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.