In the last month I have mostly been: writing, singing, and playing guitar just for the love of it. For the rest of the time I have been sifting thru the music I recorded from Feb to May and panning for gold. In the last week I have started bearing down on more specific pieces and developing them. The stuff is sounding good to me. Better than it ever has. It is coming easily. I am one contented monkey.
Maybe the reason things are going so well is: I have sacrificed my sleep patterns to the Almighty Gods of Sound.
They are All. Over. The. Place.
Until recently I’ve been getting up late then working till 5 or 6 a.m. The last couple of days this has flipped and I am now getting up around 2:30 a.m. to start my day. I am aware that this sounds CrazyBalls. I have stopped questioning it. When I wake up I start work. When I get hungry I eat. When I get tired I lie down.
I also sewed together another baby Frankenstein. (If this sentence confuses you, then read the first post I did about Sketchbooks (here) before you report me to whoever you were thinking of reporting me to.)
After hearing the last one a lot of people asked me how I was selecting the pieces. Were they my best stuff? Was this the stuff that will be on the album? Etc.
The truth is I just: pick moments I like, and then cut them out and string them together in a way that pleases me. It’s that simple. I am fairly sure none of these recordings will make it anywhere near the album, but some of the ideas will for sure. A piece of melody, a chord change or a textural thing, stuff like that. But, mostly I think that this is the only hearing these little guys will ever get. They are like a bunch of cool little aliens in a box, who will live in the vault forever, never getting to go out into the world.
Today is their day in the sun.
This is a part of the musical process that folk don’t usually get to hear, unless they are super-close to the musician. It’s a way of letting you guys in on what I am working on.
And it’s good to share, y’all.
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