Update on the songwriting adventure


How has everyone been doing? It has been a little while since my last post. What has happened since then is that I've taken a hiatus from writing novels and I'm giving my musical creativity the attention it deserves.

The update so far is that I've written a dozen songs, recorded seven of them in part or full, and I've submitted them for consideration for TV shows and recording artists. So far, none have been successful in being picked up, but the feedback I'm receiving is incredibly helpful in improving my recording and songwriting technique. I've also only been writing songs since November and submitting songs since March, and it's now the end of April. So as much as I want everything to happen straight away, it's going to take a little while longer.

I have a songwriting buddy. Panther loves to wander in while I'm singing and add his vocals to the mix. His melodic meow has been picked up in several recordings. 

One thing lyric writing has in common with novel writing is re-writes, as evidenced by the scratched-out bits on these lyric sheets. I usually make all my changes and then write them up neatly, then I will sometimes make more changes and once the song is recorded, I'll re-write them neatly. Before I chuck these out I thought I'd share them with you. Plus they're not fully finished yet. I've taken out bridges, added them in, scratched out verses, shortened and lengthened as necessary.

I've discovered that I write long songs, most end up near the 4-minute mark, some longer, so I've had to learn to become more succinct in telling the story. No fluffy prose. Right to the point.

But I am having a great time returning to my musical roots. I'll keep you updated as I go.

Bye for now.



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