could not resist the siren call and lay myself down to the will of the challenge.
not on 2013 album
so busy with studying for my 3 finals next week, it's nearly impossible to do anything other than that, including work. all my demo files for the Witch album are to big to upload to the player, but i did put up a copy of the overture instrumental bit which will come before every. it's about 50% of what the final will sound like, as i added themes from the rest of the piece into it. i may record some of that this weekend, or early next week. i was messing around with bits and pieces, but still with the script about 90% done, 2 songs done, and themes for all the rest of the bits, I think I should be fine, especially after these finals are done, because this will be 100% of my attention, and when i do that, i can kick a camels in the eye hole.
One Hank Williams record.
As much wine as you can drink.
Take internally for as long as the pain continues. You will not know when it goes away.
What are you waiting for?
Do it. Now.
January 25, 2013 - Posted by Helen Sventitsky/Shaky Tee and the Lo-Hi Fivin' Orchestra in Blogs
The songwriting process has been rather slow going for me at the moment. Right now, due to time contraints, I've een doing a lot of composing on my tablet. Or my phone. If you can call it composing. Mostly just half baked and half assed ideas I am putting down, just so I can learn the composition software on the tablet. I am waiting patiently for FLStudio to come out on Android soon. In the meantime, I am working with some of the "next best things" that the Android market has come up with (Caustic, Sunvox, even Chordbot, for my Tori Amos or Laura Nyro moments).
I don't like feeling this dry before the Challenge starts. But, as I read from the best writers, the best way to get over a case of writer's block, or to get through a dry spell, is to just, well, write.
And as I advised others, the compositions may seem like shit, but they are you. And one day, they may change the world.
So, just keeping on keeping on with it. Self-doubt being the nagging beyotch as it is.
...and I must say, I am really glad that I stumbled upon this website.
Somewhere along the way, I lost it. I had been in a few metal bands, all with a substantial local following and, in one case, an EP released overseas. I made some great friends and I gained a lot of experience, but I lost that /hunger/. I stopped feeling fulfilled in my musical endeavors and began to focus less and less on whatever band I was playing with, and I began to spend a lot more time writing songs for me. Songs that I couldn't play in a metal band. Songs that didn't really pertain to any specific genre, songs that were shapeshifters that could transform into something completely different depending on my mood, songs that mattered to me and that made me happy.
Then, I guess reality happened. All of a sudden I wasn't working to support my music, I was working to survive and music was just kind of there. I withdrew creatively from the band I was in and was solely a performer, and I'd abandoned any if all ambition to ever do anything with my library of personal songs or even expand upon it.
In early December, I quit my band, dusted off my old notebooks, upgraded some of my gear and dove back in. I was determined not just to record these songs, but write more, and ultimately - get hungry again. And stay hungry this time. Then I stumbled upon this site, and here I am. I'm going to record an album in a month, and it's going to be awesome, and it's going to make me happy to be a musician again.
I look forward to hearing what everyone comes up with!
My iRig Pre arrived today! That's going to let me plug my studio mics into my iPad. Perfect for vocals and acoustic instruments. I also ordered an iRiffPort by POCKETLABWORKS. It's a guitar cable that plugs into the 30-pin connector on the iPad. That ought to make for higher fidelity guitar tracks.
I researched a bunch of DAW apps but will probably stick with Garageband just because I'm comfortable and proficient with it. The learning curve of a new app could end up wasting precious recording time.
I'm still looking for a way to master the final tracks on my iPad, but that's not urgent ... yet.
Going through a lot of personal stuff, so it shouldn't be too hard to bare all this season.
I've been doing this on FAWM.org for the last five years, but as their site isn't up yet, I thought I'd check in with you freaks.
Well, I hope that's the type I'm dealing with, anyway.
Not totally sure about your bylaws or culture but I'll do my best to make what I consider to be good music, and contribute it to the community.
San Diego, CA
Changed the rusty strings on the Seagull last night, played through the songs a bit tonight, changed a capo location or two when I noticed, "hmmm... I don't think I can sing that high."
Tomorrow I lock in all the bpm's so come February 1st I can hit the ground running... Might just pick up a whiteboard so I can feel like a real recording artist, filling in things that need to be done for each song on the playlist.
The title of my blog is I Said Fun, Not Funny. I translated it to Swedish for fun, and to good naturedly rib my friend Jana, who is all parts Strummindude. If you have never listened to him before you really should. He's a great player, a great writer, and humble as all get out. He takes time out every year to listen to my songs, which is like asking Michael Jordan to coach high school basketball.
Anyway, the purpose of this blog is, well, actually, it has no purpose. I just felt like writing something while I listen to some raw ideas. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, or at least alluded to, I am happy to be able to do RPM every year, and revel in the joy/stress/excitement/frustration/insert your favorite feeling here of RPM. And each year it feels brand new. We should all be thankful we get to have the problem of figuring out how to complete the challenge in a way that makes us happy. What a great problem, if we can even call it that. Let's use the term challenge. It's a challenge, not a problem. Oh, duh, just remembered the whole premise. RPM Problem wouldn't work, now would it?
So this year I want to do a fun record, which Jana started giving me grief over, saying I was not allowed to do a funny record. Of course he is just giving me ****, but I promised him no Three Stooges-like songs or any horns honking. Anyway, a party record, something fast and loud, that people would want to put on in a crowded room filled with folks doing whatever they like doing at parties. For example, if you have joined Mick and I on a few of our benders then you are aware of, wait you weren't aware of anything. Mick and I needed to carry you home. Amateur. And I won't even talk about the mess that BogStomp was on his 21st birthday...But I digress.
I plan on sticking to my plan, as much as I ever stick to a plan, but I have this batch of other ideas that are catching my ear as well. And so I am wondering, can I do this? Do what Gary? Damn G, it's your blog, you get to re-read and edit it, but you chose to be vague. Do you think it's interesting? It isn't, make your point. Ok, sorry. So the point, er, question is can I possibly do a party record and a more mellow record too? Then I would be satisfying Jana's demands for an un-funny set of songs. Or at least, something that would suck the life out of room full of revelers. And we all know how satisfying it is to be a buzzkill. Wait, oh, nevermind.
I could try to do the acoustic and vox in front of the microphone one-take wonders, you know, bang it out in a day and just let it go as is. However, I would need to alter my DNA to let it go as is. I can't help it, I do it to your record too: I listen and start singing harmonies, or think "Hey, that's a good spot for a Mellotron, and maybe a samisan." Did you know that samisan literally translated means "three tasty strings"? Domo Arigato Gary. Anyway, I don't know if I could just let it out. I would need to play with them, overdub them, **** with them. Because it's what I do. And short of radiation therapy, I don't know if I can alter my DNA.
So, a good problem by all accounts. Fox is offhandly bragging that he has a lot of ideas, how gracious of him. Anyway, I may, I may not. I want to do the party record, assuming I can actually pull that off too. The mellow one is a big maybe.
Ok, I have blathered on enough. Thanks for making it this far, assuming you did.
Here. Echoes. A scream. The pain room is waiting for you.... You crave it...Now say thankee sai. Music for a world that has moved on. Now wash your mind.
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