Sunday, May 22, 2016

Still alive!

No, not the awesome Jonathan Coulton song! Just a comment that despite the lack of posts here for the last 6 months, I am still alive and kicking (no not the Simple Minds song!)

I've had a swirl of activity - initially my freelance work was occupying almost every available hour, and the hours that were left I had no energy to be creative. Then I was blessed when in March my dream job became available - I applied, got the job and started in April!

The good news is, following on from the transition period, as a result of the new job I will have hours in the day where I am not working / exhausted from working, and I can create some music again.

I've started out just playing for the sake of playing to get back into the swing of things. Today I had a lot of fun with a not-so-serious song, nothing to share as yet but was great working on it! Once again I found myself looking for "old" sounds, something harking back to the 50s or 60s, something not squeaky-clean sounding, which is quite a trick since I do everything digitally these days.

It was interesting to find out how fast I could write and lay down piano, electric rhythm, electric melody, bass, and attempt at getting a synth female voice to do a "doo-wop" part, all while also coming up with some mixing for all those parts too (as I just can't write without mixing - how it sounds is critical for me even when recording demos, it is all part of the final piece). I found that very reassuring; I haven't lost the knack!

What all that adds up to, then, is expect updates more often going forward as I will be writing and recording again!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Songwriting log Feb 14th 2016

That was a long gap! Things got real busy with car trouble, money worries, and a ton of work (needed to fix the money worries, which enabled fixing the car!)

Came back to the song after the two month break, and found I liked it just as it was - had been unsure about some of the electric guitar extras, but loved them when I heard it with fresh ears!

Did change the title to "Do You Know" and you can give it a listen here.

Since I am focused on writing more than recording, decided not to re-record anything, otherwise I'll never get through the catalogue of songs I have waiting for their time in the limelight!

So yes, the bass parts are copy and paste from one place to another, some vocal tweaks were done using Melodyne rather than a re-record, the acoustic rhythm guitar as a mistake in it somewhere - but hey, I want to leave my perfectionist days behind!

So that now gives you a look at how I write, starting with something recorded while in the car, through initial roughs, additions of various parts to give the final arrangement, to a completely written song!

And now.... on with the next song.