Howdy! A couple nights ago my sisters and I got together to write a song. I told them it would take less than twenty minutes, but we took about five times that. Nevertheless, we emerged from the darkness with a song which, out of the two I’ve written, might be my favorite musically. You know that cool thing they do in musicals where everyone’s singing a different tune at the exact same time? Yeah, we kinda did that.
Anyway, that’s me. You can listen to the song at the end of the post.
A lot of things have come together for this project in crazy ways. A friend gave us a pretty high-quality microphone several years ago, which we had never used until now. Only a couple days after I wrote my first song, a graduating senior gave me— completely free— a used computer. Immediately I set up Audacity (a sound-editing program) and LMMS (a program similar to GarageBand, but for Windows, meant for actually creating music). Even better, one of my brother’s old guitar pedals connects to a computer and can record to it fairly easily.
In short, I can record anything I can play, and I haven’t spent any money on it. I’d call that a blessing.
Now it’s turned into a creative endeavor like any other. With writing and drawing and now composing, the equipment isn’t the hardest part of the process. It’s sitting down and doing.
It takes time to write a song, and it probably takes more time than I give to write a good song. It takes time to record that song too, but generally once the song is written I can’t rest until I record it. So, as with anything, it’s getting the ball rolling that’s the hard part— once it’s rolling, it’s cake.
Also like writing, I want to compose stuff that I don’t normally hear. I love lots of music, but my favorites are either funny songs, musically interesting, or what I call story songs. If it tells a joke, messes with music rules, or it tells a story, I’m interested. So far, I’ve written one story song that is also kinda funny, and one funny song (I think it’s funny) that is also musically interesting to me. If I can keep going along each of those veins, I’ll be happy.
With that in mind, here’s a goal. I want to write some sort of collection of songs. You can listen to them all for free on my SoundCloud profile, but I want to get comfortable with writing stuff and turning my improvisation into something more concrete. My goal at this point is 14 songs, out of which I’ve already written 2. As for a timeline… I don’t know. I don’t really care. But considering how easy they are to write once I’ve gotten myself to sit down and write one, a timeline might help. We’ll see how things go, but one a week might be doable. I’m not adamant about getting this done quickly, though, so it doesn’t matter how quickly I write. I’m more interested in editing at this point.
Anyway, that’s enough stalling. You can listen to the song at the end of this post. I’m off to edit. I thank God for the ability to do all of this.