Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Collecting Lyrics

I finished the lyric for Nickeled and Dimed today while I was on the treadmill; I'd rather have been taking a walk, but the walkways around here are covered in ice. Some of my best writing comes when I'm not trying to write, though that's mostly true when I've done a lot of thinking and prep ahead of time, as I had with this song.

Neither this song nor I Jump is musically complete yet, but I'm homing in on it. I might have some time to work on it in the next couple of days since we're going to be snowed in. Or, I won't have any time at all because we're going to be snowed in. It's all a matter of timing, and when I need to shovel snow and how much school my kids miss.

Meanwhile, I'm moving on to new lyrics, for the song Living As If It Matters, if I can get a handle on it, and a song I thought up while I was working in probably the most boring job I've had since I got married. That song is called Perfect Little Robot. Like Wake Up Call and Disconnected, it's a little out of my musical comfort zone, which is something I try to do from time to time to keep my work from all sounding the same.

I'm also jamming on the next short story, The Cave Guardian. I've taken it in a completely different direction than the one I started with over 30 years ago. I like to think I've become a much better writer since then.

On the other hand, I'm beating myself up because I can't seem to get rolling on the video front. I have lots of ideas that are really hard to shoot in the Winter, especially this Winter. But I should be able to dream up some fun things that can be done on a tabletop or in front of my green screen. I just can't seem to make that happen. Right now, anyway.

But I'm determined. This can be done.

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