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* ''Widow Wake My Mind''
 
* ''Widow Wake My Mind''
 
* [approximately 25 more songs]
 
* [approximately 25 more songs]
Demo sessions of new Billy Corgan compositions, recorded at Kerry Bown's Los Angeles studio. 54 songs were demoed in total, backed by Mark Tulin on bass and Kerry Brown on drums. While the songs would initially be performed with the short-lived Spirits In The Sky and Backwards Clock Society projects that summer, the best 44 of these 54 songs would form the basis of the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, including additional material written after this initial demo session.
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Demo sessions of new Billy Corgan compositions, recorded at Kerry Bown's Los Angeles studio. 54 songs were demoed in total, backed by Mark Tulin on bass and Kerry Brown on drums. While the songs would initially be performed with the short-lived Spirits In The Sky and Backwards Clock Society projects that summer, the best 44 of these 54 songs would form the basis of the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, including additional material written after this initial demo session.
[[File:Teargarden whiteboard.jpg|thumb|270x270px]] Hello from sunny California, where I'm currently working with some of my friends on new SP songs. The mood here is relaxed, serene, and studious as my pals are helping me with some TLC to zero-in on the new direction that I'm trying to take the music. I've made many, many mistakes through the years, and one of them is that I often rush headlong into my next album without really taking the time to reflect on what I've just done, and test my resolve a little on where I'm going. One small detail that I think was beneficial to the band in the early years was we practiced a lot. It wasn't uncommon to have weeks where we practiced 30+ hours, which may not sound like a lot but at high volume this was very fatiguing, and of course exciting too. Through all that playing you would easily come into contact with the emotional value of whether or not a song 'worked', so to speak. Add to that another 20-30 hours per week at home writing music and lyrics, and you can see I was very immersed in that process of checking my ideas between head, home, heart, and practice.
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[[File:Teargarden whiteboard.jpg|thumb|270x270px]]Hello from sunny California, where I'm currently working with some of my friends on new SP songs. The mood here is relaxed, serene, and studious as my pals are
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helping me with some TLC to zero-in on the new direction that I'm trying to
  +
take the music. I've made many, many mistakes through the years, and one of
  +
them is that I often rush headlong into my next album without really taking the
  +
time to reflect on what I've just done, and test my resolve a little on where
  +
I'm going. One small detail that I think was beneficial to the band in the
  +
early years was we practiced a lot. It wasn't uncommon to have weeks where we
  +
practiced 30+ hours, which may not sound like a lot but at high volume this was
  +
very fatiguing, and of course exciting too. Through all that playing you would
  +
easily come into contact with the emotional value of whether or not a song
  +
'worked', so to speak. Add to that another 20-30 hours per week at home writing
  +
music and lyrics, and you can see I was very immersed in that process of
  +
checking my ideas between head, home, heart, and practice.
   
 
Right now we are just focused on about 5 or 6 songs, using them to try out some
 
Right now we are just focused on about 5 or 6 songs, using them to try out some
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think will help keep me from losing my way in the evil forest. <ref>Billy Corgan, "A Message from Billy", smashingpumpkins.com, April 9, 2009</ref>
 
think will help keep me from losing my way in the evil forest. <ref>Billy Corgan, "A Message from Billy", smashingpumpkins.com, April 9, 2009</ref>
   
Though he has a house in Chicago, Corgan spends much of his time here at the pool house, crashing on the property of a friend, producer and drummer Kerry Brown — who happens to be former Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky’s ex-husband (neither Corgan nor Brown has talked to her since the late Nineties). Corgan is practically a member of the family: Brown’s kids call him Uncle Billy. “It’s a stable situation,” says Corgan. He goes to their basketball games, and they found his presence way more impressive after
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Though he has a house in Chicago, Corgan spends much of his time here at the pool house, crashing on the property of a friend, producer and drummer Kerry Brown — who happens to be former Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky’s ex-husband (neither Corgan nor Brown has talked to her since the late Nineties). Corgan is practically a member of the family: Brown’s kids call him Uncle Billy. “It’s a stable situation,” says Corgan. He goes to their basketball games, and they found his presence way more impressive after
 
his avatar appeared in <em>Guitar Hero</em>. At the moment, Corgan is staring at a white board leaning against a bookshelf, where he’s written 50 or so song titles in all-caps: “The Dauphine,” “As Rome Burns,” “Blurricane,” “Fate the Lonely Actor.” He composed and demo’ed all of these songs in the past few months, and has recorded and released two so far as free downloads: the epically Zeppelin-esque “A Song for a Son” and the baroque, liltingly poppy “Widow Wake My Mind.”
 
his avatar appeared in <em>Guitar Hero</em>. At the moment, Corgan is staring at a white board leaning against a bookshelf, where he’s written 50 or so song titles in all-caps: “The Dauphine,” “As Rome Burns,” “Blurricane,” “Fate the Lonely Actor.” He composed and demo’ed all of these songs in the past few months, and has recorded and released two so far as free downloads: the epically Zeppelin-esque “A Song for a Son” and the baroque, liltingly poppy “Widow Wake My Mind.”
   
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Return to [[Teargarden by Kaleidyscope/Oceania]]
 
Return to [[Teargarden by Kaleidyscope/Oceania]]
 
 
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