“The Legend of Ms Garcia” Now Available!

GarciaCover400x400You’ve seen all the background stuff on the string arrangement

, the influences, the solo acoustic version, and the recording breakdown.

And now the full version of “The Legend of Ms Garcia” is now available for download!

Click here to listen, download, and share the song.

You can also hit the player below to hear it.

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The Breakdown of Ms Garcia

msgarciabreakdownthumbWe’re almost to the release of the “The Legend of Ms Garcia”.  I had to do some different stuff and learn a few new tricks while recording this track.  And I thought it would be fun to take you into the studio and break the song down to show you all the moving parts.
I just realized the title of this post could be a song of its own.

If you missed the other posts about the 80’s Mexican Soap Opera Mix, the influences on the song, or the solo acoustic version, you can click those links to check them out.

Update: The official recording of “The Legend of Ms Garcia” is now available! Click here to check it out or hit the player below.

Check out the video below where you can see both the inner workings of the new single and what a colossal mess my desk is.

By the way, I was inspired to do this by a great podcast called Song Exploder.  Not sure Hrishikesh Hirway, the host of the show, would be a fan of my music, but I love the idea.

 

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Solo Acoustic Version of “The Legend of Ms Garcia”

Phil singing The Legend of Ms GarciaThe studio version of “The Legend of Ms Garcia will be available on Friday February 5th and I’m excited for you to hear it.

Since we’ve had some behind the scenes peeks at the song here and here

, I thought I’d give you an “in front of the scenes” look today.

If you have my latest comedy special “Pretty From The Back” you may have already seen this.  Unless you bought it and haven’t watched it yet.  In which case, thank goodness for second chances, right?

To be honest, my voice sounds a little worn out in this clip.  I’d already done 45 or 50 minutes of telling jokes and that tends to wear on the ‘ol vocal chords a bit. :)

With the studio version of the song you’ll hear next week I was able to approach it with a fresh voice and really give it the heft it deserves.

Update: The official recording of “The Legend of Ms Garcia” is now available! Click here to check it out or hit the player below.

If you haven’t yet gotten my latest comedy special, you can download the video and audio here, or give it a listen below.

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Where did Ms Garcia Come From?

Mexican calendar girlsMy favorite songs that I’ve written are the ones that come with a visual story attached to them.  At least in my head, even if I never get around to doing a video for them.

“The Legend of Ms Garcia”, which will be released on February 5th, is one of those songs.  It’s about my high school Spanish teacher who had a… reputation of sorts.

When I compose I usually have other influences in mind.  In this case, one of them was Mexican calendar girls were popular in the 1930’s-1960’s, much like the one above and this one.

Update: The official recording of “The Legend of Ms Garcia” is now available! Click here to check it out or hit the player below.

 

Mexican calendar girls

I’ll often be influenced by some song or style that I don’t necessarily know a lot about.  But I can use it as a sort of template that I do my own thing with.  For “Ms Garcia” that was the theme song from Disney’s Zorro films from the late 1950’s.

By the way, if you’ve never seen those old Zorro films, there a ton of fun.  I still rewatch them periodically.

“The Legend of Ms Garcia” will be out on February 5th.  Be sure to sign up in the little box below and I’ll let you know when it’s out.  Plus you’ll get a bunch of free downloads of my best stuff!

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Why I Can’t Be Scared Of Rural Vampires from Forks

Phil Johnson on Rural VampiresThis is a little clippy clip about vampires from my latest comedy special “Pretty From The Back”

I just can’t be scared of vampires from places like Forks, Mystic Falls, or Bon Temps.  Here’s why.

When I was a kid our vampires were rich aristocratic types who lived in a castle high in the Carpathian mountains.  If you’re a thousand years old and still find yourself living in a town with one black person and no Starbucks, I’m not going to be real scared of you.  I may buy you some business books though.

There’s a bunch more to this bit and plenty of other fun stuff in “Pretty From The Back”. You can get yourself a digital download or DVD copy here.

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