Music

Pulling teeth

As I rather recklessly added to my public New Year resolutions, a pledge to write, record and release at least one new song per month throughout 2011, I figured I shouldn’t leave it all until the last minute as I am inclined to do. So, earlier this evening, I sat with the guitar and tried picking about on a chord sequence and a couple of words which have been knocking around my head today.

I would like to be able to reveal that I now have a completed masterpiece ready for your delectation, except you have probably already figured out the truth is anything but. In fact, I have barely progressed past a few chord sequence ideas, what seems to me to be an awfully uninspired melody, and one or two lyric thoughts which, given time, might possibly begin a song (perhaps, even this one).

This has actually been a fairly common experience over the twenty years or so that I have been writing songs and other music. It comes in fits and startsโ€”sometimes (as now) I’ll go months without any inspiration striking, and getting my writing moving again feels like pulling teeth. At other times, I go through incredibly productive periods, such as the one in the spring of 2009, during which I composed most of the pieces which ended up on my album “Soundtracks Vol. 1” (available to buy via Bandcamp).

I wish so much that I could turn musical inspiration on and off like a lightswitch, but it just doesn’t seem to happen that way for me. In the end, I suspect the only way to kick-start my songwriting, is going to be to just get on and write anything for a time, even if the results just aren’t much “cop”. Still, I’ve committed to do the songwriting exercise, and I’m not going to back down now ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, where did I put that guitar again…

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