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  Rehearsals have been replaced by interweb videos being exchanged, phone calls and weekend get-togethers.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.

Rock in the New Year – Part Deux | Kessler Mansion New Year Gig Changes!

Party Bitches
Let's rock this mug, eh?
Oh loyal Botons, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. Bad news first:

As of about 5:30 pm today (Friday), we were informed that the Kessler Mansion/Hollywood NYE party would either need to be moved or cancelled due to some last-minute zoning issues that arose between the event organizers and the Kessler Mansion owner. We were as surprised as you are, no doubt. We can assure you that the issues were unforeseen and far beyond the control of your old friends, BoTo, Mardelay, DJ OhBeOne and friends. But, we were not about to let you down…or let you ring in the New Year without a little BoTo. So before we get to the good part, let’s take care of business first. Here’s the deal with the Kessler Mansion show:

– The show at the Kessler Mansion has been cancelled.
– Refunds will be processed through the Event Brite site and will be processed tonight (Friday night) and according to Event Brite, refunds may take up to 4 days to process depending on your financial institution.
– We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

So, that’s the bad news. The good news is that, we tried our best not to let you down. Our offices full of staff (that’s a massive exaggeration) have been working since we got the word to make sure that we could offer the BoTo loyal another good party alternative and a little BoTo. So…here’s what we’ve got!!!

We were able to track down (through some good old BoTo faithful) some of the fine folks that are hosting the Masquerade Ball downtown at Union Station. They were kind enough to find a home for us performing between 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Here are the details on this one:

– Tickets are NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC…but, organizers have held a limited number of tickets for anyone that wants to come to see Borrow Tomorrow.
– Tickets are available at the door, for $49.00 (cash or charge), but you have to mention that you’re coming to see BoTo to get access to the tickets set aside.
– Tickets include access to the party hosted by Dave Smiley, costume contests (with cash prizes), door prizes, face painting, a magician and in addition to Borrow Tomorrow, a number of other great bands!
– Unlike the Kessler party, the Masquerade Ball does not include drinks or food. However, the Masquerade Ball will offer reasonably priced drinks. We hear that food will not be available, so you’ll need to feast on BoTo.
– Learn more about the Masquerade Ball here.

Seriously, as much as we hate that there was a change in plans and we do apologize sincerely on behalf of all involved, we wanted to be sure that if you wanted to party, that we’d be there to help you. We’d love to see you there and want to thank you for a great 2011 and here’s hoping that we’ll be able to kick 2012 off on the right foot with you!!

P.S. Our set will be badass.

Boto Party Bus to Chicago

Magical Mystery Tour
Dying to take you away, take you today. Note: Actual bus will most certainly differ from psychadelic MMT bus. We apologize in advance.

On Saturday, March 20, Borrow Tomorrow will take the stage at one of Chicago’s most famous venues–the Double Door–and we want you to be there!

So we’ve come up with an idea to encourage our always supportive Indianapolis-area fans to join us–a chartered party bus to and from the event.

Let me say it again. A chartered party bus. One more time. Party. Bus.

Here are the awesome details. A ticket gets you the following:

-A seat on the bus (of course, with all the dancing you’ll be doing, we make no promises that you actually use it)
-Beer and Beverage during the ride
-Admission to the Double Door for the show and the pre-party with the band in the DD Dirt Room
-A sweet Boto t-shirt to mark the occasion
-One hell of a good time

How much? $40 per person. Hang on, before you say “cheese and rice–that’s a lot,” think about it. Gas to and from Chicago alone would cost upwards of 40 bucks (and if you’re driving yourselves you’re certainly not partying), no hotel necessary, your $8 admission to the DD is comped, throw in a killer t-shirt, and all the beer and cocktails on the bus you can handle! That, my friends, is a steal.

Now, we’ve crunched the numbers (well, we didn’t personally because we can’t really count that high), and we need 50 PEOPLE on board to make it happen.

To help facilitate and gauge interest, we’ve created a Facebook group. We want you to join and tell your friends about it (and have them join, too!) as a sign of interest on your part! If the numbers are there, we will then contact you (unobtrusively, we promise) to follow up. If you’re not a Facebooker but want to say, “Hey guys–I’m in,” shoot one of us an email. I’ll nominate myself (chris@borrowtomorrowband.com) and Andrew (andrew@borrowtomorrowband.com).

Our cut-off date is March 7 so please, don’t hesitate. Start spreading the word immediately. We adore our Indy faithful and WANT YOU IN CHICAGO ON THE 20TH!

Nashville, You’re Slipping Right through My Fingers

A shot from the road and a lyric from a song: "Throw my ticket out the window" -Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" courtesy of Nashville Skyline

By now, many of you loitering next to the Facebook water cooler may have stumbled across a new Borrow Tomorrow video and song, but for those that haven’t, here’s the scoop.

As we’re telling anyone who’ll listen, the boys headed down to Nashville, TN, to record four new tunes for an upcoming release. The trip itself was a fairly no-nonsense, down-to-business affair, but it definitely made for a cool experience as it’s always a pleasure to spend time in a professional recording atmosphere. In hindsight, the process was such a whirlwind it seemed that by the time we’d caught our breath we’d returned to the circle city with little to show for our efforts but bags under our eyes and a case of H1N1 (is that still around?).

I set out to try to document the event in song. Though inspired by our journey down I-65, the tune grew into something more: a tale about searching for what makes one happy, and the hope that somewhere down the road he’ll find what’s missing. In our case, we’re just a band trying to make good music and share it with the people we love. And in the event you’re wondering, I really did spend our only night there stretched out on the floor. Hope you enjoyed the couch, Robert.

So please watch, listen, and enjoy:

Also, for those of you who have already, we thank you, but all we ask is that if you enjoyed this video, share it with your friends! Post it to your facebook/twitter/myspace or even send an old-fashioned e-mail to some folks you think would dig it as well.

Chris