Song-a-Day 07: Being Human

I’m not entirely happy with this one, but I’ve been in bed most of the day with the lurgi and I’m not in a very good mood.

I’m happy with the bass line, I should play more bass guitar.

This is possibly the last song from this week, I’m helping friends move house tomorrow so won’t have time for any music. I might be able to write a song on Sunday, I’ll see how it goes. And then next week? That’s Possible.

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Song-a-day 06: Memories Won’t Die

Song-a-day 06.  I didn’t really want to write this, I felt the chords were maybe bit obvious, and maybe just a little bit Dylan-esque.  It’s also a bit Leonard Cohen-ey, the chords sound quite ‘Stories of the street’ in places.  And then the words arrived and I realised that I already had written it and it was too late for messing around with some new chord changes. I wish I had a 3rd verse for this, maybe I’ll write one in the future sometime. If Dylan had written this it would have 7 verses and take up a side of vinyl.

I spared you my atrocious harmonica playing, recorded but not included in the mix (that would have made it too Dylan-ish?). I think the problem was that the guitar has drifted out of tune over the week, it might be in tune with itself, but sure as hell not in tune with anything else. There is a horrible asthmatic wheezing on one track – that’s me!

 

 

 

 

 

Song-a-day #3

Song-a-Day #3*:   This took ages to write. In fact, it’s not even the first song I wrote today. I had a really nice chord progression and melody going first thing this morning, then had my breakfast, by which time I couldn’t remember the tune. So I had to start again, fresh chords changes and tune. I think the first one was in 4/4, this is in 6/4.

Although the singing is quite lugubrious in places, it’s a fairly upbeat song lyrically. I have no idea why. I’ll probably be back to my normal dirges by the end of the week, don’t you worry.

 

*I’m trying to write a song every day this week (I’ve got the week off) and record it and upload it. I’ve done this before with Ok results, and I seriously need to kick-start my songwriting mojo before it atrophies completely.

Song-a-day 2014

It’s that time of year (most years, anyway) where I decide to try to write and record a song in a day, every day for a week.  Sometimes I’ll keep going for the next week to.  I usually take the weekends off (but not this time). The quality is variable, to say the least, but there are normally a couple of songs that come out ok.

I didn’t do this at all last year, I had writer’s block for 14 months, and it wasn’t fun. Good job I don’t do this for a living.

It’s an unusual feeling, when after a musical drought, you have the feeling, you know that all you have to do is pick up your guitar and open your notebook and songs will appear. It seems to work, though.

Here are songs #1 and #2 from this week: (I started on Saturday this time, just because).

‘Unbroken’ is uncharacteristically upbeat and positive for me, I thought I’d try for ‘not miserable’ and surprisingly, it worked!

You can tell I’ve got a cold, can’t you?

Song no.18 ‘Hibernation’

I had to have a day off yesterday from writing, the first in 17 days. I needed a break, and I had a rental DVD I needed to watch. Also I had a conversation on Twitter about hibernation, and how it is unfair that humans can’t, and whether a onesie would be practical hibernation-wear. Things like that. So today, I wrote this:

#17 – Too Late

Here is song number 17  in a never-ending series of songs and things I’m making at a rate of one a day.  I need to re-do the singing, I was running out of time and didn’t get chance to rehearse properly. Might be proper harmonies next time.

 

This is one of the best ‘band’ recordings I’ve made/faked so far, I think having real bass helps the sound (and I think my playing is coming along, slowly).  I wrote this on the Wurli electric piano, which is unusual, I normally write on the acoustic guitar, which I didn’t even touch for this song).