FAWM 2022

FAWM 2022 is over and I exceeded the 14 songs by 1 – lol!

I’ve compiled them into an album on BandCamp just to show my accomplishment. I wanted to get this done before my new iMac with the M1 chip arrives. Yes!

All of these were created using Logic Pro except for the last one, which was created on my new iPad Pro (M1) after my old iMac pretty much died. It’s a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to genre, but I think it shows my growth. I’m looking forward to pursuing yet another direction in 50/90.

Silence of the Night (#poem #lyrics #FAWM)

FAWM (February Album Writing Month) 2022 begins in 10-11 days and I find myself jotting down my song ideas in poetic/lyrical fashion. Well, just this one, so far. I’ve been worried that I haven’t been that inspired lately, still a bit burned out after writing 60 songs for 50/90 last summer, but maybe this one will kickstart more to come.

“Silence of the Night”

In the silence of the night I seek you
The lonely car shines the light
Bringing you into view
Funny how tires on a road
Trigger the truth I already know
That in the silence of the night I hear you

“Stop” in Logic Pro vs Ableton (#Music #Production)

So yesterday I said I was having such fun playing around with creating a track in Ableton Live and Push 2. You can hear it here.

Well, I couldn’t just leave it there. As I often do, I just had to import the tracks into Logic Pro mainly because I wanted to add some harmony vocals and I prefer doing vocals and arranging in Logic.

Notice how I’m inspired to spin a track with a different vibe depending on which DAW I’m using. Here’s today’s version in Logic.

One seems to be more of a dance track, while the other is more of a jazz number. Hmmm… wonder which one I should pursue… Do you have a preference?

 

First Monday of 2022 #Ableton #Push #Max4Live

I told myself I really should focus on Ableton Live and Push in 2022. That I really mustn’t waste the money. That it should be considered my Christmas present, even though I got Push during 50/90. Only I was too busy writing 60 songs to do much with Push.

And so today I had a blast playing around with programming drums and bass in Push, throwing a Max Live reverb onto the vocals. It’s just a start, but at least I’m moving forward.

Why Dance Music Is Important

I was reading one of those end of year posts somewhere online and it was stating how dance music is important and how difficult it has been during this time with the clubs closed. And perhaps there were other ways we could dance.

That got me to thinking about why I love to create dance music when so many articles and documentaries talk about the importance of storytelling in song and that’s what stirs people’s emotions and that’s the number one goal in creating music.

Ouch! I started wondering why I love dance music. Am I that vapid? I had never thought of myself that way and I don’t think anyone else would either. Am I avoiding emotion? Hmmm… and then I thought about my history with dance music taking me back to my pre-teen/teen years. Like whenever I got to be in the house alone, I would crank up the family stereo and dance to my favorite music. As I got older, that meant staying home when the family went off on camping trips.

I couldn’t always have the stereo and the house to myself, so when I reached driving age, my car became my dance floor.

And by the time I was in my twenties, Disco was big and I pretty much lived at Earthquake Ethel’s. So why was that?

My dance partners thought I wanted something other than dancing. “I can tell you want me by the way you dance.” That was the furthest thing from my mind and became the inspiration for the “Don’t Touch Me” song I wrote for 50/90 this past year.

So why did I love to dance back then? No doubt music and drums run through my veins, having discovered I come from a big musical family. But it’s more than that natural love for moving to music.  Off the dance floor I was the bookworm, shy, quiet, introverted, awkward in conversation, don’t look at me kind of person. On the dance floor I felt powerful, larger than life, in my element, somebody to pay attention to, comfortable in the spotlight, confident. Sexy.

So is dance music important? You bet it is. So no matter your plans for tonight, you can always find a dance floor, whether in a crowd (stay safe), home alone, or in your car.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Join the Screamie Birds Mailing List on Reverbnation

In my last post, I was a bit vague about my goals for 2022, but one thing I’m seriously considering is being more active on Reverbnation. If you’d like to join my mailing list, please click on my Reverbnation profile.

(I was hoping to insert the form here, but, so far, it doesn’t work within a WordPress.com account – only .org).

Thank you so much!

See you in ’22!

 

2021 Accomplishments, 2022 Goals

I couldn’t let this year pass by without acknowledging what I’ve accomplished artistically in 2021.

The top 3 accomplishments of 2021 are:

  1. FAWM (February Album Writing Month) in February – write 14 songs during the month of February. I believe this is the first year I met that goal
  2. 50/90 (write 50 songs in 90 days – I wrote 60) – meeting that goal was also a first for me – my top 12 (plus a bonus track) were uploaded as an album on Bandcamp.
  3. NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) – I managed to use all 12 of my membership feedback credits, which is another first for me

The top 3 goals for 2022:

Upgrading my Reverbnation account to Pro for 2022. As for the rest, I haven’t really locked this down yet. Under consideration:

  1. FAWM
  2. 50/90
  3. NSAI
  4. Ableton Push
  5. Fiction

As vague as usual when it comes to writing vs music. Some things I will just have to let unfold.

Wishing you all the best in 2022!