So if you have read my other blogs, indieguitaristtoneroom.wordpress.com, or guitarpedaloftheday.wordpress.com, then you know that when it comes to the sound of my guitars in general, I am the most methodical and meticulous person you will ever meet. I am quircky about the way my sound is recorded, and absolutely obsessive about the settings of all my equipment. This 12 year love affair with sound recently hit a brick wall, as I had disassembled my pedalboard to build a bigger one with a sturdier base. I had just recently created a complex guitar rig as well, that I knew in and out, yet “de-wired” everything as to better accommodate the new wiring system. The pedals that sat on the board for years were sat aside for a while, where they apparently had their settings compromised. THIS IS NOT GOOD to a tone freak like me, but I took a deep breath, and re-adjusted everything to how the pictures I had previously provided showed. Now that the board is back together, the sound is not quite the same, but in order to get such a great sound, you must be very, VERY patient. It will be worth it in the end if you are truly obsessed with tone as I am. Oh yeah, and just to top things off, the very expensive expression pedal I ordered came in today… it’s not working right. If you’re not perfect, you have to be patient. I’m apparently the farthest thing from perfect.
Being a fan of R.E.M., U2, and The Black Crowes, I extend a tip of my hat to the three of them this summer as I cover the following three songs in live performances, giving them an acoustic/alternative flair.
Hi, my name is Jonathan Morgan. To know a little more about where my blogs’ topics are stemmed from, let me give you a brief history of my past musical experiences. I first picked up a guitar when I was 7 years old (playing piano by ear since I was 4) and quickly found it to be my favorite instrument. I did little more than bang around on the poor guitar for 3 years, until my mother introduced me to a guitar teacher, David Griswald. After 2 years of study, I had a firm understanding of musical theory and executement, yet something was missing. I had discovered that the creative element that made music such a beautiful artistic force was the exact thing my music was lacking. I was being taught the science of music, not the theology.
With enough deliberating with my parents I was eventually allowed to teach myself, which I found to be the happiest and most exciting years of being a student of music. By the age of 12, I had become so obsessed with the music I was expounding through my fingers, I had begun to lock myself down into my room continuously every night, in order to become something so great musically, that by the time I would emerge from my room, I would be seen as a force to recon with. The blues and soul of the deep south influenced my playing due to the fact that I was raised in Florida and North Carolina my entire life, and by the age of 14, had become a blues prodigy of the Raleigh/Durham area.
It was in this time of my life I took a step back, and tried to understand where I was going as a musician. I almost completely quit guitar altogether, and focused more on the personal aspect of how my playing is an outward expression of an inward feeling. During this time I was introduced to Caleb Barefoot, and on the same day as our introduction, joined his band, The Fate. As an Alternative/Contemporary band, it introduced me on how to be yourself in a live setting, and how to play not as a guitarist in a band, but as a musician supporting the band.
After 4 years of playing and over 700 shows (some with audiences of over 1,500 people) the band disassembled, and we all moved on to our own projects. Our drummer has become a film maker, our vocalist, Kyle Duck, is happily married, and our bassist and keyboardist (The Barefoot brothers) are taking college courses in Lynchburg VA. I went on to become a solo folk artist, covering and writing my own songs, and eventually an album, but didn’t quite find my happiness there either. In June of 2011, I gave Caleb Barefoot a call, to notify him that I was writing an album, and wanted to use his studio, located on the second floor of his home to record it. Being a recording engineer as well as a talented bassist and guitarist, he was more than happy to do the work.
In writing and recording the album, “The Bitter Cold” a band was formed out of the friends and muscians who worked on the album. The Northern Arcade, which we are now called, is still recording due to busy schedules and very low funding, but are very happy and excited to be working on the project that finally makes me, as well as everyone working on the album relieve their creative ideas within the music. Now at a pause before we as a band re-enter the studio for the summer, my creative energy is rebuilding as I prepare for another 3 months of work.