Douglas Warden is currently performing solo musical events with his acoustic guitar. Doug's two greatest passions are performing live music, (both covers and original works) and spending time in the studio recording original music. He is currently finishing work on the new solo CD project titled: Month Of The Lion:Year Of The Worm.Douglas Warden is a proud member of both ASCAP and The Songwriter's Guild Of America.
Music Sample: Just Say "I Do" (Wedding Song) -----> Single - (c) 2003
Douglas Warden began his musical escapades with piano lessons and singing in his church choir. When he was a freshman in High School Doug caught the "rock & roll bug." He has been singing, playing and performing in and out of rock & roll bands in the Maryland area since 1980.
"I started out in the David Howe Band just playing bass guitar. I did that without singing a note for about two years or so. Then one practice the lead singer was having trouble hitting some of the notes on a song we were fooling around with so I stepped in and nailed them. By the time that band broke up I was switching off singing and bass duties with the lead singer as neither of us could do both at the same time."
Throughout the 1980's and 1990's Doug played in a number of local Baltimore bands primarily as a freelance lead vocalist and/or bass player. In 1997 Doug joined a band called Shot Tower; that morphed into a band called 9K9, that morphed even further into a band called Outerloop. It is with Outerloop that Doug wrote and recorded his first CD titled "Visions of a Roadside Pariah." This recording project which began in 1998 was finally completed in the year 2000.
"I have a strong affection for my first CD. Its like your first child. You always have this special connection to projects like that. Some members in the band were not to terribly fond of it at the time, but I still put on the CD and listen to it. Outerloop performs songs from it as do I with my solo bit. I still get a great deal of positive feedback about that work."
In 2005 the rock group Outerloop started its second musical project titled 'All Saints On Monday." Unlike their first work "Visions of a Roadside Pariah," "All Saints on Monday" content is more of a joint creative writing effort with Outerloop.
" 'All Saints' is different from 'Visions' in that it is more of a true band effort. It was important to the group from the beginnings of that project that we do a real group project...not just another batch of Doug Warden songs to be done by the band. The songs were recorded in the studio with Outerloop members actually playing with each other in the studio, as opposed to just having one member lay down track upon track like we did with the first Outerloop recording project."
Prior to the mixing of "All Saints On Monday" Douglas had been recording a number of original songs rejected by the creative processes of Outerloop. It is from this backlog of songs that Doug's solo project "Month of the Lion: Year of the Worm" is being created.
"I have been recording at Green Hill Studios since the completion of "Visions Of A Roadside Pariah" and I have never really stopped. I would say that three quarters of the music that I write is out of format for Outerloop... but it needs to go somewhere. I would think that with a little luck and some hard work the 'Month of the Lion: Year of the Worm' solo project should be completed sometime in 2010."
Since the start of his current solo project back in 2005, Doug Warden has emphatically denied any insinuation that work on any solo project indicates dissatisfaction with his band Outerloop.
"I know for a fact that Charlie, John, and Nate all support my solo work 100%. Good portions of the songs that will be on the solo CD are not even possible without contributions from other Outerloop members. 'Month of the Lion: Year of the Worm' should more exactly be called an out-of-band-format-project because that's really what it is. Outerloop is currently beginning work on a third CD project and I'm very excited to be working on a third band CD."
In March of 2008 Douglas finished work on a song titled, The Ballad Of Bill O'Reilly (No Spin Zone)
"The Ballad Of Bill O'Reilly (No Spin Zone) is a satirical song that is based upon the The O'Reilly Factor which is a show on Fox News. I wrote this song using the 'natural rock' sound from the late sixties and early seventies. This would include such bands as: America, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, etc. That style of music sounds very Californian and politically left-wing to me. I would be willing to bet that most of members of the bands that participated in that musical genre are probably NOT big fans ofThe O'Reilly Factor. (That's why I thought it would be amusing.)
You have hired the company Tonal-Vision to complete a video of the song. "Bachelor's Lament (Since 'She' Came Along.)" Why are you going through so much expense to shoot a video for your website and eventually You Tube?
I believe that anything an artist does that has a lasting quality to it needs to be done professionally. Tonal-Vision is a video production company that is based in Fells Point in Baltimore. I feel that they can help me make a quality video. In my opinion the distribution method is really inconsequential.
How in the world did you convince a nationally renown artist like Fred Calleri to do the artwork for your CD project, Month Of The Lion: Year Of The Worm?
Fred and I were in art class together in Towson High School back in 1980 or 81. Fred and I reconnected on Facebook and I just asked him if he would consider doing a painting for the CD cover. Fred has been a graphic artist for many, many years asked me if I wanted him to do the whole thing. (Every now and again....you catch a break.)
How is the disbanding of Outerloop going to affect you or your music?
I'm going to finish up my solo CD, Month Of The Lion : Year Of The Worm. Both Charlie and John are appearing on that CD playing on different tracks. I am hoping to get all ex-Outerloop members on the CD, but I don't know if that is going to happen. Over time I have taken great pains to insulate myself in the unfortunate event of a band break-up. This will not stop me from playing or writing music. I'm taking a wait-and-see approach to the whole matter. There are no hard feelings here.
On your site you mention that you have started a new CD project. What is this all about?
The new cd is titled, Magic In A Music Store. It is a CD about music and the music industry. Month Of The Lion:Year Of The Worm was supposed to be a double CD based upon all the original music that was rejected by Outerloop as being out of format. I decided that the music for that double cd fell into two main categories: a life retrospective and music. I decided to simply make this into two cd projects. Month Of The Lion:Year Of The Worm's narrative and mastering are currently being finished. It only makes sense to start the second project since the songs have already been written.
Warden Songs World:
In an effort to allow for greater exchange between Douglas Warden and the people who frequent his web site, Mr. Warden has set up his own blog titled, "Warden Songs World."
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12/13/10- The cover for the CD, Month Of The Lion:Year Of The Worm has been completed by Fred Calleri.
01/20/11- The rock group Outerloop finally gives up the ghost. After months of non-practice and group communication the band
Outerloop was finally disbanded via e-mail exchange on Wednesday night . Charles Fuller stated, " I think going forward I'd really like to keep things flexible...I don't see a good future for the band as it was." In part of the same e-mail thread Douglas Warden stated, " I'm disappointed...but not surprised." Nathan Betz added that, "I would like to keep playing if possible but as busy as 'life' is not sure how realistic that is for everyone." John Powers had stated to the group that he wanted to have a band meeting to discuss all of this in person. As of 01/22/11, no specific date has been set for that meeting.
02/13/11- The last tracks for the Month Of The Lion:Year Of The Worm CD project were recorded at Green Hill Studio. The remaining mixing and mastering work on this CD will completed at Omega Studios in Rockville.
03/13/11- At Green Hill Studio: The first song of Douglas Warden's second solo CD Project, Magic In A Music Store began today with work on the song titled, My Sound. Scrap guitar track was laid down with scrap drum tracks.
04/10/11- At Green Hill Studio this morning: The song, Magic In A Music Store was resurrected from an old 2005 session. This song was completed prior to the Outerloop CD project, All Saints On Monday. Month Of The Lion : Year Of The Worm and the Magic In A Music Store project as a whole were all supposed to be part of the same CD. This idea was scrapped in favor of two separate CD projects. This session also allowed for the completion of scrap guitar and drum parts for the song, Slipping Down Falling Away From You.
06/02/11- At my home in New Market: Greg Gautney worked on his lead guitar track for the song, Magic In A Music Store.
06/05/11- At Green Hill Studio this morning: Scratch tracks for the songs, Singing On The Backroads, (wt) Dog In The Manger, and Mitchell #4 (wt) were all completed. A large amount of live percussion was put on Mitchell #4. [Please note: (wt)= working title.]
06/23/11- At Green Hill Studio this evening: Located scratch track done back in 2004. The title of the song was originally, In The Morning. This had been changed over the past seven years to, Music In The Morning. There was GREAT trouble trying to convert the old 2004 track on old software to the new software. Mitch worked long and hard on this but translating the song to the new software was not to be. I will need to re-play this track at the next session.
08/25/11- The last scratch track for the Magic In The Music Store has been completed. The song is titled, Studio Blues. This song absorbed some of the more interesting parts from the song titled, The Song Is Over (I Just Want To Be Sure) making for a stronger song. The drum tracks for the entire projects have begun.
09/02/11- The last recording session for Month Of The Lion: Year Of The Worm at Omega Studios in Rockville.
02/01/12- The final mixing and mastering for the Month Of The Lion: Year Of The Worm completed at Omega Studios in Rockville, MD.
04/06/12- Final approval for CD cover given to Disc Makers for Month of The Lion: Year of the Worm CD.
04/10/12- Production of MOTL:YOTW CD begins at Pensauken, N.J.
04/20/12- MOTL:YOTW project completed. CDs were received in Maryland.
May 12, 2012- REVIEW Dr. Norris-Kniffin: "Congratulations on your CD, Month Of The Lion: Year oF The Worm...Right away I liked it energetic rhythms, satisfying chord progressions, clever rhymes, and lyrical melodies. Later I noticed how well the themes of loss and hope were conveyed by the musical forms. I thought your use of different voices was extremely effective in creating a meaningful and cohesive narrative."
Douglas Warden is an independent Maryland artist and is not affiliate with any publisher or music label.