This is the fifth single from Extended Play 2019-21.
“(It’s a) Steamy Jungle” is an acoustic reggae song I came up with in October 2020.
Guitar & vocal by Ric Size. Recorded March 1, 2021 in Sanford, FL, by Tom Pearce. Photo, production & art design also by Tom Pearce.
1. Bitter To Better - Ric Size
Photo, production & art design by Tom Pearce.
Recorded March 1, 2021 in Sanford, FL. Tom Pearce is now using Behringer software to record & monitor on a Mac flatscreen, to match with his Behringer wireless pre-amp, which is the heart of everything. Two microphones, one on vocals & one on acoustic guitar, and a line-in guitar through a DI-box to the pre-amp. Three-track recording, clean as a pin.
I woke up late this morning and did my usual cucumber juicing in the kitchen. Two raw cukes, and if I have an apple core or fresh ginger, I’ll add that for some sweetness & zing. But I didn’t have any (as usual), so I slugged my veggies down & commented to myself, “It’s bitter, but it makes you better… ‘Bitter to Better’…. That’s a song title!” So I grabbed a paper & pen and wrote the song. You need a title.
What helps with riffs is knowing many, many covers, across the genres. Keep cycling through them, so when you have a title, you can invent the riff you need– by distilling from favorite covers. That’s how this song was done.