Excuses, Distractions and…look, Something Shiny!

Gas prices soaring and recent job changes,

My birthday party with shopping in stages,

This that and other things losing my muses,

These area few of my fav’rite excuses.

Distractions. Job changes. Preparing for and having my 50th birthday party. Having family stay with us for an extended period of time.

Wanting to blog but my head’s spinning and I can’t get out a single coherent thought, or at least one worth blogging about.

Feeling like I’m not alone in my own head (no, I’m not hearing voices, but more about that later). All of these things wrapped up with string, da da da, da da da, da da da dum.

Yeah it’s a broken record. For you kids that never had vinyl, it’s like when your CD has a scratch and it repeats…..oh never mind ask your Dad what I mean. (sigh)

There are million reasons to not write a song. Or call it excuses, whatever you prefer. Personally, I’ve always said:

A reason is an excuse to someone that just doesn’t want to hear it.

Frankly there are only two reasons that I can think of to actually write a song. You either have to, or you want to.

Over the past several weeks with planning my party and getting the house ready I felt I couldn’t write. It was either because I didn’t have time or I didn’t have ideas. That frustrated me to the point that I blamed my surroundings for causing it.
I realize now that I was still creating, but in a different medium.

As all that stuff was going on, I was finishing up the arrangement and final touches on the second song Mike Wich and I are doing for the Obsessions project.This one is a “boy being in love with girl, but she doesn’t know he exists” type of back story, but that’s just where it starts. The subject in this case is obsessed by the ultimate goal: to be united with his love no matter what.

It begins as a love song but as time goes on his obsession grows and he devolves into a maniac. He starts hearing voices and no longer cares about the safety of object of his love. Yeah, it gets kinda dark. ;-)

Here’s a link to the song page: Living in the Shadows


During my party my friend Laurie Riccobono and I were talking about possibly doing a Christmas album together. I guess in the back of my mind I was working on something because yesterday morning I was having my coffee, sitting at my computer with my guitar plugged into my Toneport and I wrote a little instrumental that could work as a pretty little Christmas tune.

To be honest I didn’t set out to write anything, it just came out of me trying to get familiar with all the new sound patches I just got for the Toneport. I picked up the Gold Bundle which has all the available model packs. I’ve got more sounds than I know what to do with at the moment.

I think that just because I was able to get different sounds out of my equipment, it may have been the Magic Lamp I needed!

Here’s a tip to try when you think you’re out of ideas: write a mini song. Take a riff or a phrase and make one change to it, repeat it a couple of times if you prefer, then stop. Don’t forget to record it though, no matter how roughly, as it’s going to be just a sketch. It’ll at least capture the mood of the moment, and you might be able to trap the Genie. ;-)

Here’s a link to an article from Steve Lawson in the Creative Choices blog where he talks about getting unstuck: Kickstarting Your Creativity.

Here’s another from the Soul of Songwriting blog:
Debunking the Myth of Inspiration

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Until next time, thanks for being patient.

9 Responses

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  3. t Says:

    Didn’t get a chance to wish you well on your 50th. Had a good excuse though, took the family to Italy…..

    Keep on doing what you love.

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