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Attempting to get back to the music

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

So, I did February Album Writing Month (FAWM) last year, and really enjoyed it. The thing is, by writing something like 16 songs in one month, I really burned myself out. And I’ve had a lot of things going on in the past year, including moving, starting a new job, and doing a lot of bicycling and photography. I have hardly worked on music at all since FAWM last year.

I’m trying to get back into doing that, including, hopefully, working some new elements and influences into my music to take it to the next level. I’ve been pretty into folk music lately, and I would really like to incorporate some things from that, more acoustic instruments, and possibly more songlike structures. I’m also thinking about doing some more vocals. To date, the only song I’ve added vocals to was Last of the Lost (can be found on my DMusic page).

But I’m having a bit of a hard time getting back into it. I’m rusty with actual playing keyboards and guitar, and trying to learn some mandolin technique at the same time. And synth programming is something that you get accustomed to doing; I need to reacquaint myself with it.

I’m hoping that things will come back to me fairly quickly, but so far, the little bit I’ve tried to do has been difficult. I need to get back to where I can just sit down and work on music. I’m going to try to do FAWM again, and hopefully, that will help get me back in the swing of things.

One thing I hadn’t thought about that I noticed last night was that I was playing guitar for a while, and when I stopped, I got this huge nicotine craving. I always used to smoke a lot when I worked on music, but I’ve never smoked in our new apartment — which made me realize how long it had been since I worked on music!

Way too long, if you ask me.

6 Responses to “Attempting to get back to the music”

  1. furiousball Says:

    I’m in the same boat music-wise obviously as you know. I need some sort of kick in the ass to make some new stuff. Perhaps FAWM is the key. What about doing it as a group? SGC returns?

  2. Apertome Says:

    That would be cool, although I don’t know that our way of working is very conducive to the frantic pace of FAWM. According to the rules (unless they’ve changed since last year), you can do it as a group, but you’re not supposed to have members working on different songs at the same time. Which would be essential for us to get even remotely close to finishing anything.

    As far as I’m concerned, SGC never went anywhere, we’re just on hiatus. We have several things that are near completion; we should finish them and get them out there soon.

  3. Sarah Says:

    I’ve definitely missed listening to your crazy music schemes, and I’d love for you to get back in the swing of that. But fundamentally, you should be doing what expresses how you’re feeling and offers an outlet, whether that’s photography, biking, music, writing. Each one has it’s place. Hopefully a little more practice will get you feeling more comfortable with music again.

  4. Bud Buckley Says:

    I swear to your from long experience, the instrument skills will come back. Just buckle down and do it. I gave up guitar for 15 years once. Came back and learned finer style and am making a supplementary living at it. Real musicians play instruments, man!

  5. dkeifer Says:

    Actually, I was just about to ask if you were going to do FAWM again. It drove me nuts last year, but I’m seriously considering it–more or less against my better judgement.

  6. Bud Buckley Says:

    I’m delighted you’re getting back to it. Believe me, anything is possible.

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