See you later summer…’til we meet again.
Its a tricky tricky activity and I feel like its almost impossible to pin down an exact universal method for it. The truth of the matter is that lacing together a few chords, lyrics, and melodies is an easy thing to do. What’s hard is doing it in a way that’s honest and real - that’s the potentially agonizing part. Even more overwhelming is the unpredictability of the inspiration that is coupled with it - I’ve heard cases where a song just falls out of the Heavens and is written in a matter of minutes while another can take years of mental blood, sweat, and tears to write. After going through this process firsthand, I understand now that it’s really no wonder why some songwrtiers/artists would hate to compromise their art for any reason, be they commercial or other.
I think I just want to say is that, yes, I have at long last written a full song. I don’t have the that definitive feeling of ‘it is done’ so I don’t want to say that it is a completed song. However, I feel like the necessary traits needed for it to be classified as a full song are there (kinda like how in elementary school science class, we learned that in order for an animal to be a mammal it had to have warm blood, hair, live births, etc.). I will probably revisit the different pieces of its anatomy, see how phrasing can be altered, lyrics rearranged or re-worded, dynamic shifts, etc. Or I could very well determine that the idea has run its course and place it upon a shelf of completed thoughts. To be honest, I’m not even sure if its any good.
But at the end of the day, I have a song.
And that’s pretty awesome. I think I would like to do it again.
1. Listen to this…..
2. …while looking through this:
that is all.
Meet Momo, a playful 4.5 year-old border collie and companion to Ontario-based graphic designer Andrew Knapp. When playing fetch with Momo, Andrew discovered that he likes to hide with the fetched stick instead of returning it. Andrew began photographing Momo in his hiding places and was soon struck with the idea for “a series of urban and rural landscapes with the dog hiding somewhere in the frame. He’s a well-camouflaged pup, definitely the Where’s Waldo of the internet.”
2012 marked the second year of my ‘adult’ life after college. I found myself working even longer hours than before and while it did get me my first promotion, I wonder if I actually accomplished anything I really wanted to. I have to admit that the fires of motivation don’t burn as brightly as they once did for some reason. However, when I look at the current state of things, I notice that a few little big things came together last minute at the year’s close. I suppose then that that this past year could be considered an overall exercise in patience and waiting.
So then, 2013, I’m not sure if I have more waiting and solitude in store for me but let’s see what we can accomplish.
Time to get to work.