• Apr 26, 2020

Computer issues, so went for it with just a single voice memo, electric drop-tuned clean guitar out of a crappy crate amp.

Loved that this made me think of things from a mid-point perspective, really helped me anchor the song in the center and then make decisions about the energy on either side of that midpoint.

Proud that the form is palindromic. Proud that it has… a form!

Planning on doing a proper recording of this once a couple things arrive in the mail.


Looking for feedback on

Composition - in general, going forward. I have trouble thinking of pieces macroscopically and tend to obsess over "parts." I love playing guitar more than I do mapping out songs, so any advice that will help me cultivate that love would be greatly appreciated.


nurphgun April 30, 2020 10:16pm

Love this so much. I like the juxtaposition of the intro/outro, which feels very sunny-window, lazy crooked walk thru the park picking flowers aimlessly, and the grumbly frantic part in the middle which is more like a rolling tide. So awesome.

Z May 6, 2020 4:59pm

Thank you, makes me happy to hear what it evoked.

Kristoph April 28, 2020 8:54pm

My dude, this song is fucking umami – I get my sweet, my salty and my savory all in one. This fucking rocks for a spate of reasons. One, jeez man, the guitar lines are galaxy brain beautiful. Honestly one of my favorite part of your music brain is how dialed the parts of a song are – like you’re never rushing me away from something, we just sit in the movement as it comes – and the moments don’t disappoint. Coming in on that soft big twang and then getting to that filthy like car-chase through the city from the year 4000 works for me as a movement. I feel cohesiveness and I feel like I don’t have the merits to tell you how to build a song – I just fly by the seat of my pants. Really beautiful, can’t wait to hear how you set it in stone.
Oh and the acceleration of the tapping is nutso and your vocal clicks make me feel brand new 21 again. Rock on.

Z May 6, 2020 5:00pm

Love this, makes me feel really good, thanks man. brand new 21 again? Is that a 480 ref?

nick April 28, 2020 2:26pm

what a wild ride. ive always love how distinct the “parts” are in your songs. unbridled character. in regards to thinking macro, not sure, but ill be thinking about it.

Z May 6, 2020 5:01pm

Many thanks cap’n.

Tengo April 27, 2020 11:43am

Your guitar lines are always so melodic, no matter how “technical” they get. I love that about your playing. And the chord progression at the start is beautiful

nick April 28, 2020 2:22pm

so true.

Sam Pearce April 27, 2020 12:43am

Accidentally lost my first comment, but this one will be more succinct. It’s beautiful. The tapping to me *is* really impressive, but I appreciate that emotion seems to be the cause of the virtuosity, rather than the inverse, or an attempt at the inverse. Regarding form, I was engaged and moved by it just as it is. I think if you wanted to make it into a “song” in a somewhat conventional sense, probably one or two of these sections has enough strength to carry it. But I enjoy it being a journey through different realms of intensity. Oh also, the low notes sound incredibly, powerfully low.

Z April 27, 2020 10:03am

Hey Sam I really appreciate that – yes emotion is the driver for sure and should always be dominant aspect. I tend to use tapping as sparsely as possible, if at all, in my playing to avoid it overshadowing the more important aspects of the song, but it was nice to allow myself to commit to that technique in this piece as a core aesthetic. Also to not try and make it a “conventional” song and just let it be what it is.

I do love the low notes too, really plunges.

Thanks for the feedback it’s really useful.

agasthya April 26, 2020 10:48pm

wow this is great. that middle section is like the TRON soundtrack on a single guitar.

Z April 27, 2020 9:55am


Thank you kindly!

Ryan April 26, 2020 10:33pm

Well cheese-us that is an awfully nice guitar part. Yowzer. I love hearing some Young Trahan ideas meet Current Trahan’s patience. I have the pleasure of having a bit of a pre-conceived notion as to what this might turn into, but as always, you have constructed an entire world here. Your melodic/harmonic choices will always astound me in the best way. Most importantly—props to you for completing and submitting. I know how wildly frustrating tech woes can be. I further challenge you to make sure that you do flesh out a recording of this once you’ve got the tools you need. <3

Z April 27, 2020 9:47am

Thanks brudder

froebusiness April 26, 2020 10:17pm

Nice technique, guy. I like when it gets low and rumbly, that really wets my whistle.

Z April 27, 2020 9:46am

Thank you, definitely cool to see multiple reactions to one part.

peter April 26, 2020 9:49pm

Love that vocal percussion

Z April 27, 2020 9:43am

Danke babe