Friday, January 30, 2015

Dark Blue.

First track for 2015! There will be more to come. I'm clearing the backlog of songs this year and then going back to the drawing board. Need to learn new things and play other types of music. There is so much to learn when it comes to music but at the end of the day, it is what you use that matters. I'm a song oriented guy.

I might get a band together to play some of the new songs live because the new material is fun to play. However, I've played as many bad gigs as I have good ones in the past, so I'm not just gonna jump at any chance to play. At my age, I don't need to play for the sake of playing. I can do that at home for my own pleasure. We will see how it goes.

Putting together a simple power trio would be good, if I can find a solid bassist and drummer. I recorded the songs in a way where I can pull off all the parts with just the rhythm section backing me. There is just one guitar playing most of the parts. Some of it is double tracked but other than that I kept it simple. My previous album was full of self indulgent guitar parts and layering. I wanted to avoid that this time around.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Swimming Upstream

Back in 2004 at the Musiccanteen Christmas Eve Gig at Mont Kiara

There is scarcely any passion without struggle. Swimming upstream may be tough but some fish do it anyway. It is what keeps them going. For me, being on autopilot and paying bills while looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow usually rings hollow. I can't do it. However, even that can be a passion for some people, no matter how meaningless it eventually becomes.

I have never mixed what I'm passionate about with what I have to do to make a living. My view is that, you don't have to compromise if something is a labour of love. There is no better reward than just being able to do it. I know people who have turned what they love doing into a business and have ended up not being able to enjoy it much anymore. There are exceptions, of course. However, a business entails that you cater to the needs of customers who seek your service or product. It has nothing to do with what you like or want. In fact, you may not have the time or resources to do what you want anymore. Not everyone is lucky enough to have it both ways.

This post has been edited more times than I can count, just like most of my music. It's all about the editing. Music would be unlistenable and books would be unreadable if the writer can just vent superfluously without restraint. I've learnt through editing the book that I have been working on for years that although the content might change minimally, the way you say it makes all the difference. You have to constantly work at something in order to get better at it. That's what passion is all about. The results may vary.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Yeah, whatever...

There are also other things I've been meaning to do, or rather not to do.

I've collected enough guitars over the years to open up a small guitar shop. Time to offload some that I hardly ever play. Of course there are a few that I would never part with as long as I'm alive. However...

Yup! The wife needs to do her homework or else the joke is on her. There is a small fortune there, believe me.