The Long and Winding Songwriting Process

Howdy friends…

So my good friend and, well, brother…Robert stopped by last week to work on a couple of new ideas for songs.  Let me bring you up to speed for those of you that haven’t been following us since 2007…

Two Roberts is better than one.

Two Roberts is better than one.

Usually, up until now, this is how the songwriting process for our band works:

  1. Chris and/or Robert come up with an idea for a song.
  2. Chris and/or Robert complete the idea and present it to the band.
  3. We all get together and hammer out structure, transitions, solos, placement of sexy kicks, etc.
  4. Once the idea has been completed, Chris puts lyrics to it and well…then we’ve got ourselves a hit song now!!

Life changes though and while world domination for our band at this point is eminent and nearly within reach, the way that we are writing songs, has well…changed…dramatically.

Songwriting has become a team effort, a collaborative endeavor in which we are all pushing the limits of our comfort zones to see what kind of dog shit we can sprinkle a little BoTo upon to parlay into a song that will afford us new opportunities!  Instead of waiting for someone else to show up with some new ideas, we’re all working on ideas.  We’ll see where it takes us, but at press time, we’ve got about twelve brand-spanking new ideas that we’re cooking up.  The songwriting collaborations are helping us to explore some new avenues that before, would have remain untouched. Cue inappropriate comparison photos…

Inappropriate comparison 1.

Inappropriate comparison 1.

Supplement to inappropriate comparison 1.

Supplement to inappropriate comparison 1.

Beginning of something incredible?

Beginning of something incredible?

We know these guys were good, eh?

We know these guys were good, eh?

We’ll keep you posted on the progress.  As the title here would suggest, this process is a long one.  Even longer than before as we all work on and share ideas.  Rehearsals have been replaced by interweb videos being exchanged, phone calls and weekend get-togethers.  We have also learned that we enjoy videotaping ourselves singing, dancing like idiots and sharing the occasionally funny picture, as seen below.

We make dumb even easier than it should be.

We make dumb even easier than it should be.

Stay tuned, share with your friends.  And again, for those of you that haven’t been with us since the beginning, here’s an opportunity to get caught up

Andrew

Queen Latifah

So, as we continue to navigate the depths of social media, music, the interweb and God knows what else it takes to get people to listen to our music…we stumbled across this little gem on our SoundCloud account.

She's badass.

She’s badass.

We did this whole band thing backwards.  Start a band, write some songs and hope that people like you.  Five years down the road, we’ve got some pretty hot and sexy music, but have just now scratched the surface as to what it’s really going to take to hit the masses, share our masterpieces and eventually conquer our goals of world domination.

We figured this was a step in the right direction.

Thanks Queen Latifah.  You’re one bad Larry.

You idiot

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This is classic!

Originally posted on littlegreybox:

Monster 5Hindsight, it’s a beautiful thing. I like to think we all learn from our past mistakes and keep what we’ve learned in mind at all times to help us avoid issues in the future. Unfortunately, when you’re running 30 minutes late for work, haven’t slept properly for weeks and are in the middle of a catatonic-rendering juice cleanse, hindsight goes right out the window. That’s when bad things start to happen. You’re going along, happy as Larry, next thing you know you’re halfway through packing up your house only to realise you don’t have enough boxes to pack things in! Crap! Cue a mercy dash to Fort Knox Storage.

Recently Matt, in a state of sleep-deprivation and hunger, accidentally (and permanently) deleted a 30 minute video of Brisbane’s annual Riverfire fireworks spectacular. His devastation got me thinking about the vile, stomach-turning moment when you realise you’ve done something really stupid. Here…

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An Oldie but a Goodie

While we’re busy writing some new music, we don’t want to disappear from the face of the planet.

Speaking of disappearing from the face of the planet…has anyone seen this?  Some of the most spectacular abandoned places in the world.  Incredibly interesting.

Anyway, I digress.

We’ve played a few shows, had a few laughs over the past few years and we wanted to share them.  We were saving this for a rainy day.  While (at least where we’re at) it’s not raining so much.  In fact, we’re looking at about 8 inches of snow on the ground on our way to 10 or 12.

Speaking of which…I have seen more pictures of grocery stores and empty bread aisles in the past 24 hours than I can ever remember.  Please, explain this craze to me.

I digress again…

Here’s a video of our song “Shy Away.”  We recorded this song in Nashville at the SAE studios with our good friend Kyle Ferguson along with the help of Brett Baird.  We knocked this thing out in about two days and had an absolute blast doing it.  The trip and recording sessions also served as inspiration for our song “Nashville” which was later to be recorded for Too Far to Feel

Anyway…enough dilly dally.  Here it is.  Enjoy and as usual, please feel free to share, but only if you like it.

Last Year Meets Next Year…

Well, for starters, hello. We’ve missed you. Hopefully the feeling is mutual.  Embarrassingly it’s been a year since we last took to the interweb and wrote a blog.  Seriously – what the hell were we doing?

Let’s recap this past year.

  • We played the Vogue Nightclub in January – huge crowd.  Robert brought lamps.
  • We played a few shows here and there, kicked some holes in walls, you know.  The usual band stuff.
  • Always a pleasure to visit our good friends at Indy In-Tune.  We like that Darin fella…who by the way is like the equivalent of the Indy music Pope.  Anyone he doesn’t know in this town? (We’ll get to working on the Pope graphics – standby for that).
  • Had the great pleasure of playing the wedding for a couple of long time fans and friends.  Oh yeah, we discovered Vine that night too.
  • Radio Radio was on our list of stops – we like that place.  We traded in our lamps for trophies.
  • We lost and found Robert.
  • Introduced BoTo to the world of Bloomington, IN by playing one lovely night at the Bluebird.  Nice town ya got there Hoosiers.
  • Bloomington was good to us – we played a couple numbers for The Weekly Special
  • Chris got engaged.  Meow.
  • Shawn gets the award for wearing our favorite gig shirt of the year.
  • We played the First Friday Food Truck Festival at the Old National Centre, had a blast and more or less tried to figure out what the hell we wanted to do with this band. Oh yeah…we made more Vines too.

What can we learn by digesting all of above info?  You guessed it – you picked the dumbest band in the world like!  We’re thrilled you did though.  So what does that hold in store for us for 2014?

Well, if history tells us anything, it would say that we typically follow-up long periods of down time taking a look backwards, trying to figure out why our music doesn’t automatically make itself famous (seriously, isn’t there some kind of Google inspired famous-making machine for bands yet?).  We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how hard being in a band is, how hard it is to make it happen and you know what?  It is hard.  But do you know what else?  It’s a privilege…and we are so grateful for the things that we have done.  And…

We’re excited for what’s yet to come.  So what should you expect out of your favorite foursome in 2014?  Expect us to be interested in today.  Expect us to care about the present and not the things behind us.  Expect us to be funnier.  Expect us to be around more.  Expect us to be listening to and interacting with you…after all, we have you to thank for all of this.

Have a great New Year.  We look forward to seeing you.

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: 1/18/13 at the Vogue

The boys of Boto want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Once you’ve recovered from your turkey-induced slumber, be thankful there’s another chance to see Borrow Tomorrow at the Vogue in Broad Ripple just over the horizon!

Friday, January 18, Borrow Tomorrow will anchor another awesome night of great music at Broad Ripple’s venerable Vogue Theater. We’re thrilled to share the stage with our very good friends the Jeremy Vogt Band and Jenn Cristy. Tickets are $10 at the door, but don’t wait ’til then. You can buy them from any band member at a discounted price of $7, or online by visiting this website.

It’s always a great night when we are lucky enough to take the stage in Indianapolis in front of our incredible friends and supportive fans. Let’s do it again on 1/18!

Borrow Tomorrow - The Vogue - Indianapolis - 1.18.13

Anatomy of an Album: A Look Inside ‘Too Far to Feel’ [VIDEO]

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Kyle and Chris tell each other hilarious jokes while listening to playback during recording sessions for “Too Far to Feel.”


 

“For me, that was always the goal.”

–Robert Newport, on recording the full-length album

Bands become bands for one reason–to create and share music. Well, maybe “Girls” are another reason. “Dreams of world-wide stardom” is probably up there, too. Ok, fine. There are plenty of reasons, but our goals have always been modest, if not always quantifiable. Our love for writing and performing our music is second only to the gratification that comes from sharing it with our friends, families, and fans.

Too Far to Feel didn’t happen overnight, not by a long stretch. The project humbly began with a handful of new songs, and soon the vision took shape. Over a year later, we held in our hands what we could only imagine since Borrow Tomorrow first jammed in late 2006–our first real album.

For the first time, we’d like to invite the public to check out this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video that catalogs our recording process, from the early song-writing sessions, to the final take, and everything in between.

We like to refer to this as our story, and we invite you to find your place in it:

 

 

 

Get your copy of Too Far to Feel right here.

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