I am working away on a couple of musical pieces at the moment and they couldn’t be any more different.
The first is for Patreon. It’s a gentle little tune with the working title of Lullaby Love Song, and it is exactly that. An ambient melody that meanders away, wooing you to sleep and encouraging deep dreams of happy ever after. Perhaps I need to lay off the fairy tales, but that’s where I got the inspiration for this piece.
The other is a track I have been working on for ages. It’s called Light from a dark star and is a straight rock / pop ditty. I’m not convinced with the lyrics. I will revisit those in due course. However, I had one of those light bulb moments and moved the tune around a little. It’s just a simple change in the arrangement but it has renewed my interest in it, which was exactly what was needed.
In other news, I am, as always, debating with myself whether or not I will attempt FAWM. It is a nice challenge but not sure if I want the added pressure. (Actually, I am pretty sure I will start the challenge, but if it gets too much I’ll stop.) And now, back to the recording.
This Monday I am mostly playing with this simple chord progression. I have been trying it out in several variations on the iPhone in a couple of apps and now it has migrated to the laptop and Logic with a little help from the synth Alchemy. It currently sounds something like this.
Monday music meandering
Songwriting is an emotional act. It drains me. It is also a deeply fulfilling art. I empty myself, to be filled. I dissect my emotions, pour out my memories and shape them into metaphors. Some songs revive past and present pains, while others remind me of happier moments.
At the same time I begin to intertwine those emotions with a musical motif. The words dance with a soundtrack, caressing the notes as they pass by. Sound is sculpted by feeling and phrase.
I’m currently working on a new collection of songs to be released in the near future. I spent some time today arranging one of the tracks, currently called Mermaid. Most of my day was spent looking at a screen similar to this.
I don’t normally spend time in the score window of Logic, it isn’t the most intuitive aspect of the program. However, today I made its acquaintance and we got on quite well. The song is also taking shape. I hope to have a demo version available in the very near future. Along with several other tracks that will eventually make up the next release.
This is currently the chorus, so you can learn the words and sing along later.
mermaid, siren to my soul
mermaid, no breath I become whole