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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Today I went for a hike after many days of not going for a hike due to the rain. I really enjoy the rain & sometimes even hiking in it, but this rain was not the kind to be out in. Anyway it decided to take a break today so I decided to venture out and see what Wildwood had to offer. As you can see the sky was beautiful and the clouds just as amazing. The hills were very green though not as green as I'm sure they will be in a few weeks. It was a little bit windy but not enough to ruin anything. Really quite a perfect day.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Benefit Concert For Haiti This Friday

Class Project & Paul Starling
Friday, January 22, 2010 at 9:00pm
Blue Ultra Lounge
5017 Lewis Rd
Agoura Hills, CA
5$ Donation @ The Door

please come by & show your support. it will be a great night of music & dancing!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Song: Drown Her Gently

Download the Mp3 here

"Drown Her Gently" started as a conversation I was having with good friend Vanessa. We were talking about letting someone down and she said "Brian, drown her gently". Right away I said "great title". I also knew that the "drown her gently" theme would go along great with a verse section I had written a few weeks before. As I attempted to bring the two together a new section developed into a 50's type chorus. Its always really exciting when something new presents itself during the writing process. I would have never come up with the 50's section without the verse and "drown her gently" parts. The structure of this song is rather odd as well; which I like. It starts with a slow verse that develops into the upbeat 50's section which then goes back into the verse melody but with the 50's beat. Soon after a towering tide of reverb guitars ushers in the "drown her gently" section. how nautical.... I hope you enjoy it.
p.s. don't forget to download the "Aimed Arrows" EP!

*instruments used: fender telecaster, jay turser bass, rogers drums, epiphone acoustic, big muff distortion, tambourine, zildjian cymbals

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Todays Schedule:
- listen to previous nights recording of "Drown Her Gently"
- create rough mix of "Drown Her Gently"
- wildwood hike (pictured above)
- shave/shower
- lunch
- write notes for meeting
- meeting with manager
- filming for mynt green
- recording vocals/overdubs for "Drown Her Gently"

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Year, New Projects

Hello everyone and a happy new year to you all! This year is already turning out to be quite exciting as many projects are nearing completion or about to start. As usual I continue to write and record many new songs as I can't seem to stop, nor do I want to. The newest is titled "Drown Her Gently" which is turning out to be quite a production with layered guitars and beefy bass. Yes I said beefy. The title came from a conversation I was having with dear lady Vanessa. We were joking about letting people down and she said "Brian please, just drown her gently". Right away I thought "great title". Anyway its nearly finished and I suspect when it is completely done I will post it here for all of you to hear. For a while now I have been hinting at big plans & I now can let you in on what they are. In the next couple of months I will be recording a brand new album! A full studio production with bells and whistles and banjos! Someone very special will be producing but I am not allowed to reveal exactly who they are yet. Soon, I promise. In addition to the new album I am working with my brother Kenny on a weekly hour long radio/podcast show that will be available exclusively here at the Paul Starling Blog. I'm sure many of you are familiar with various Live @ The BBC albums from artists such as The Beatles, Led Zep, Jimi Hendrix, The Zombies, etc. During these radio shows your favorite bands would play live versions of their most famous songs AND cover versions of songs they loved. In addition they would have short interviews and special guests. This is exactly what Kenny & I will be doing! Paul Starling songs, cover songs, special guests, and much much more! Stay tuned for that. Many many more projects are on the horizon for 2010 as well. A summer tour for instance........keep checking back for more updates & have a great 2010!
la la la love,
Paul Starling