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Back In The Saddle

A week ago after more than 20 years, I decided to quit music forever. I was in a REALLY dark place and had just had enough of everything. Emails were sent. Bands were cancelled. Better Half rolled her eyes.

Yeah, she was right, that lasted about 2 days. Now it’s 12:30am and here I am writin’ tunes & I have a gig tomorrow at Sooki Lounge here in Belgrave ha ha.

This new song is about that, going dark, losing it, then finding the resilience to brush yourself and have another crack.


(if anyone has any idea how to make that freakin’ popping noise stop, please put me out of misery)


Self Conscious Justification

Thought I’d spontaneously do something and document writing new songs. I have 2 finished works – one out now and one to come out later this year – but I am really keen to move on and start a new round of songwriting. And what the hell, I thought I’d start recording the process & documenting it to the wide wiggin web.

Today I got a RODE podcaster USB mic, you see, so I came out to unpack it and plug it in at about 9pm and just kept going. All these years playing I have avoided learning to record my own music but what the hell, you know I want to.

But right now? I have NO idea. But what hell. I have a sweet mic, a pretty doughy DELL laptop and a subscription to Adobe (all of which I justify for spending cash on for work). Adobe creative cloud has a program called Audition so after setting up this:

rode podcaster

… I decided to fire it up. Oh I hadn’t downloaded that one yet … oh Adobe won’t let me download it even though I have paid for it because they don’t support Vista. (Yeah I know, I know, must update …). Also fuck you Adobe.

SO what the hell, download Audacity, it’s free, people only ever say nice things about it.

Gave it a whirl, have NO idea why it keeps clicking but I am sure I will learn over time. But for now, I just wanted to get back to the guitar (like 2 hours of pissing around from unpacking the microphone and setting it all up to figuring out the software to be able to at least start the journey).

Got back to the song I am writing. I enjoy the process of songwriting so much. It’s like exploring, you never know what you’re going to bump into next. And it’s also like sculpting, you start out with a big mess of clay and you slowly but surely shape it into something that has form, and if you’re lucky, merit.

This one is about halfway there, the big hooks have materialised, I have most of the lyrics, now I just need to do the long repetitive process of playing it over and over and over one zillion times until the finer details fall into place. There’s still a long way to go, lots of meandering crap that needs to be culled, a middle that doesn’t know what to do with itself, a chorus that doesn’t know where to go after it gets all dramatic. Just sort of ends up there, suddenly embarrassed about itself for losing it’s cool.

I’d better go fall into place myself… the warm soft place of noddy… kids won’t give a shit that I was up late ha ha

p.s. If I am going to actually use this website I’d better update it, it’s a bit of a turd really… my attention has been on Zuiiza.

2 Comments on Back In The Saddle

  1. Troy Dean
    June 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Love the transparency of this dude.

    With your voice, it doesn’t matter if your songs are only half finished, they still sound freakin’ awesome.

    Question: do you write lyrics before you pick up the guitar? I’ve always struggled with this process. I tend to write lyrics while I’m noodling on the guitar.

    Curious about you process.

    Keep hitting the publish button dude.

  2. Seamus
    June 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hey man, thanks, you’re always a such an encouraging dude 🙂 Songs come to me in different ways, sometimes the hook & the lyric hit me all at once, just bubble up while I am doing something and I know I have to get essence of it down while I have a chance (that’s one reason why I am excited about writing some new songs because I have like 50 ideas sketched out on my iphone, hummed into the thing pulled over at the side of the road or whatever). Sometimes I write some lyrics and the vocal melody acapella (spelling?) and then just work out what chords work. But the most usual way is I get the vocal melody over some chords or a riff and I make weird noises with my mouth until I get a line, then 3 then slowly build it up. The 1% inspiration is the easy bit, it’s the 99% perspiration to complete them that takes commitment (surprise, surprise) but I enjoy the process so it’s not a chore, more like an irrepressible urge to vomit songs that simply will not be denied. Also I never stop tweaking my songs, ever. I am still tweaking songs I wrote 20 years ago.

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