I used to write and record music a lot more when I was younger. I was in a band or three and played gigs and had some fun up until my mid 20’s making some nice music and some great friends doing it. We recorded several “albums” in both makeshift and real studios, had our own release parties for our circle of friends to show off our latest creations. So much creativity and hard work crammed into 4 tracks on a 1/8th inch piece of plastic tape that more often than not barely made it intact through overdubs and mixdowns. Those years were a canoe-ful of fun, and I look back at them fondly.
I was fidgiting with my Macbook Pro, playing with garageband and other audio software, and I’m still amazed by how far it’s all come. We would have killed to have this ability in 1989. As I was playing with it, it dawned on me that I should try to start creating music again. It’s something that becomes a part of you when you’ve done it, and I’d been ignoring it for way too long..
Many of you will nod your heads when I say that career, marriage, kids etc all push the music to the back burner for many of us.. Add to that a volition to stay active in social media and podcasting, and the time is hard to find. A new balance was needed.
The only semi-resolution I made for 2008 was to write and record music again. All I needed was a reason or a plan. Since no benefit album producers were lining up to commission my skills, and no disasters I knew of were planned to change that, I decided to take the Jonathan Coulton approach. I’ve been a huge fan and following J-C since I first played him on the Bob and AJ show in early 2005. In 2006, J-C wrote and recorded a series of tunes or bits of tunes as part of a project called “A thing a week“. Now I’m no Jonathan Coulton – not nearly as good a songwriter, and for sure not as clever a lyricist, but the method intrigued me. If nothing else, it meant that I had to come up with something because I promised I would, sort of like when you tell people you’ve quit smoking to make sure you know you have..
So for 2008, I’ve committed to writing/recording a tune a month. So far, I’m 2 for 2, so the pattern is set. What will I do with these tunes? Well, I’ve already seen the mental benefits to writing and playing again, so the objectives have been met. I may put them on Garageband.com or something when they’re ready for general consumption.. we’ll see..
In the meantime, it means I’m a little bit less active online, but oh I feel so much better.