Saturday, May 15, 2010

New direction in songwriting...

I don't usually record everything that I come up with. If I did, I'd have 300 songs by now. Actually, a lot of the stuff I come up with is so far left field that the average person probably wouldn't like it. Even I can't bear to listen to it after a day or two because I am the kind who needs accessible hooks in songs to pull me in. Guitar meanderings are fun but unless it can be used in a catchy song, there is really no point to it.

I can get experimental with my guitar playing at times but my songwriting is pretty conventional. People who think they are trying to re-invent the wheel are just the sort of pretentious music snobs that I stay away from. I have been playing for over 20 years, since I was 12 - yes I am in my mid-30's - and I can tell you for a fact that music hasn't gotten any better. Everything these days sounds like it was written by the same person.

To be honest I have no big agenda with my music. In fact, I am not really interested in putting out another album commercially or trying to get a song on the radio anymore. However, I do feel the need to document the songs so that I have something to look back on later on in life when I play nothing but jazz and blues in my rocking chair.

So record them all I surely will. In fact, these days I feel a song has to sound good stripped down first. You can produce it however well you want but if the lyrics don't make any sense and the music doesn't evoke some sort of feeling, then what's the point.