Welcome, friends! In the case of some of you, welcome back! This is the new home of “New Song Weekly,” an endeavor started last year, which I thought worth attempting again this year. The idea is to write a new song every week and post a video to the web, thus challenging myself to be song-writing and honing my skills regularly, as well as keeping a consistent dialogue with the public so that even when I am not gigging, my music can gain exposure.
Last year I made it a little overly tough on myself, setting up a “fancy” backdrop and trying to externally mike the audio and then sync up with the video. It was kinda insane. That probably has a lot to do with why I only ever got six songs out there in 2009! This year I am taking a new and simplified approach, and I hope that I will make it through all fifty-two weeks with as many songs to show for it.
In addition, I decided to add a song-writing blog to the equation. I don’t like to explain what my songs are about as a general rule (see the Gretchen Peters quote below–I feel the same way!), so that’s not likely to be the objective here. What I am hoping to do is give a little background info on the catalyst behind the song’s birth and a bit about the process of writing it. However, I don’t doubt that the occasional tidbit of explanation might seep out (or is it in?), so I’m going to post the info about each song a week later.
I think having too much information available about a song you’ve never heard before affects and influences the way you listen, and I don’t want to do that. I want you to come to your own conclusions, feel your own feelings, like or dislike each song for your own reasons. Then if you feel like you want to know what’s “behind the music” so to speak, you can come back a week later for the next new song, and read about the previous week’s song process, and gain some insight into what I was thinking about when I wrote it. For the same reason I won’t post lyrics right away either. I mean, if I did then we’d miss out on all that “excuse me while I kiss this guy” potential. And how else will I ever know if I need to work on my enunciation skills? So lyrics will appear next week along with some other fascinating tidbits about this week’s song.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I hope so! I’ve wanted to write a regular blog for some time now, and it’s been challenging trying to come up with a format that didn’t have me constantly toeing the line between personal and professional lives in a way that might be detrimental to either end. This seems like a nice compromise, and I hope it will be a funny and informative place you enjoy stopping for a few moments on a Friday afternoon or evening.
For now I’ll leave you with a quote from an interview with mega-song-writer Gretchen Peters (from www.songfacts.com):
“…in order to dig your teeth in, to get to the emotional space that you need to be, I don’t think that that necessarily means that you have to be explicit, or put every detail in. In fact, I think songs are better when they are a little bit more murky, or fuzzy around the edges. Let the listener participate, too, in other words. Let them put their story in.”
P.S. I know that the opening credits say 2009. It turned out to be a bigger job than I thought trying to update them, so just be patient. It will happen, but it might be a couple weeks. 🙂