I have several pieces of music on the go at the moment. This is par for the course actually, but slightly different this week. The reason being is that they are all moving forward and they should all be complete soon.
Added to the tracks that I completed last week I think I have managed to break through feeling a little overwhelmed by everything. I had too many pieces that weren’t complete and didn’t know where to start. A little dynamic list building and setting aside some time has sorted that.
Recently recorded a song and have just uploaded it to my Patreon page. That means that if you are a suppoorter you’d be able to download and keep it.
For as little as $1 a month you’ll get at least one piece of music to keep. And it enables me to spend more time making more music. You’ll also get a lovely good feeling knowing that you are helping support the arts.
Although I was supposed to be working on FAWM for February, I was also creating a collection of ambient tracks. These were for a series of art video classes by the uber talented Suzi Blu – you can find out more about the art class Into The Light here.
In addition to making the music, I am also making it available to stream and buy via bandcamp. The music is ambient in style and ideal for meditation or for listening to whilst you create your art.
You can listen to the music, and if you are so inclined, buy it here.
You keep hanging round me and I’m not so glad you found me
Lou Reed wasn’t too happy with who was hanging around him when he wrote his song. I, on the other hand, am very glad that my muse seems to have set up camp in my little room.
I am part of a journaling group, and each week we have a simple prompt. The grand idea is to improve ourselves and each week the prompt gives us a little focus. I am journaling, but also using the prompts to write music… so far, four prompts and four songs.
February last marks February Album Writing Month I am hoping to take part again, depending on time commitments. I have several ideas already so it’s looking good.
In addition to this I have several other musical tracks on the go. All in all, the muse has returned, the muse is hanging around… and I am very glad that she is. Now time to record.
When my Mac was in the Apple hospital I spent some time making music on the iPad. At first I experimented with the various apps I had. I had quite a lot of fun. I then tried out GarageBand, the free app from Apple and, despite its limitations it has become a pretty useful notepad for creating music.
The ability to jump from iPad to iPhone is really good. With the further option of importing the garageband files into Logic Pro X, it will become part of my creative workflow.
Anyway, I’m not here to waffle on about how I create but to share what I have been doing. So here’s an unfinished unmixed (one of the limitations to GarageBand) tracks that I’ve been playing with.
I have completed my musical challenge. You Can Love Me is now ready to listen to, download (for FREE) and even buy (with a donation). Here’s the opening song, ‘I’m looking at stupid things that make me smile’.
For those who haven’t noticed the calendar now says October. For those who have read any of the recent blog posts you should also know that I set myself a public challenge to release a collection of songs by today.
Well, I have failed… but only in the release date. The tracks are all on their way and I am really excited about them. They have pushed me musically. I have tried to write in a completely different style and way. They have pushed me technically. Playing some of the chords on the ukulele has been difficult, and been too much at times. I have learnt how to play, albeit in a tiny way, my harmonica. I have also learnt more about Logic Pro X than is probably good for anyone in just one month.
I suppose I didn’t push myself enough early on in the month and that is the main reason why I haven’t hit the deadline. There have been one or two personal issues that have taken a little time, but nothing that I couldn’t have dealt with. Perhaps the deadline was a little ambitious, thinking that I could write and record all the tracks.
One decision I have to make is whether to ‘release’ them under This Temple Eden. I think I will, as I am planning to add two ‘old’ songs to the collection, that the band used to play.