This is Natural was my creative music project inspired by the Southern Ontario music scene that produced Silverstein, Protest The Hero, Boys Night Out, and The Pettit Project. I recorded and played all the instrumentation, wrote the songs, and handled all the areas of production including the engineering, mixing and mastering.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Jan 19 2011
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Just for Fun
- Years together:
- 30 years
Members Of Band
MacBook Pro running Pro-Tools
ext.500 gig hard drive
Digi 002 Workstation
lots of plugins (incl. Waves, McDSP, iZotope)
Dynaudio BM5A Nearfield Monitors (x2)
KRK 10S Subwoofer
Avalon VT-737sp tube preamp, compressor, eq
Battery 3 Drum/Sample Matrix
Peavey XR560 Mixer
Peavey PV6 Mixer
Samson Q Tom (x3)
AKG K171 MKII
INSTRUMENTS, AMPS AND EFFECTS
Fender Precision Bass
Epiphone Les Paul
Greg Bennett Samick
Oscar Schmidt Washburn
Art & Lutherie Acoustic
Line 6 Pod X3 Amp/Cab Simulator (incl. Marshall, Vox)
Digitech RP200 Multi-Effects Pedal & Drum Machine
Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler
KORG MS2000 synthesizer/midi controller
Native Instruments (incl. Massive, FM8)
Peavey TLS Live Monitors (x2)
Peavey Supreme Amp
Behringer BG412F Ultra Stack
The Guy Girls Talk To
The Guy Girls Talk ToI once knew this girl who said she needed to talk and, like a sucker, I answered without thinking twice. Three times, four times a day, she'd call me up to say her boyfriend made her sadder than she was yesterday. We would talk for hours through the night. I thought that maybe, one day, we'd get together. Don't be "the guy girls talk to," because you'll never live it down. That girl will never respect you enough to want to date. Don't let her sadness fool you when she promises you'll be in her future. You'll be regretting that day when it comes. It came to a surprise when you left me for the very guy you said, "I can't be around you anymore." I was crushed and brokenhearted was an understatement for the way you came and devastated my heart into dust and debris. All our talks that lasted through the night never ended. That's why I wanted you. written and performed by Drew Howard for "This is Natural" recorded and mixed by Scott Komer in December 2010
It's Not Too Late
It's Not Too LateI used to have problems with social rituals that did nothing but emphasize my fears and total insecurities representing myself as being over-emotional and snobby, when you meet that someone that you care about. Things have a way of working out those kinds of connections that I need to make. I was in the right place at the right time when fate opened its door. I've got the key. It's not too late for you and me. My biggest problem is I've always had a lot of security with no one to protect. By the time we discover what we've been missing, we'll be asking ourselves "What was the point of waiting?" written and produced by Drew Howard from the "Unfinished Business" EP
Less Talking, More Walking
Less Talking, More WalkingWhen you disappear and commit yourself to drowning in your doubts, Baby, I'm not about masking the truth only to save you. I won't ever be affected by your paranoid thoughts. I'd rather a whole lifetime alone casting away the stones, contemplating why I walked with pride right out of your life. There's no place I'd rather be, and no one else I'd rather see. The love I chose to give to you was my most precious gift. Maybe you'll respect my wishes leaving with unfinished business after I drifted away. I'm prepared for what's to come. I can't rest 'til my work is done, and I can see the worst in everyone. My defensive side rejects any attempts of stirring up feelings that I'm not good enough, contrary to what you are thinking. I'll get by reminding myself that I will not die failing to have not even tried. I'll sleep at night renouncing your oversight. I can see the flaws in you. Less talking, more walking. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "Unfinished Business" EP
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!Oh, the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful and since we've no place to go let it snow! let it snow! let it snow! Girl, it doesn't show signs of stopping and I've brought me some corn for popping. The lights are turned way down low. Let it snow! Let it snow when we finally kiss goodnight. Girl, I hate going out in the storm. But if you'll really hold me tight all the way home, I'll be warm. The fire is slowly dying, and, my dear, we're still goodbye-ing. But as long as you love me so, let it snow! produced and engineered by Drew Howard for "This is Natural"
Singular DevotionI get overwhelmed by emotions from the girls who can't think rational, it's true. I don't like to lose and I'll always play my cards right. Before you came along, I was used to the girls who had major liabilities. You attracted me like a magnet for being so different. True love is a lot like a locomotive that tends to flatten anything that gets in its way. A singular devotion that, time and time again, has been tested-- all the obstacles faced yet never let stand in our way. We're outta control and you're not like the other girls. Underneath the surface, I'm a guy who connects the dots and colours outside the lines of love at the same time. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
Making Love Worth It
Making Love Worth ItDid you get my message on your phone? I wanted to know if I'm alone or are you still someone that I can rely on? There's nobody else. I'll never lose track of that or turn my back on you. I just need to know you understand what bothers me is an image in my mind of you getting by fine without me. Show me otherwise. I'm sorry for placing emphasis on what you're thinking. I'll always keep your best interest on my mind, until the next time. I want to believe I get it now. Thanks for making love worth it. I'm ready to show the love you deserve and be on the same page. You tell me you're not the type of chick to up and leave and that you're someone I can trust. If you're being honest, nothing will change except you'll be stronger, so will we, and I'll finally be free. I know I'm totally selfish when it comes down to you and getting my way every time I tell you how you filled my life with light. Every night, I lock myself up and dream I can see the light. (I wish that I could read your mind and soak in your knowledge. I want to live there. I'm not afraid. You're a girl that makes love forgiving.) written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
Something to Live For (What I Want)
Something to Live For (What I Want)I used to believe people's appearances and I played along with them, but appearances can be deceiving, and by believing, I was only deceiving myself. Haven't met another girl who could challenge, both equally, your personality and your beauty. The most exciting thing that's happened to me. What I want, simply, is the chance to see you smile again. What can I say? You wear it well. I've gotta have something to live for. Chemistry is tricky and never quite as it seems. There's so much I wanted to share with you. So when you see me, I'll be looking for more than what everyone else sees. I've got a lot of catching up to do on you and me, and I've been working on the gentle art of listening. I've got a lot of catching up to do on our chemistry. Now I know what I stand for. (I hope you'll do the same.) I know much better than I did before. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
A Relationship With You
A Relationship With YouI would love to build a relationship with you based on something real. I'm the type of guy who appreciates what he has to offer, and the most important thing, whatever I say is meant for you and you alone. I would not treat you any differently and certainly not less than I know you deserve. Sometimes when people have feelings for one another, things have a way of getting out of hand. Commitment takes working on to be in perfect balance. We could find our spark. I'd rather be here with you following our hearts. I don't kiss and tell or talk about my conquests, and I've always had control of my emotions. Communication with you is always poetry in motion. All I'm after is a meaningful connection. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
Melanie's Songwritten and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
Different DirectionsThis time, you'll me applying a more direct approach to leading from my heart. I'll do anything to make your path back a little more easy. (Different Directions.) Whatever it takes to bring you closer. It's the same love, just a less complicated road. Why else do you think I was falling all apart this whole time without you? For never sharing with you my feelings. Although we've gone our different directions, seeing you again ignited an old flame. My feelings still remain unchanged. I let my guard down. Parting is such sweet sorrow, and so surreal at the same time, when you believe in predetermined destiny. Timing's all that matters when distance is involved. What's distance, really? Why's it try to tell us who to see, especially if it pays no mind when things are supposed to be? (I'll never stray or let my map dictate who it thinks that I should love, when the people I love most live far away. With my entire life finally beginning, I feel more inspired to explore love's burning fire.) (I never turned my back on you.) written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
Even If You Cross the Line
Even If You Cross the LineRemember the time we walked McCraney? You were warned that sunny summer day. The level of attention that you think I required from the start was clear like a blue sky. She'll claim her friends see the worst in you, and you'll own your part of the blame. If you brought on the downpour, would she bring in the lightning, and could she even weather the storm? April, May through July. See right through her lies. Don't let her be the first one to leave. When summer ends, leaves will fall and you weren't the same girl, at all. In the end, I lost you to your friends. She'll promise to never leave, even if you cross the line. Summer went, October then November. You lied to me that sunny summer day. You showed me your intentions and backed up my desires, but seasons change and now I stand alone. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
UnattainableIn a far away land of Northern Ontario, I would dream of a Princess with an image of royalty and nobility and an army of Monsters that stand in my way of finding that Princess I knew I'd run into one day. The illusory idea that you're unattainable isn't even fathomable. There's nobody in my way this time. I gotta be honest, I didn't fall for you right away. It was up in the air 'til we exchanged our first words. You were so sweet, so kind. I thought one day that I'd make you mine. Hail to the Princess who won my heart. You won it being sweet by nature. Your nature is the key to my heart. You won it from the start being sweet by nature. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
That Kind of Love
That Kind of LoveI'm not gonna pretend that I know how you feel, but there's something I believe in so strongly that the verdict is in, and if loving you is wrong, then I guess I'm guilty. Public enemy number one. I've been giving you time apart from me. My calendar's filled up with exes. The weeks turned in to months and months in to years. Finally, I'm taking on my fears. One thing that I know is I never stopped caring for you. I don't want to turn my back on that kind of love. The kind that has so much momentum it takes on a life of its own. Own that kind of love. Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, you had to walk in mine with your beautiful dramatic presence that caught my eye. Romance is all well and good for the film. Just as soon as Hollywood beckoned, I answered my call and that calling was you. Finally, I'm taking on the truth. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "I'm STILL Hoping" Album
The Mad Scientist
The Mad ScientistIf you ask what love means to a Mad Scientist, he'll laugh right in your face. What do you think drove him mad in the first place? You didn't have to leave so quickly and so swiftly, perfect looking, with amazing disgrace. (I just couldn't bring myself to see your face.) Dismembered limbs and other organs too. Machines that electrify fill up the entire room. (Bad blood:) a history that's stained on my lab coat. I'm like the Mad Scientist. I'll build you up then tear you apart. (Perfection.) I'll work through dawn engineering my Frankenstein Bride. You were my favourite creation worth winning the Nobel Prize or, at least, a Science Fair. You are my vision of total bliss; a culmination of my life's work spent alone in cemeteries. written and produced by Drew Howard from the EP "A Demonstrated Chemical Imbalance"
Safety NetDrop down the anchor. Casting out my fishing line into the water baited with a fly. (Reel in my suitors.) I'll skin you alive and plaque you on my wall. The dating scene is unforgiving. Millions of fish would rather date someone who's shared (their mind) their body. It's lonely in the sea. It's not a coincidence how they will all leave me and return in the blink of an eye. Walking on the tightrope over man-eating sharks to say that they don't love me, and I'm feeling that's okay to them. Just as long as they're expecting to hit the ground when they fall. I shouldn't have to be their safety net. You're pretty brave unloading your cargo at my harbour (two years after) you set sail and made it harder for me to trust another girl. Maybe it's time to walk the plank and sleep with the fishes in your underwater grave. The wool is getting worn out from catching you all the time. (Disaster will hit hard on the pavement main stage floor.) written and produced by Drew Howard from the EP "A Demonstrated Chemical Imbalance"
Love will have to Wait
Love will have to WaitIt must be the weather because, now that it's summer, she wants to get together with me. The distance between us doesn't seem to phase her. Darling, love will have to wait until a more appropriate time. Why couldn't you show me a couple of months ago that you were down with us getting together? Instead, you were stuck up (and payed no mind) to my interest in you (and making you mine.) I don't deserve this. I've lost that feeling anyway for you. It's just a summer thing, after all. Your feelings for meant nothing at all. Summer's ending and you're nowhere to be found. Remember the time I invited you to see my favourite band with me, and you promised to dress your best and meet my friends? I'll take you out, and we'll hold hands. You said yes; you had no right to change your mind. It didn't even matter that I loved you because we were through; you cut me loose. All of a sudden, I can't keep you (away from me.) written and produced by Drew Howard from the EP "Inspired by the Intensity of the Fire"
Did You Learn Anything
Did You Learn AnythingWas it last night that you said to me you wanted me to go into your dorm? My mind was racing and I was no match for the way you insisted. I would've been crazy if I didn't. You caught me off my guard when you said to me you didn't feel the same as before. I wasn't phased, at the time, and I let you notice, but as I watched you get around, it left me brokenhearted. Did you learn anything from our relationship (ending?) Could you let me know so I can move on, from this sorrow, to a different girl? Was there something that I could have done? Would there have been more reason to stay if I would've made you? Sometimes, I feel like walking right on to the Gardiner, all the same, trading one Hell for another more personal one. written and produced by Drew Howard from the EP "Inspired by the Intensity of the Fire"
No Means Never
No Means NeverCan we try to make things better when your yes means no and your no means never? I finally got the nerve to ask you if you wanted to go out with me and you said yes, and you were waiting for this moment since we met. I was excited for the next day that you had no plans. I felt like I did on birthday mornings, later like a spoiled kid who's always throwing a stupid tantrum because he never got what he thought he was entitled to. When that morning came, things weren't the same for you. This was news to me. This could be our new beginning together. If you'd allow me, I'd like to ask you what went wrong and why'd you break our plans? Imagine how it felt when I learned the hard way. Replaying that memory, and still, it haunts me. To this day, I'm still wondering why'd this have to go down this way? This isn't a video game; you can't just start over. You can't run away from your problems, and you'll always go back where you came from. written and produced by Drew Howard from the EP "Inspired by the Intensity of the Fire"
Every Dream Has a Price
Every Dream Has a PriceDid you ever have one of those days where you wish you could turn back time? I'd go back to the day I knew in my heart that I wanted to make a connection. Why don't you and I keep Paris for another weekend and do something a little more local? Always at the risk of sounding eager, over-anxious, overwhelmed. Attachment isn't love, it's only self-importance, give her love. Every dream has a price to pay for doing what's right. Took my space to spend the time to show you that you're worth that price. My feelings for you didn't happen overnight, we had to go our separate ways. I was thinking of you the entire time we spent apart. I implore you, don't think for one second that I didn't care for you, I did then and I still do. Patience taught me, crystal clear, that the fight you make when you find someone deserving of a unique love that requires less attention means more than constant messaging at inappropriate hours. Spending time with you will be that much more priceless. written and produced by Drew Howard from the "Unfinished Business" EP
Cooking By The Book - LazyTown (Cover)
Cooking By The Book - LazyTown (Cover)I recorded, engineered and mixed all the instrumentation for this cover. I did all the voice acting. No samples or voices from the original were used to enhance this cover. Original version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD71JeX4Vk0
I'm Still Hoping (demo)
I'm Still Hoping (demo)I had it all planned out. Slowly, it became my downfall. First thing's first, let's break the ice so I can get to know your name. (Then write it down a hundred times?) Circle it, but underline I think for now we'll stay friends, so we'll be better off in the end. I don't want to share you. I never did play well with others. From the first moment that I met you, I hoped I'd make you make, but it wasn't the time. My golden find, I thought that if I ever lost you, I'd slowly lose my mind. When we know that day comes, we'd have followed all the signs. I've exhausted (everyone) told me I was hoping myself six feet underground by dedicating all my sound to proclaiming my love and jumpstarting this life anew. (We never dated.) That's my fault... Letting you go over-waited. I guess I could have made an effort. I'm still hoping that one day we'll open up and discover what we've both been missing out on. Before you're just a memory, we should get together. written, produced, and engineered by Drew Howard for "This is Natural"