I think about these songs. I'm very proud of what we did, but the bulk of the songs contain a theme I don't like to revisit anymore. If we work together like this again, we could all use a fresh approach. I would rather do something that didn't sound or feel like anything we did back then.
The problem I am having now is that I wrote so many songs about my agonizing life, that I don't seem to know how to write on the otherside of it. I'm working on that. I still have my share of internal struggles, but I am sick of taking myself so seriously. I'm taking time out of that to smile, but can you imagine me writing a song about smiling? I can't.
I don't know. I suppose thats a pretty broad statement. I think what I am trying to say is that I would prefer to sit on the old tunes for personal reasons. They are important for many reasons, but I don't want to go back and finish any of the ones that aren't. Frankly, its creepy. I can still hear myself singing those lyrics to Did You Do It. Something about the memory is rather heavy. Ugh.
I'm not thinking in terms of pop, evil or otherwise. Just no more fear, anger, contempt and the like. Whats left when those things are taken away is simplistic and comparatively peaceful. From a songwriting standpoint the problem arises when you consider that I like to ROCK! and I like my guitars MEAN!
You, Sid and I, as individuals, have completely different lifes now. I wouldn't expect our music to be completly different, but it would be intersting to see what might come out.
OK, here's what I suggest: Lets focus on one song. I have a wall of a riff that needs to be built upon. It's mean, but . . . well. Let me develop it and see if it inspires.
I'm doing ok. I'm in the process of moving into my new house. I bought the place a month ago and have been working on it a bit before occupying. It's about a mile from the condo and a block away from the same lake. Great neighborhood. Beach rights, boat launch (no boat yet), a neighbor with a seemingly unlimited supply of beer, etc. The "studio" will be again. I already moved the electronic drum kit and bass amp. You guys will be happy to hear that my youngest, age 10, is expressing a talent for the drums. I hooked the drums up to the bass amp and showed her a basic 4/4 beat. She mastered it quickly and started asking me to challenge her some more. Of course, I walked around the outside of the house to see how loud it was. It could go louder before causing issues. My oldest, 13, sat around and texted her friends while all this was going on.
Thanks Cory. It does really suck to not be Kompozing. But as a result, I actually hit craig's list and found some people to jam with instead. Im doing a Black Sabbath tribute band thing. So I am still playing :)
I was thinking of getting something simple with a USB to plug into my laptop. I do have a high power laptop for work. The M-Audio Fast Track looks like a decent solution. Hopefully it wont be much longer.
I sat down this afternoon to get going on that song and couldn't login to my computer. Since then I have been troubleshooting and finally resorted to reinstalling the OS. Yippee. 2 hrs left. Maybe I'll get something done tomorrow. . .if the fresh install does the trick.