Feb 1, woke up hungover.
Its Superbowl Sunday so I'll be drinking today also.
I need to clean my place...welcome to the RPM Challenge.
It has begun. Instruments, paper, pens, cough drops... Looking around to see if I forgot anything...then off to barricade myself in studio!
Wow, got off to a good start today. 6 rough drafts of songs with various tunings. Going to get some distance from them for a couple of hours and then mix them down for listening to on the way to work tomorrow. Hopefully not too much cringing - tends to freak out other commuters.
I'm starting from scratch - I have set up Clojure dev environments on other machines in the past but not on the Mac I'm using for this year's challenge.
Today's goal - install Clojure, Emacs, SuperCollider, and Overtone and get it to make some noise...
Like a cosmic "fuck you, do this thing", the guy I've been seeing and I called it quits on January 31st at 5:32pm, which although it hadn't been terribly serious, does result in the kind of emotional turmoil inside my being that encourages my strongest songwriting. Not that writing about your feelings and faults is anything unique, but the timing just seemed right with a mere 6 hours and 27 minutes until RPM's official start.
That's GREAT. I get to be bummed out, booze too hard, and actually write some songs. I failed last year. Don't tell anyone.
Anyhow, I didn't write a thing last night, because I drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of gelato and poutine (so, fancy words for ice cream and cheese fries), but woke up this morning and immediately banged out a pretty catchy chorus, which I'll be able to build around as the day goes on.
Is it me?
I might go in a direction with it where it's about being bad at a job. Dating is basically a job right? What kind of job you think? Maybe like, horse jockey? Is that a job?
By the way, I'm Madeleine. I'm very good at math. I don't have a band, I get kicked out of every band for being DIFFICULT. I play a UKULELE and I'm a good performer, and a terrible everything else.
My songs are about things that interest me (like, ghosts, and myself) and metaphors for people I know. For example, I have a song about living in a haunted apartment.
The blog aspect of RPM is highly motivating for me, so I will keep you updated on my progress.
I just read my first and only blog entry from last year. Yeah, I massively failed. Not even one song uploaded... how sad is that? My fear is that i'll never finish any project that I start. It's bad... REALLY bad. I want to do this. I've said that for YEARS. At least, I've been given the gift of all of the time in the world this year.
At the beginning of January, I was admitted to the hospital and ended up staying there for two weeks. As it turns out, I had (have?) bowel cancer. At 27 years old. Yep, I am an anomaly. Apparently, I was the talk of St. Clare's for quite a while. After a bunch of CT scans, x-rays, ultrasounds and blood transfusions, the (FABULOUS) medical team performed surgery in which they removed a fist-sized tumour, a large part of my bowel, and my spleen. You better believe i've got one hell of a scar down my belly. It's been about three weeks since that surgery and I'm doing better every day. Better than that, all of my scans are coming back clear, so nothing has spread. I am a lucky girl.
Why am I writing all of this? Well, it explains why I've got so much time on my hands. I'm in recovery mode and can't do much other than sit on my ass. Besides that though, I feel that letting all of this out is very therapeutic. I'm an open book, and ever since I've been diagnosed, I've been telling everyone, anyone who wants to listen. I've talked to friends, family, my hairdresser.... everyone! People hear the word "cancer" and they freeze, but it doesn't have to be such a scary word.
Okay, that's enough of that. I'm here to write and record music. I've done a lot in the past 12 months which hopefully will inspire me.
Good luck to you all!
Got drums, keys, and synth bass (which I will likely replace with real bass later). And I wrote the damn lyrics already! Next, guitars. Later, though. I need sleep.
Man, it's been a long while since I thought of those years: study halls, roll calls, hall passes and fears. Clear my mind and, in time, the faces reappear: braces, acne and high tops. Cars veering on the sidewalks, drivers grinding gears, five riding shotgun, twelve more in the rear. Everybody drinking Zima, 'buca, wine coolers and beers. On the tape deck: hip hop. I remember that December in our junior year in high school. You were waiting. I did nothing. I was stupid back in high school. Spanish class was a blast even though I couldn't conjugate the verbs. Goofing off, showing off, passing notes to pretty girls. Are there ways that those days can be put down into words? A kind of sad-happy hybrid. There are days that remain even when the others fade off into blurs, and, after all, I still recall your brown eyes and your curls. Seventeen and it seemed there was no one in the world 'cept for you. A timeless little moment. I remember that December in our junior year in high school. You were waiting. I did nothing. I was stupid back in high school. Those days are gone, twenty years have passed and yet there're still times I know if I close my eyes, I'll remember that December in our junior year in high school. You were waiting. I did nothing. I was stupid back in high school.
Just out of curiosity, how many people that are doing this challenge by themselves, meaning without collaborators, or bands etc.. are multi-instrumentalists?
I have been programming a keyboard workstation, an analog synthesizer, playing bass and guitars and doing vocals.
Just wondering if any other folks are taking the entire workload lol it truly is a labor of love, am i right?
keep going folks!
I booted up my studio @ midnight on the dot, messed around with a few chords and started scribbling words. Recorded a first draft of the new tune, then fine tuned and reassessed what I had and spent the new few hours doing a final version. Long story short, in roughly 4 hours I had completed a final version of a new song called "Covalent Bond!"
I am happy that I've come out the gate strong, but just hope I can keep this momentum going!
Best of luck to everyone!!!
I could pretty much repeat my last blogpost from 2014 here, but I won't. After that blogpost I didn't do much else. The last three years definitely saw a steady decline in RPM activity from me. It's time to reverse the trend.
I have a lot of conflicting ideas about what to do this month. Probably the best approach is taking it day by day and putting the emphasis on wrapping things up and calling it finished.
...ehm...that's it for now. Good luck everyone!
- Aged Machine
- angie fights crime
- Atlanta Trash Collective
- Beanbag Amerika
- Bethan Mathis
- Caleb Neubauer
- Carlos Devizia
- chris hardy
- Felt Waves
- IronAngel Forge
- Jarred Parenzee
- Juanjo Zamorano
- Matt Ferrara
- Mike Rae
- Not Orson
- Odniel Gonzalez
- Pardoned Sin Band
- Samuel Penderbayne
- Serene Dominic
- Sister Savage (Peppermint Sky)
- Sound Hayes
- Synaptic Disturbance
- The Horse Rocking
- Tony Hogard
So this is Christams
by Sound Hayes
by Pardoned Sin Band
That'll do. Tired now
Day One - Step One
by Eric Ward
Day One: Writing A Horse Jockey Operetta
Day 1: What have I done?
song 1: High School
by Matt Ferrara
by Ron Doucet Jr.
first song done!!!
by Ron Doucet Jr.