The Shining Hour Recording Diary

IMac The format of this diary page has changed to reflect each song's progress (or lack of!) and the dates when something was added to the song rather than just a list of dates. Scroll down for MP3 files where available.
What has been recorded so far...

Songbox in: WHITE = In progress RED = Backing track finished YELLOW = Recording complete GREEN = Mixed BLUE = Song completed

Working Title Date Comments
 
 
Beautiful Things 27.08.12 Backing vocals recorded. Song mixed and compeleted
22.08.12 Vocals recorded
21.08.12 Acoustic 6 string guitar recorded
 
Castaway 06.02.13 Lead electric guitar and harmonica recorded Backing track completed - a nice dreamy, floaty kind of song!
03.02.13 Electric riff guitar recorded. Electric piano, String and Piano programmed. Bass completed
02.02.13 Two acoustic 6 string guitars recorded
17.09.11 Acoustic 6 string guitar recorded
 
I'm Over It Now 28.01.13 Strings and Hammond Organ programming completed Backing track completed
27.01.13 Acoustic 6, 12 string and electric lead guitars recorded
27.07.12 Bass guitar and electric guitar recorded
14.06.11 Acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars recorded
 
In Your Life 24.01.11 Two acoustic guitars recorded An idea from 1997 which for me is really tricky to play accurately but I've finally nailed it!
 
Window Shopping 10.01.11 Backing track completed The first song to be recorded entirely within Logic on the iMac. Sounds pretty good too
25.10.10 Electric rhythm guitar recorded An old idea being recorded for the next CD
 
You Used To Love Me 05.03.13 Electric echo guitar recorded Backing track completed
21.01.13 Bass guitar completed
20.01.13 Acoustic 6 string guitars re-recorded Re-recording was due to timing issues with the computer. All sorted now!i
17.09.11 Acoustic 6 string guitars re-recorded
14.06.11 Acoustic 12 string guitar re-recorded
20.12.09 Acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars recorded A new recording in progress of an idea about 2 years old
 
I Tried 17.02.13 Electric echo guitar recorded. Horns programmed Backing track completed
16.02.13 Electric 12 string lead guitar riff recorded Using a Rickenbacker 330-12
13.02.13 Electric 12 string rhythm guitar recorded Using a Danelectro 12 string electric
21.01.13 Bass guitar completed
14.06.11 Acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars re-recorded
20.12.09 Acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars recorded A new recording in progress of an idea about 2 years old
 
Safe And Sound
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13.04.03 Mixdown and upload to the website
09.04.03 Main vocal recorded
06.04.03 Drum submix The backing track is now complete. I think it sounds really punchy. Lyrics need to be completed and sung before upload as an MP3 file.
05.04.03 Bass guitar, effect guitars and drum tracks recorded.
01.04.03 Electric 12 string guitar riff recorded. Second electric rhythm guitar re-recorded
31.03.03 Two electric rhythm guitars recorded. A noisy, angry song about the state of the world (man!). An idea from October 2001.
 
Greener 20.11.12 Keyboards added The backing track is now complete after nine and a half years!
18.11.12 Electric rhythm guitar recorded The backing track is now complete after nine and a half years!
30.11.03 Bass guitar recorded
18.03.03 Acoustic rhythm guitar and acoustic octave guitar (mandolin style) recorded Guitar recorded to a click track. An idea from 14.07.00.
 
Playgrounds 20.10.12 Backing track completed Dates not known for completion of various elements
09.02.03 Acoustic rhythm guitars recorded Recorded the acoustic to a click track. New idea from January 2003. Lyrics coming along, so far fairly nostalgic.
 
Seasons 09.02.03 Acoustic rhythm guitar recorded Recorded the acoustic to a click track. Completely new idea from 25.01.03 and could turn out to be a gorgeous song. Quite a laid back ballad.
 
No Better Time 11.02.12 Electric lead guitar recorded The backing track is now complete.
05.02.12 Bass guitar recorded
24.10.10 Electric Guitar riff recorded
20.07.07 Drums recorded It's been a long time coming but I think this one should progress nicely.
15.01.03 Acoustic rhythm guitar recorded Recorded the acoustic to a click track. This song is a favourite idea from August 1999.
 
Funky 10.02.07 Wah-wah guitar recorded The backing track is now finished. Just vocals to record.
20.11.02 Bass guitar recorded
10.11.02 Drums, electric rhythm guitar and 'brass' recorded A very new idea. This song has a working title of 'Funky' - but don't worry, I'm not going all Jamiraquai! In fact it is more reminiscent of The Sunday's 'Goodbye'.
   
 
After All 01.04.02 Drums and keyboards recorded This is a new idea. Quite a pretty tune I think,
 
Closer 18.08.01 Acoustic guitars recorded A slowish ballad type song with celesta and organ.
31.07.01 Drums & keyboards recorded
 
Forgotten 25.08.01 Electric guitar recorded The backing track is now finished. Just vocals to record.
18.08.01 Acoustic guitar recorded This ballad song is about 6 minutes long... yes another epic but it sounds gorgeous. My singing will have to be top notch to match the backing track which is difficult at the best of times...! Only a small amount of electric guitar and vocals to do on this one!
03.08.01 Keyboards recorded
02.08.01 Drums recorded
 
Good For You 02.07.07 Piano added The backing track is finished... at last!
10.02.07 Electric guitar solo and E-Bow recorded It's a long time since I recorded anything on this song!
16.08.01 Bass guitar recorded This song is building up nicely. It's got a similar feel to the song 'Something' which was on Blue.
05.08.01 Sequenced drums on Cubase and recorded them Another very new idea
2 electric rhythm guitars recorded
The Rickenbacker guitar sounds great through the D1600. Nice and thrashy - almost like that Jam sound!
 
Obsession 02.09.12 Song mixed Unbelievable that its eleven after I started it and six and a half since I completed the track
05.02.06 Main and backing vocals recorded Although this song won't be on the next CD, the backing track has been hanging around completed for a long time.
06.05.02 Bass guitar recorded The backing track is now finished on this noisy song. Rock on!
05.05.02 Lead guitar and effect guitars recorded
21.04.02 Electric rhythm guitars recorded
08.08.01 Drums recorded I've actually recorded this song's backing track already in my experiments with the Roland recorder and the computer but decided it needed a fresh makeover. Let's hope I can replicate the tricky bassline!
 
Rockpig
Download MP3 "Rockpig" (894k)
27.08.01 Download this MP3 file (894k) and laugh along with The Shining Hour's new direction! This started off as a test when I got the new machine. I wanted to try out the distortion effects and made up this song as I went along. Obviously, first of all I got my hair poodle-permed, put on a pair of spandex trousers and rocked like a Mother with a capital Rrrrrr!!