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Friday
Sep092011

I did eventually finish doing the dishes.

Wow.  Yesterday was a strong day for songs.  But not until later in the day.  

That song I've been so excited about, "Beat of my Heart" hit a major roadblock.  I wrestled a verse to the ground over the course of an hour to both A) love it, and B) realize it doesn't belong in the song.  It's cool, but not what that song needs.  So I kept scrapping and writing, scrapping and writing, until I was just frustrated.  I finally said, "screw it" and just changed guitars and started trying to find something else.

And I did!  Pretty quickly I established another chord sequence.  It started out feeling rhythmically like "Beat of my Heart" but then gradually, as I uncovered a lyric, found its own pacing.  And it has got a crazy catchy chorus.  I'm so excited about it.  Right now it's probably titled "Out of Time".  Who knows.

I tell people often to set aside time to write.  Put it on your calendar, shut off your phone and computer and just write.  Don't wait for "the moment" to hit, because you can make that moment show up by putting yourself in its path.

HOWEVER, if that moment does hit outside of your pre-ordained writing slot and you have the opportunity to actually chase it.  DO IT.  Which is why, at 12:30 last night , three dishes in to clearing out the dishwasher, I ran to the living room, grabbed the old Yamaha acoustic that sits in there and wrote until 3.  

Yes, I am crazy tired today.  But I got a second verse to that "Out of Time" tune and found a structure and one of my favorite lyrics in a long while for an idea based on Adam in the garden and God saying, "It is not good for man to be alone."

This morning I got the girls ready for school and once they were off, took a short nap and flew to the studio to play guitar on the new Slugs and Bugs record, which was so fun.  Now, back at the studio after lunch, I've got about three hours to revisit what showed up last night.  Going to try to assess this pile of ideas and see if I can get one or two into an actual first draft of a full song.

Posting this blog and then…  COMPUTER OFF.  There's writing to do.

Reader Comments (3)

It's really neat to get to peek into your writing process like this. Thanks for bringing us all along the journey.
September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle
Perfect!!
September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJarred McCauley
I second Kyle.
September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Gaultney

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