Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Politics


Politics


The Human originally wrote this song in around 2012 or so. Just as today, gridlock, bickering, partisanship, and a lack of compromise dominated.  He recorded it and it landed on his 2014 CD, Human's Last Stand.  In 2017 things were getting even worse, so he re-recorded it in his home studio with AC Myles providing lead guitar work. It is a sparser and rawer version, which the Human believes is a superior one to the original.

The lyrics are poignant and even biting.  Here are a couple of excerpts.

"Can't talk about no politics, or ideology. Can't talk about religion, I think thats plain to see. Can't find no equilibrium, ain't no compromise in sight. It's bitter, bitter, bitter. Everyone things they are right.

"You know there's drought and famine. Floods and lots of quakes, But man's too busy fightin, spreadin all his hate. I pray for all our children. I pray it's not too late. We're all in this together. We shouldn't hesistate."

Politics. YouTube.
The Human




The Human
6 CD's from 2006-2017.
99% original music.

A small little army of fans world-wide who are jumping on
The Humanized Train.




Peace




Friday, May 25, 2018

Mescaline Alley


Mescaline was part of the 60's drug culture. Many called it LSD's little brother.  It is derived from the cactus plant (peyote) while LSD is created in a "lab" environment.  The 60's drug or counter culture was interesting and much good music came from it.  It was laced into the fabric of the time, like it or not.  The Human was in high school during this time, and played in very good rock bands from 67-69.  While he did not indulge in these mind-trips, he found the entire scene fascinating and the music awesome.  It is only natural that some of these experiences from this period would get incorporated into his music today, just as many things from this time are. The key to the uniqueness of his music is so much exposure to so music music over decades that he has shaped and made his own.


This brings us to" Mescaline Alley."  A tale of a man with an extremely good buzz ending up walking down a fascinating alley that leads him an isolated big wooden door next to a dumpster. Inside?  A trippy scene of music and lights beyond his wildest imagination.  So, take a listen. Take a trip down "Mescaline Alley."

Video Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gAewUXgH8c

Mescaline Alley was recorded on a Boss BR-1600 digital recorder.
The Human Plays the following on this track.
Acoustic Guitar
Bass
Fender Strat Rhythm
Conga's
Percussion
All Vocals

His friend AC Myles put down The searing Lead Guitar part using The Human's Strat.

From 2006-2017 The Human has released 6 CD's of almost entirely original music.  His music is real and unique and that is what endears his small little army of fans to it.  

You can be a big help by liking videos and even subscribing.

The Human's Website

http://www.humanrocks.net



Peace



Sunday, May 13, 2018

High Anxiety


High Anxiety is from Human Project II, Humanized recorded over a 8 month stretch in 2008.  The Human worked with Dana Long in Visalia, and this cd is a result of their collaboration, persistence and hard ass work.  Dana Long added so much to the quality of the CD from Drums to lead guitar work. There are some stellar tracks on here and one is High Anxiety, one of the Human's top downloads every month.  The final product was sent to Sterling Sound In NYC and mastered by Steve Fallone.  This is a quality CD. Steve Fallone included it in his list of clients for that year.



Dana Long and The Human
2008.
Making of Human Project II, Humanized.


Here is a link to new video that features High Anxiety.




The Physical CD can be purchased at CDbaby.


Thanks for supporting Human Project Music.  No big advertising budgets. No big label.  Just the fans who spread the word.  The best fans. Love and Peace.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fans and Miscellaneous


Thanks for a strong response to another one of Human's Shows on Podomatic featuring his music.
He rarely does shows of his music exclusively, but does on occasion.

The Human has hosted Human's show for over 8 years. He plays a variety of music from his personal collection of music.  He has listeners from all over the world. Below is the link if you wanna get in on the party.

http://thehumanproject.podomatic.com/


Many people from all over the world download The Human's music.  Some go the extra mile and buy the physical CD.  Below are some pics of loyal Human Project fans.  Some dug the music so much they wanted a T shirt too.  So......they got one and got themselves Humanized.


Eros
Torino, Italy

           
Jan
Teplice Czech Republic
Greetings from Czech Rep. Thanks for the message from you .Let me congratulate you for your unique blues-rock music style which combine of the seventies music with decent southern-rock flavor. When I listen Fast Train track from your last cd it´s like J.J.Cale was standing in front of me. Jan 


Mario
Castelnuovo, Belbo
Northern Italy


The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017.  99% of the tracks are original compostions. His fan base has steadily grown over the years.  He can be found on most all music distribution sites.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commentary on Human Project Podcast

This blog provides commentary on the current Human Project podcast of some of  Human's songs.
These tracks for the most part, are not his top sellers. He just did a show on those recently. These are just some tracks he thought the fans might like, especially the inside info on each of the tracks.

Link to podcast is below.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject/episodes/2018-05-07T13_55_28-07_00

The Songs:

Running From The Shotgun:
Inside info: There are 2 versions of this song.  One recorded in 2010 that is pretty much live in the studio.  Minimal dubbing.  This version is the one on the Podcast. While a little rough around the edges, it has a more live and organic feel to it.  The other version is on "Last Train Out," 2011.  This is studio version. Neither version met my expectations because I felt and still feel its a great song.  Kid gets sucked in by hot Jehovah girl and the song tells the rest of the story.  This version you hear features Human Project regular Dwayne Janzen on lead guitar, and Tom Scott on keyboards. The drummer and bass player  I had never used and did not get the chemistry I liked with them. This is one reason these sessions got cut short with just 4 tracks.  They all went on Best of The Human Project.  It's the only place you can get them.

Recorded at Fast Traxx Studio Fresno, CA 2010
Produced by The Human
Bill Sayre Engineer.

Hardwork Blues
This track also from same session as "Shotgun."  The band did pretty well getting locked in on this one and ultimately I felt pretty good about this track. Dwayne Janzen and Tom Scott did their thing and The Human's rhythm guitar drives the track.
Song is about a guy's desire to "do anything" to get the girl. Even if it means to stop drinkin that hootch and work on her daddy's farm. Mercy.

Both of These Tracks were recorded at Fast Traxx Studio Fresno, CA
Produced by The Human
Bill Sayre Engineer.
2010

Standing in the Shadows
Basic Tracks recorded at The Sound Garden Studio in Porterville, California on analog tape.
This song almost "never happened," It was the last song we did in the session.  The band had not even heard it before. I had a little scratch version I did recorded onto a disc.  I played it for them.  They listened a few times, then we went out and cut the track you hear. Real live vibe.  Worse, Dwayne Janzen, lead guitar player had tore up his shoulder skiing.  His left arm was still in a sling. Still he gritted it out and laid down a scorching  lead track.  On a Saturday morning Jo Anna Stephens came in and put the killer harmony vocals down. Make sure to listen to her at the end of the song.  She had been invited to record in Nashville.  The saga of this song is not over.  In the end, I did not like the sound of the drums and the track lacked vitality I wanted. So...I took the master tapes to Fresno to Fast Traxx and transferred this track to pro tools.  Bill Sayre then used drum programs to fatten the drum sound.  I brought Nate Ketner in to lay a sax solo on the second break.  Then it was re-mixed.
And...Standing in The Shadows was finally finished. I consider it one of my most powerful songs.
It's on 2006, The Real Stuff.
Produced by The Human
Engineer Bill Sayre

Workin Too Hard
The first song I ever wrote after coming back from over a 35 year lay-off from music.  I had played in rock bands in High School all 4 years.  Good ones in the late 60's.  Then, put guitar down and off to college and life. I got a Strat in 2005 and Boss BR 1600 recorder and started foolin around. Workin Too Hard is first I came up with. I met some cool dudes along the way...good players. We recorded Working Too Hard at the Fast Traxx sessions on a Saturday in 2006.  Lots of cold beer was flowing.  This was a great version of The Human Project with Dwayne Janzen on Lead, Ron Greeley on Drums, Brian Beale on Bass and myself. Tom Scott was brought in to lay down keys and Nate Ketner put the sax down. All the songs from this session just kicked ass, including Jimmy"s Juke Joint, Red Vette Roll, and Hi Fallutin Momma. This CD got me a gig at Stanford homecoming.  People dug it. Put me on the map.
The Human..Producer
Bill Sayre Engineer
Fast Traxx 2006

Juke Joint Showdown
I had done Human Project II, Humanized with Dana Long at his studio in Visalia, CA in 2008.  A couple of years later I attempted to start another CD with him. He got a little studio and the basic framework for Juke Joint Showdown was laid down. It was John Dee's on Bass. Dana on Drums, and me..The Human on rhythm guitar. Then Dana had personal problems.  Sessions were shut down. I finally got him to transfer the track to a disc and I took it to Cobalt Studio in Fresno to finish the track.  Richie Blue plays the lead part. I put all the harmonies in at the end.  But Dana Long's drumming on this track is killer.  Drives the track. Song ends up being powerful rocker and tells a good story, like most of The Human's songs do. This version is on Human's Last Stand 2014.
Finished at Cobalt Studio, Fresno, CA 2011.
Rafael Carmony Engineer
The Human Producer


Lookin For My Freak Flag
This track was from the Human's Last Stand sessions at Fast Traxx in Fresno 2014.  I took an approach in recording this CD that I would not bring a band in, but patch it together kinda like I did with Human Project II, Humanized 2008.  This project was a struggle from start to finish, bringing in people and getting them in synch with the track.  Lookin For My Freak Flag came from these sessions. Bill Sayre plays drums and Dave Wallace did a good job on the keyboards.  My friend, AC Myles, fresh off a tour of Europe with John Nemeth, came in and laid down the absolutely killer lead track.  Song is about guy who just stopped partying and stopped having fun. One day he decided bleep this. Went lookin for his freak flag.  :)  He did put it back on.
Fast Traxx 2014
Bill Sayre Engineer
The Human Producer.

The Stripper
Another song from 2014 Fast Traxx sessions.  Track was pieced together.  The Human Plays the acoustic guitar and bass. Bill Sayre drums. Dwayne Janzen brought in to lay lead track down. That's it.  Song did not achieve expectations The Human had for it, but none the less a decent track.
Lyrics are self explanatory. Mercy
Fast Traxx 2014
Bill Sayre Engineer
The Human Producer

18 Wheels
This track, incredibly enough, was recorded in Human's Home Studio on Boss BR 1600 recorder.  The Human plays all instruments. He took the recorder to Tom Scott's house and had him lay down what turned out to be a raging keyboard solo and killer keyboard backing.  This Track was put on 2014 Human's Last Stand.  It sometimes pops into the top downloaded tracks.  Of course, its about Truckers.
The Human Producer, Engineer.

Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?
One of the few covers the Human has done. Did this track on a whim in home studio on Boss BR 1600. Brought in ex-student David Brown to put down mandolin track. This was a "just for fun," track that is not for sale anywhere.  He just wanted to share it with fans.

Blues State of Mind
Recorded at home on Boss BR 1600.  This is a cool little diddy The Human wrote.  He had AC Myles come over and put some lead guitar down, and The Human tosses in some tasty harmonica.  A short but sweet little jam.  Not for sale either, although The Human has thought about it.


Many of these tracks are not ever in the top sales or downloads of  Human's Music. He just did a prior show with those. He just hand picked these for fun to share with you..the fans.  Who are in his mind...The best on the Planet.



\\
Best of The Human Project, 2010.




Peace and Thanks to the Fans.
The best.












Sunday, May 6, 2018

Maximus Studio, Fresno, CA

I visited Maximus Studio in Fresno yesterday. My old friend Rafael Carmony moved from his studio, Colbalt to Maximus.  Maximus is as close as you will ever get to a big time LA type studio. Huge. Several studio's and rooms. One big room for big bands etc that ties in to most all of them. Killer boards. Killer pre-amps. Lounge. All that.  I worked with Rafael on my 3rd CD, "Last Train Out," that I released in 2011.  He wanted me to see the new digs. So, it's possible I might go in and put a track or 2 down in there one day. And..good to see Rafael as well.  I thought I would share some pics with you.


Main Board. Through window big room to set up in.


Big Room.


Nice piano. Just noodling. 



Board


The Human and Rafael Carmony




"Last Train Out," 2011.
Requiem For Washington on this one.


The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017.


Friday, May 4, 2018

New Single

The Human has released a new single, "Keep it To Yourself."  It is a sparse stripped down track with a cool groove to it.  He got his friend AC Myles to lay down a cool lead guitar track that helps establish the ambiance The Human wanted.  Sometimes, when you get to groovin and catch a little buzz...it's better to "Keep It To Yourself."  That in a nutshell is what the track is all about.  It can be downloaded from all major distribution sites, although it may not yet be uploaded to all of them yet.


Link to "Keep it To Yourself.
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thehumanproject5


A couple day's ago on "Human's Show," on Podomatic, The Human featured his top 6 download sales for the month of April, 2018.  This show had over 325 downloads world-wide and has proved to be one of his most popular shows ever. If you missed it, here is the link for you to check it out.

Human's Show. Human Project Top 6 Downloads for April 2018.
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject/episodes/2018-05-02T05_57_34-07_00





The Human
6 CD's released from 2006-2017.
99% all original songs.

Get Humanized.


Human Project Fans are the best. Very knowledgeable about music. Discerning. And dig real
music like The Human makes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April Download Sales and More

A good month for Human Project download sales for April after March was off just a little.

A total of 46 songs were downloaded. 44 or them were written by The Human. (Loyd Vandergriff)
Especially gratifying is how many different countries are involved in listening and downloading world-wide. 15 different countries and the USA.  People world-wide are finding Human Project Music and listening to it. 

The Top Downloads for April were:

High Anxiety                                     Human Project II, Humanized
Fast Train                                           Humanize
Requiem For Washington                  Last Train Out
Bar Room Meltdown                         Humanize
Norwegian Wood                               Human's Last Stand
Got Myself In Trouble                       Humanize

The Human just made a YouTube video that goes over the downloads for April and also explains how he markets his music and promotes it. Informative for new artists and even older ones as well.

LINK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8SWqqpLVws&t=18s

If you haven't followed The Human on youtube, subscribe to his channel. Some good stuff there.

He fly's hot and heavy under the mainstream radar but gets noticed by the people who count. His fans. They are knowledgeable and discerning when it comes to music.  The Human brings it for them.



The Human

http://www.humanrocks.net


PEACE

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