your head before listening…

Also included is track from my recent album Magic Moon as well as the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

Click here to view the Running down This Road video.

Click here for the video of the live in studio performance of I’m Still in Love With You Live. Rember to subscribe to my channel!

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Podcast Episode 18 Q5. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

Three Live Performances. Episode 18 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 18 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode features tracks written by Tony Joe White and Jackie DeShannon, as well as live performances of ‘The Present’, ‘When You Tell Me You Love Me’ and ‘Civilized Man’. 

The Present | Live From the inSync Asylum 6-2-2020. I wrote this song in the fall of 1981. I was 23 years old. It was originally recorded in ’81 on a collection of songs called ‘Metallic Scorn’ . The backing track for this live version is from around August 1986, and from what I can tell never finished. I added drums and strat the other day, but kept the synth bass and jangly electric parts from ’86. I was 28 years old at the time.

When You Tell Me You Love Me | Live From the inSync Asylum 6-13-2020. The 14th date on my ‘No Rhyme or Reason Tour’. This was the lead off track to my most recent album of original music, 2018’s ‘Blue Tattoo‘. It was a pretty dark album, as it was recorded as I turned 60. You can read more about it here. The backing track for this was from the stripped mix released in 2019, and stripped even further. I added new percussion loops at the end, plus the live vocal and acoustic.

Civilized Man | Live From the inSync Asylum 6-2-2020. I wrote this song summer of 1987. I was 29 years old. It was originally recorded in ’87 on a collection of songs called ‘No Poetry Allowed’ (unreleased, but remains one of my favorties) . The backing track for this live version is from that time frame, and recorded on a Tascam 38 on half inch tape. Very little remains in this live version – a little bit of one keyboard track. Other than that, I added drums; guitars, bass, b vox and a little keys the past couple days.

Also included are tracks from my recent album Magic Moon, Wheelhouse and And We Dream, as well as the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

Click here to view the The Present video.

Click here for the video of the live in studio performance of When You Tell Me You Love Me Live. Rember to subscribe to my channel!

Click here to view the Civilized Man video.

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Podcast Episode 17 Q4. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

Three Live Performances and some unreleased music from the archives. Episode 17 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 17 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode features two unreleased tracks from the archives, as well as live performances of ‘I Can’t Get Along Without Her’, ‘Two Grey Rooms’ and ‘Embrace the Night’. 

I wrote I Can’t Get Along Without Her in 1992. It was originally released in ’93 on my ‘And We Dream’ album. There’s a 2007 version on my YouTube channel you may want to check out too. I first attempted this acoustic version in 2014, and tweaked that to use for the backing track. It’s one of the few songs I’ve played Cajón on.

I recorded the album ‘Wheelhouse‘ in 2016, featuring my favorite songs by artists that have influenced me. Two Grey Rooms by Joni Mitchell was an easy choice, as I’d loved it since first hearing in on her 1991 album ‘Night Ride Home’. I tweaked and stripped down the Wheelhouse track to use as backing, and did a live vocal with guitar. Love Joni Mitchell. Sending all the best to her.

I wrote Embrace the Night in 1985. It was originally from a collection of songs called ‘Vital Sines’, and i later recorded it on ‘A Matter of Time

Also included are tracks from my recent album Magic Moon and And We Dream, and the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

Click here for the video of the live in studio performance of I Can’t Get Along Without Her.

Click here to view the Two Grey Rooms video.

Click here to view the Embrace the Night video.

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Podcast Episode 16 Q3. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

Two Live Performances and two unreleased tracks from Trip Note. Episode 16 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 16 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode features two unreleased tracks from Trip Note, as well as live performances of Out of the Blue and Petty Tyrant. 

I wrote Petty Tyrant in 1984. Last time I played it was around 1988 (which was also pretty much the last time I played with a band). It was inspired by Carlos Castaneda. But it sounds like Buddhist take on the ego to me now. Interesting.

Also included are tracks from my recent album Magic Moon and A Matter of Time, and the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else! Click here for the video of the live in studio performance of Out of the Blue. Click here to view the Petty Tyrant video.

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Podcast Episode 15 Q2. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

Two Live Performances and two unreleased tracks from Trip Note. Episode 15 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 15 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode features two unreleased tracks from Trip Note, as well as live performances of Far Away and Kind to Myself.  Also included are tracks from my recent album Magic Moon and Wheelhouse, and the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

Click here for the video of the live in studio performance of Far Away. Click here to view the Kind to Myself video.

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Podcast Episode 14. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

Two Live Performances and the new single In Trouble. Episode 14 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 14 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode feature the new double single In Trouble, as well as a live performance of Put Your Love in My Hands and a performance of George Harrison’s Inner Light.  Also included tracks from my recent album Magic Moon and Lost in Babylon, and the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

Click here for the video of the live in studio performance of Put Your Love in My Hands. Click here to view The Inner Light video.

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The Making of Magic Moon

In 1970 Paul McCartney and Emitt Rhodes released solo albums, where they played all of the instruments.  I was 12 years old.  I thought that was so cool. And in 7 years or so I was finally trying to learn how to overdub myself, initially bouncing tracks between cassette tape decks. I was hooked!  I progressed to 4-Track, then 8-Track tape before moving to the Mac and then the PC.  42 years later, I have largely performed a lot of my music by myself, playing all the instruments, engineering etc.  Now that I’ve turned 62 and released my 24th collection of songs ‘Magic Moon’, I look back on the McCartney and Rhodes influence, and I certainly see the effect it had. 

Since 1977 I’ve primarily recorded my own songs, but in 2016 I released a David Bowie cover song which lead to my first full covers album, Wheelhouse.  As it turns out, some of these covers are now my most played songs on the streaming services.  So, in my mind, they’re bringing new ears to my music – which is a good thing.   

For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been slowly assembling a 40-year retrospective entitled ‘Trip Note’. It may still see the light of day, but currently it’s being incorporated into my podcast ‘Live From the inSync Asylum’.  Something I discovered during the process of archiving and transferring older material from tape machines (reel-to-reel, DAT and cassette) – was that I could now add to and subtract from tracks which had been recorded many years prior.  I call the new updated tracks Retreads.  4 of the tracks on Magic Moon are such tracks.  To me, it’s cool to hear one solo from 34 years ago, and then a solo recorded a few weeks ago.   

Most of Magic Moon was recorded between June 2018 and November 2019.  For the retreads, basic tracks for ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘El Gavilan (The Hawk) are from April and May 1987, with Doug Ortega adding some keys to Crazy in Love way back when.  ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ was started late April 1994. ‘Tragic Comedy’ basic tracks are from Nov. 1996 and the uncompleted album ‘Fighting Gravity – which I just might finish someday. 

This project initially started with the idea of doing an album of half covers, half my songs.  But at some point it stretched to a full covers album, and a full album of me covering me, which will come out this June I hope. 

Magic Moon, like Wheelhouse, once again focuses on songs by artists who’ve influenced me, and more importantly reside in my record collection. Jackie DeShannon, Neil Diamond, Dan Penn, Tom Petty, David Crosby, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan meet that requirement. Donnie Fritts is someone new I recently discovered, and the track by the Immaculate Fools was slated for Fighting Gravity as well. 

I set out to make an enjoyable album, especially after 2018’s darker Blue Tattoo. I think I succeeded.  I’d love to hear your comments…till then. 

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Episode 13. Paul Kitchen | Live from the InSync Asylum

A Live Performance and Unreleased Music. Episode 13 of Live from the InSync Asylum!

Welcome to Episode 13 of my podcast.  Let me take you on a tour of over 40 years of words and music, Live from the InSync Asylum. Featuring rare and unreleased music as well as live performances. This episode includes a live performance of Sign of the Times, as well as an unreleased track from Trip Note.  Also included are tracks from my recent album Magic Moon, And We Dream, A Matter of Time, and the stories behind them. Music not available anywhere else!

For the video of the live in studio performance of Sign of the Times, click here to watch on youtube.

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