The Sonic Effect

I have been a lead singer for most of my life and seeing band after band fall apart I was finally fed up and faced with trying to make it a go solo. And I enjoy playing acoustic shows but I sure would rather have the full band effect.  In fact, ultimately I would rather perform and sing with a full band for that full band effect. Well I won’t do the full band thing again but with today’s technology I can have the same sonic effect.

What a Process

Over the last few month I have been studying audio recording techniques. I started with recording a few originals and though the last song recorded sounded better than the first, I knew I had some work ahead of me. That’s what spurred on building a home studio. I now have some cover songs where I recorded all the instrument parts minus the lead vocals and guitar. I can now use them for Backing Tracks.  These backing tracks play while I sing and play along. I have to say I am really liking the sounds I’m getting but recording them is taking some getting used to.

Learn/Practice/Record – Learn/Practice/Record

It certainly requires more time. I say that cause I am learning the other instrument parts, putting them to memory and then trying to get that “no mistakes” track. Then practice, practice, practice along with the tracks. When you play along live with backing tracks there is no room for deviation from the recorded instruments. It is a challenge I am happy to face when facing the other option…a band.

3 Years and Counting

Anyway, here we are coming up on 3 years from when I had my epiphany of getting my music back on. CasperTunes now has a studio about 90% complete, a professional website @ www.CasperTunes.com, a nice little PA system for live shows and a few songs online. We also have social network pages with ReverbNationFaceBookTwitter and MySpace.  I have learned so much over these last couple years and really feel like things are going in the right direction, just a little slower than I would like.  

Almost Ready

As I continue my studies I discovered one of the best ways to start getting your songs heard is still the old fashioned way of hitting the streets and playing out. Backing Tracks will be a part of my show in part at first but eventually all the songs I do will have backing tracks.  Now you know I would love to see YOU at one of my shows so please signs up on my email roster here  CasperTunesEmail so I can let you know if  I’ll be in your area.  Hope to play for you soon.

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Daniel Casper – Original songs like Rascal Flats or Peter Gabriel or a combination of the two.  Rock/Alternative/Country

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 Inside Music Today

 Celebrating 18 years of Television Production

 There is a great opportunity for local Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware musicians and up until now many don’t know about it.  It is Inside Music Today.  This is a great opportunity for bands and singer songwriters to get themselves on TV with multiple camera shots.

On June 9th between 3 and 6pm Inside Music Today will be going all out to celebrate their achieving 18 years in the business.  They are holding it right in here in my home town of Burlington, NJ at the Water Front Promenade.  This is a park like setting with benches scattered along paved walking areas. It is right on the river and simply one of the most beautiful historical parts of our small town.  Rain date is June 10th.

If you know any one that may be able to benefit from this music TV production tell them of this event.  The people from Inside Music Today will have staff to take your information.

The event will showcase the local talent with a full three hours of live music.  All the original tunes will be scheduled to air on WMCN.  Go here – http://roomtwoproductions.com/watch-our-show-on-wmcn/ –  to find what channel IMT is airing in your area.

Here are some of the groups that will be at the celebration – The Privileged Few (Dr. Lou), John Carr’s band, Liquid Island & Count Josephine Band.  Trump Boyz (one of the local favorites), RT Funk Band, Dan Casper (CasperTunes), KJA and the Lonely Teardrops  So come on out and you may get on TV or in a music video too.

There is and over abundance of off the street parking right across the road, but we do encourage car pooling. Parking is so close you can almost watch the show from the lot.  This is an event for all ages so bring the entire family.  Chairs, something to drink and a snack is all you need to get comfortable and enjoy the music.

Hope to see YOU ALL come out and support your favorite band and the local music scene.

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Songwriter

Genre: Country – Wedding Song                                                                                           I Love You Goodnight      CasperTunes@gmail.com                                                                            Written by: Daniel Casper  03/21/2012 ©

                                           I started this tune when I was asked to play at a wedding.

In October of 2011, my cousin Jennifer asked me to play at her June 2, 2012 wedding.  As I was playing around on my guitar and practicing one night I came up with this nice little groove that had a ballad feel to me.  I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could write them a wedding song.

So the first thing that came to mind was I wanted to make the song non gender specific so it could be sung by either the man or the woman. As I started to develop the song structure the pre chorus “I’ll try to remember” chords came to me.  At this point I was still humming the melody with mumblings but no real words.  

I found myself thinking “write” about the Wedding Day

Then, I thought, start with the day of the proposal.  I was coming up with “When  I asked you to marry me” (her speaking to him) “When you said you would marry me” (him speaking to her) But I was hell bent on keeping it none gender specific and these did not work.  Then I thought, what if I make it like they are already getting married and make it more about the wedding day. Thats when I came out with “The day that I marry you”.  As I came up with the pre-chorus lyrics I knew I had a new song and it was about to give birth.

As I was working on the first verse, now singing some words and still mumbling others, I came into the pre-chorus and sang “So I’ll try to remember at the end of every day”.  Thats when I figured I’ll put a message in here.  Something to remind them that marriage  can get tough so don’t forget to do the little things that mean so much.  So I tried to find something I thought might help keep a marriage together.  This is when I came up with the chorus.

As if I would know…still single at 48…whatever.

Anyhow, as I continued to write, I thought of everything I read in all the (how to write a hit) books and I knew I wanted to put in a bridge.  This did not come during the first few sittings when working on the song.  It stumped me for some time but I kept at it and finally came up with a chord progression that sat right for me.

Writing and recording it

This tune took me about 5 weeks to craft and hone to what you hear today.  It took another 5 or so to record the guitar and bass with a drum loop and scratch vocals.  It will take another 3 to 6 for live drums and vocal tracks. And then another couple weeks to produce and master it.  This is at a part -time pace and I can’t wait to take songwriting to full time work.  At this point I will have listened to the song well over a thousand times and will enjoy every minute.  I can’t explain it, I guess it has to be within you.

I was stoked to play it for Jennifer and Jeff

I played it on my guitar for Jennifer and Jeff at my family Christmas party in my music room and they both really liked it.  Jennifer called me one day afterwards and said they want to walk down the isle to it.  I was so flattered, it made my day as you could imagine.  Then she called again and said they want to use it for their first dance too.  I couldn’t be happier to know they like it that much.  She told me her mom, my aunt and godmother, cried when she played the demo I made for her.

There is nothing like someone, even if it’s family, who we all know can be biased, appreciating the art I created.  I hope you enjoy it ,too.  The scratch tracks are already on my website and free to download if you like. I hope to have this, my first fully produced and mastered song, out by the end of April and on iTunes.

 If you would like to hear the rough demo see below and click the Play Now arrow.

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Wedding Song

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