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‘ugly bags of mostly water’

Posted in acoustic, Boss Gt-3, CD, Citadel, Cynosure, Digitech Jamman Solo, drums, folk, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, live looping, loop, looper, loopfest, looping, Looptober, lyrics, music, prog, Progfest, progfolk, rejyna, solo, vocal, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by Citadel

We were called ‘ugly bags of mostly water’ in a Star Trek episode (‘Home Soil’)* and this aptly describes what unifies us as a species. Without water, we all die. Regardless of skin color, flag or theology and in spite of borders, barriers and bigotry. Water unites us. I use this metaphor to represent my belief that our species can choose to see beyond that which divides us. A bonus is at the end when I put forth my best Jean-Luc Picard impersonation…Happy listening to all my global brother and sister water bags!


https://soundcloud.com/rejyna/born-here-autochthonous

Born Here
(Autochthonous Anthem)

Bringing you water, bringing the water,
bringing your water, bring me water
Everyone’s water, you are of water,
I am of water, we are water

You wanna take it out
You wanna break it out
You wanna shake it out
and stake it out and make it out

You gotta bring it in,
you gotta get the win,
you gotta take the spin
and break the wind
and save your skin

Say that you are gonna, say that you wanna,
say that you shoulda, coulda, oughta
Say that you mean it, say that you swear it,
say that you care and you dare to be there for it

Why look outside
when the truth is inside
in a place where hope cannot hide,
cannot steal, cannot lie
Borders collide, battle cries,
sides take sides,
minds devise the divide to demise
realized in the tear of a child’s eye

You see it, yes you do,
a chance to follow through,
it’s right in front of you,
beside of you, you know it’s true
You see a better day,
you feel, you share, you play,
you separate the colors
from the shades of dreary gray

(Spoken) We are born here, we all are born here on this planet. Among us are no aliens, no immigrants, no refugees – we are all humans from one earth – borders are not organic – each person is one-hundred percent autochthonous.

Download the entire CD at: http://cdbaby.com/rejyna3

c. Rejyna Douglass-Whitman (BMI)
Published by W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication, repurposing, exhibition or performance is prohibited by US and international copyright laws.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Soil

‘Common Voice’ from the new IDIO CD!

Posted in acoustic, Balladeer, Boss Gt-3, CD, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelmusic, citadelofficial, citadels, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, dd-55, digitech, digitech jamman, Digitech Jamman Solo, download, drums, folk rock, folkprog, gt3, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, 요새, live looping, loop, looper, looping, lyrics, mg82cx, music, Ovation, prog, rejyna, Roland, solo, song, The Citadel, thecitadel, The_Citadel, Uncategorized, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, yamaha, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by Citadel

Citadel band member, Rejyna, has uploaded a 2nd song from her new CD, IDIO, titled ‘Common Voice’

Hear the song here:
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/rejyna/common-voice-go-easy
ReverbNation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/rejyna/song/22180153-common-voice

Rejyna notes, “this is a fun song to play and the words hold a lot of meaning for me.  We have choices and freedoms that many do not and the lyrics to this song remind me to stay active, stay vigilant, stay alert and above all – add my common voice to the cry for liberty for all – and of course, the guitarist in me loves playing the shred leads between acoustic rhythms – and playing the drums and having the looper repeat what I play is something that appeases the novice drummer in me…”

01 – Common Voice (Go Easy)
There was a time
when the common voice among us
had no chance to dare a king
Dreams and wondering
were smothered into suffered silence
subjugated by imperial strings 

Now’s the time
for the common voice among us
to challenge netharias kings
Songs and sidewalk speeches
struggle to abate the silence,
to stay the liberated from surrendering 

Do we see it’s all all right? 
Do we see it’s all of light?

Still the surf and the noble
share a common threat
as our homeworld
suffers from neglect –

Easy, go easy
Say you want to love
Say you are for love

Right now, shout it out,
roundabout, all around the world.
Write it down, right it out,
your mind light can shine now.

Make your rhyme outside time
Speak your mind
to eyes blinded by the fright
Use, lose, abuse
or choose to unite
There are no second chances
to roll the liberty dice…

Music recorded using multiple memory slots on one JamMan Solo, Vocals sung thru an SM57 DigiTech Vocalist Live pro and tracked on a DigiTech GNX4, loops stitched and massaged in SoundForge.

From the CD, IDIO, by Rejyna
http://cdbaby.com/cd/rejyna3
c. Rejyna Douglass-Whitman  (BMI)

Published by W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI). All Rights Reserved.  Unauthorized duplication, repurposing, exhibition or performance is prohibited by US and international copyright laws.

IDIO CD Pre-Release 10-1-14: Liner Notes and Looptober Tour Dates

Posted in acoustic, ATM73a, Audio Technica, Balladeer, band, Boss Gt-3, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelmusic, citadelofficial, citadels, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, dd-55, digitech, digitech jamman, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, download, drums, fest, folk rock, folkprog, gt3, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, 요새, live looping, loop, looper, loopfest, looping, Looptober, mg82cx, music, цитадель, Ovation, PF93, prog, rejyna, Roland, solo, song, The Citadel, thecitadel, The_Citadel, tour, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman, y2k loopfest, yamaha, ZITADELLE, الأمواج on September 28, 2014 by Citadel

Rejyna CD 'IDIO'

New ‘IDIO’ CD by Citadel guitarist, Rejyna
Pre-Released Digital-Only at CDBaby.com
Looptober 1st (October 1st)

REJYNA – IDIO – LINER NOTES

Contemplating a new release, I wondered if there may be some song seeds in my ‘audio journal’ of snippets. Always endeavoring to keep creative juices flowing, I have amassed an enormous library of musical ideas created spontaneously during rehearsals and sessions.

To record an album (before I owned a looper) I’d use a handheld audio or video recorder to capture spur of the moment ideas. Later, I’d sift through them, looking for pieces that spoke to me most to take through development – first musically developing them on guitar, then lyrically; finding phonetics, then matching those sounds with words and concepts. The goal is to make demo guides for future conventional recording sessions. It can be a tenuous, time-hogging, expensive endeavor.

More recently, instead of my former way of capturing inspirations, I’ve been using a looping pedal, the DigiTech JamMan Solo. It’s like a foot-controlled recorder; you record yourself playing, and then it repeats that phrase while you add layers of accompaniment on top of it – storing each variation as uncompressed wave files in memory spaces on an SD card.

I use this pedal extensively in my live shows, rehearsals and jams. Once it is full, I transfer those files to my computer so I can again fill it up with ideas. It has become my song notebook.

I realized I had over 2500 snippets. I was surprised that the sound quality was good and that my musical execution of various parts were acceptable to me as ‘final cuts’ – at least in the spirit of being improvised spontaneously. I did not practice or pre-write anything, it was all written and recorded on-the-fly.

I set about stitching and massaging a few of these ‘loops’ using SoundForge software, then stem mixed the music and loaded it onto my DigiTech GNX4 workstation to write lyrics and record lead vocals.

In all my other releases, songs were honed and rehearsed, solos and lyrics and accompanying instrumentation were all developed over time and with lots of rehearsing before going to the studio to record.  But this release is just the opposite – improvised, on the spot, no do-overs, no punch-ins – just my inner voice saying “wow, this is a cool riff, I wonder what I can put with this” – and then getting lost adding, subtracting, layering and experimenting and fast filling up those memory ‘slots’on the JamMan.

I could say these songs are ‘accidental’, but I see all of my art as discoveries. I rarely ‘intend’ anything. My ‘artisan discipline’ is to grab the tools (guitar, paintbrush, pen, mouse, etc.) and let it come out of me – restricted by neither conscious effort nor aim for predicted result.

I also approach the creation of lyrics and vocal melody with this ‘hands-off’ approach. I first sing along to my song, not using words, just sounds and phonetics. Looking for vowels and unique syllable potentials, I record these mumblings onto one track and then study them for actual words that match. After finding those matches, I have a skeletal framework for what the message and balance of lyrics will elude to.

Often times, the sounds of the music will lead me to a ‘picture’ and I’ll write using phonetics towards the goal of ‘painting that sound picture with words’ – such as Mandolian Mirage, which sounded like a song about the desert to me or Jorie Green Thumb, whose sounds conjured images of my mom in her garden. Other times, there will be words that come to me during the initial recordings, as in Beyond My Back Door or Too Long Gone. When I listened to the music of Android Pageant, before it had that name, it sounded like a parade of robots to me, hence its name. And then there’s Quacky…

Whether I’m able to arrive at coherent or relevant musical/lyrical results is a risk I enjoy, especially in contrast to contrived process of theming intentionally.

I was really just noodling between songs in rehearsal when these nuggets presented themselves. No sophisticated equipment, just ‘one takes’ on a mono pedal recorder, stacked and layered in various combinations. I was ready to release this as an instrumental CD but my mom wanted to “hear me sing more” – and a few others who heard the first mixes confirmed mom’s advice. I am glad I listened to the counsel of my mentors – this was fun to write.

The title ‘IDIO’ came to me after studying a graphic I made using symbols for ‘record, play, repeat’ electronic buttons. I noticed the arrangement spelled IDIO – so I looked it up and it fits my approach to this release perfectly; distinctive, personal, unconventional, informal unique…

And for the gearheads (like me): At the time of this recording, I used one JamMan Solo pedal connected (fed) by the FX send of my mixer so that all channels going thru the mixer (voice, guitar, drums) could be sent to the looper and brought back into the sound system through a discreet channel on the board. I played my 1980’s Ovation Balladeer and Yamaha APX500II thru a 1980’s Boss GT3 multi-effects board. I also used a Tyler Mountain Ovation-style electric mandolin. I sang backing vocals and most chorus/looped lines thru an ATM73a Audio-Technica headset mic, the lead vocals were sung using the Shure SM57 (that I’ve had since high school) into the GNX4 – my mikes are routed thru a DigiTech Vocalist Live Pro harmonizer/effects unit. My mixer is a Yamaha MG82cx and my drums/percussion are played on a Yamaha DD-55 electronic kit. No drum machines, sequencers or synthesizers are used on this recording except for the use of my Godin Freeway SA synth guitar thru a Roland GR-20 for some additional sounds on ‘Jorie Green Thumb’.

I hope you enjoy the adventures collected here; my goal is to inspire others to tap into their own creative inclinations. Instead of waiting for expensive gear, big budgets, approval of others, or the time when everything is ‘just right’ – I purport an axiom relevant to this release:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
[T. Roosevelt] – in other words, act now – in word, deed, art, sight, sound or voice – the how is our choice.

CD Pre-Sale Link will be: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rejyna3

Rejyna will be touring to promote this album and the release of her DVD from the 2013 Looptober Tour.
Catch one of her shows:

10/10  – The Royal Room – 5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle , WA, 98118 – 8PM

10/11  – The Analog Cafe – 720 Southeast Hawthorne Bl., Portland, OR, 97214 – 5PM

10/12  – Milagros After Hours – 1465 Siskiyou Bl., Ashland, OR, 97520 – 9PM

10/19  – Tannery Arts Center – 1050 River St., Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 – 10PM

10/22  – DiPiazza’s – 5205 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA, 90804 – 6PM

 

rejyna.com – citadelband.com

Follow Rejyna on Facebook, ReverbNation, ArtistData, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and more.
All Content is c. Rejyna Douglass-Whitman/Citadel/Whitman Enterprises
Citadel is a Registered US Tradename, Used with Exclusive Permission

Rejyna at Y2K13 International Live Loop Fest | Looptober Tour 2013

Posted in acoustic, Boss Gt-3, Citadel, concert, Digitech Jamman Solo, drums, folkprog, Guitar, harmonizer, live looping, looper, loopfest, looping, Looptober, lyrics, music, progfolk, rejyna, Roland, solo, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman, y2k loopfest, yamaha with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by Citadel

Rejyna’s Looptober Tour Live from the Y2K13 International Live Loop Fest, Treasures Roadhouse, Watsonville, CA

Video cameras by Jazmyn Whitman and George Wiltshire. Edited by Jazmyn Whitman for Jazmyn Marie Media Services.

Thanks to Rick Walker and the Walker Family, all the volunteers at the Festival and Bourn Archer and Crew at Treasures Roadhouse.

Special Thanks To Rejyna’s Looptober Tour Kickstarter Backers:
Jim Ussery ~ Jazmyn Whitman ~ p ~ Creighton Freeman ~ Eric Clemens ~ Casey Piller ~ Paula Shepherd ~ Joy Greenberg ~ Midi Maniac ~ Lara Shema ~ Adrienne Gray ~ Joe Rollin Porter ~ Stephen Briggs ~ Ted Killian ~ Rhondalynn Brown ~ Billy Zenn ~ Marji Whitman ~ Mark Hosselton ~ Linda Harris ~ Christina Buck ~ Eric Ahlteen ~ Jeff Dalrymple ~ Rita Jones ~ Robert Wiese ~ Amy Lee ~ Ralph Denick ~ Marc Newton ~ Sherry Price ~ Bruce Peecher Jr.

Thanks To Those In Attendance, the Amazing International Community of Live Looping Artists (AICLLA), Rick Walker and Chris Wedertz, Bill Walker and Nancy Levan, Noah Peterson, Stephen Briggs, Hans Lindauer, Tim Minarchi, Amy Lee (ANI), John Connell, Maha Jumale Taitano, Kari Betush.

Extra special Loops of Love to my mom-n-daugher roadcrew: Marji and Jazmyn Whitman

Please support the Y2K Loopfest at http://y2kloopfest.com and Treasures Roadhouse @ http://treasuresroadhouse.com

More Info:
http://rejyna.com
http://cdbaby.com/artist/rejyna
http://reverbnation.com/rejyna
http://twitter.com/rejyna
http://facebook.com/rejynamusic
http://youtube.com/rejyna

Gear Geekery:
Audio-Technica ATM73a mic to Digitech Vocalist Live Pro to Yamaha MG82cx board – routed to looper thru board FX send –

Yamaha APX500II (or Ovation Balladeer) guitar to Boss GT3 to Yamaha MG82cx board – routed to looper thru board FX send –

Yamaha DD-55 electronic drums to Yamaha MG82cx board – routed to looper thru board FX send –

A single DigiTech JamMan Solo looper is used in this performance. The JamMan solo looper output is routed back into the MG82cx and sent to an ATM M3 IEM, and to the house board, as a premixed feed.

SETLIST:
By Design (Many Struggles)
In Wonder
Dreamworld
Happy Hands

All material written, arranged and performed by Rejyna. All Material is c. Rejyna and W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI) All Rights Reserved, Posted by Authors and Content Owners.

Booking Contact: citadel_1@msn.com

Citadel’s Rejyna at Romancing the Bean | Burbank Ladies Night Out

Posted in acoustic, Citadel, citadelband, citadelsongs, concert, drums, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, looper, looping, lyrics, music, rejyna, solo, Uncategorized, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by Citadel

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Every last Friday of the Month is Ladies Night Out in Burbank!  Featuring Live Music, Food Trucks, Discounts, Wine & Cheese, Henna, Local Artisans and More!

Rejyna performs a set from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. featuring her original songs and unique versions of her favorite cover songs.  Using state-of-the-art electronics, Rejyna creates ‘song paintings’ layered live while-you-watch.  Nothing is pre-recorded.  Using guitar, her voice and electronic percussion with harmonizers, loopers and effects, Rejyna creates the sound of a full band.  Her show is full of complex musical parts and four-part vocal harmonies and covers styles from folk to rock and beyond.  Rejyna is also part of the band, Citadel, who has been performing and recording since 1980.  She is a laid-back professional with a personable, humorous approach to inspiring and entertaining audiences and other performers.  She has also hosted various open mic nights in Ohio and California and enjoys encouraging new performers, both young and old, to get in on the fun of playing music and writing songs.  She teaches guitar and computer programs and enjoys working in print, film and video.

ROMANCING THE BEAN  3413 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91505 – (818) 845-2326

Here’s one of Rejyna’s songs ‘Many Struggles (By Design) performed at the Y2K13 International Live Looping Fest:

Here’s Rejyna’s version of ‘Old Fashioned-Love Song’ (by Paul WIlliams) using a midi guitar:

Here’s one of Rejyna’s original instrumental songs, ‘Happy Hands’:

Form More Info:
http://rejyna.com
http://cdbaby.com/artist/rejyna
http://romancingthebeancafe.com
http://ladiesnightoutburbank.com for more info.

Photo by Jazmyn Whitman – https://www.facebook.com/jazmynmariemedia

Rejyna Pho-King Valentines Show!

Posted in acoustic, art, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Digitech Jamman Solo, drums, folk, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, looper, looping, music, prog, progfolk, rejyna, solo, The Citadel, Uncategorized, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by Citadel

Citadel’s Rejyna Pho-King Awesome Valentines Show!  

Rock-Folk-Metal-Prog via Solo Voice, Guitar and eDrums:

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Using my voice, acoustic guitar, e-drums and some fun effects with live looping, I’ll serve up some soft and loud, folkish-rockish-prog-esque songs (with sprinkles of metal garnish) while you enjoy the excellent food and beverages at Pho-King. 

Wanna be my valentine? Can I persuade you with some live loops of love? Just give me a chance to win you over.  Or, better yet, bring your valentine date, or celebrate your ‘solo freedom’ while I solo it up on stage.

Great smoothies, sandwiches and soups with vegan, tofu, and meat options.

No Cover ~ All Ages ~ Good music, nice people, plenty of free parking, safe location!

http://www.reverbnation.com/rejyna
http://facebook.com/rejynamusic
http://rejyna.com/

“Many Struggles” by Rejyna at Treasures Roadhouse for the Y2K13 International Live Looping Festival.