Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Done

After years of writing my book on and off, I think I am done with it. It has resolved itself. Now comes the slow process of editing. Ideally it would be great to find a proper editor to go through it, but that seems a bit far fetched.

I am happy with the arch of the story and the how I was able to tell it. Now it's about cutting out the unnecessary bits that will make it flow faster. I am no Hemingway but like him I try to keep my prose simple and let the story and characters draw you in. Of course you might not be in the least bit interested in the subject matter or where the story goes but I am happy with the way it turned out. I am glad I took my time.

Now that the book is done I am working on my next album. Being scatterbrained never helped anyone. I am glad I did one thing at a time without putting pressure on myself. Having no publishing or record company breathing down my neck is great. I am my own boss. Unless someone is going to give you a huge contract and take care of you and champion your music, there is no point in selling your soul away by signing any deals. Do it on your own with whatever resources you have.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Recording

I have been spending hours each night after my boy sleeps writing songs and just practicing the guitar in preparation for recording. One thing I realize is that music is just part of me and the guitar is my best friend. That has been the case since my early teens. Part of me will always be the anti-social boy who would rather spend his days in the room noodling on the guitar rather than go out and do anything else.

My new songs are more adventurous but not too far out to be experimental. Experimental usually means unlistenable to me. That is one place I won't go. I have always tried my best to find hooks and catchy chords or melodies to carry the song so people will find at least something interesting about it. My voice is average at best. My guitar playing is utilitarian and not fancy but I can do certain things that are distinctive to me that I don't hear anyone else doing. You'll have to hear my songs to know what I'm talking about.

Lately I have been practicing different techniques on the guitar that I want to use when I record. They require some technical ability in order to be played cleanly and accurately. Recording requires precision. I am sloppy most of the time because I normally only play when I am writing a song rather than just to improve my guitar playing for it's own sake. But now I am doing both and I find it gives me a sense of purpose.

The next hurdle is trying to record everything on my own. New technology has made things easier. People are making music on their laptops these days so I don't see why I can't do the same. Equipment is also becoming more affordable. Recording at home will give me more flexibility. I don't have to waste time travelling to the studio. These days I don't even want to leave the house unless I have to. I have everything need at home.