Monday, August 31, 2015

Not Quite

Okay, so I didn't manage to pull off another one-day song. There was just too much to do in preparation for my wife's birthday, and I couldn't give it the time I normally put in. But I did write something, and it felt good to be back at the guitar with my rhyming dictionary in hand.

Over the next week or so, I'll continue to work on the song, which is titled Do You Know How Much You Make Me Smile? I won't be at the guitar for a couple of days because I jammed a finger on my left hand while working on the deck, but I'll get all the words down and be back to playing as soon as the swelling goes down.

The kids go back to school tomorrow, and I'll be back to work soon after, writing songs and stories again. Hope you'll enjoy the results.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ready Or Not...

It's been a very busy few weeks, and none of the things I've been busy with have had anything to do with songwriting. Which means I'm kind of out of shape, musically and lyrically speaking. And yet, I think I'm going to have a go at writing a one-day song this week. Why this week, of all weeks, when the kids are still home and I have projects still in the works?

Let's just say it's a matter of inspiration. Not toward any one song idea, but just an inspiration to give it a try. If I manage to pull it off, with everything else (and it is not my number one priority this week), I'll give the particulars when I announce the song.

Meanwhile, back to my daily life.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Surprising Statistics

I was looking at my SoundCloud stats, and I noticed a very odd trend over the last couple of months. Although songs I mention on my tweets do get some attention, and I get a good number of plays on anything new, the most popular track of all my tracks is this one:

Now, I like this track, and I'm not ashamed of it. It was a class assignment for an online course I took from Georgia Tech that help me learn about Reaper, algorithmic composition, and several other technical aspects of making music. It was a demo of what I'd learned halfway through the class.

And for some reason, more than twice as many people have listened to it as have listened to any other track except this one:

And I honestly expect that this one gets a lot of plays because it has the same title as a song by Michael Jackson. Although The Man In the Mirror has gotten far more likes than Mixed Up Media.

I wish I knew what was sending so many more people to listen to my #1 track, because I'd love to send some of those same people to my actual songs.

Perhaps there is a message for me in here somewhere. I'm just not sure what it is.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hiatus, Kind Of

I haven't written anything in this blog since my boys started Summer vacation, much to my surprise. Although I shouldn't be surprised, because I hardly ever have any extra time during the vacation. Not only do the boys keep me busy, but emerging from the New Hampshire Winter and having some muscle at my disposal, it's time for me to get some projects done around the house.

Like helping my wife build a camping trailer, and building a deck in time for her birthday. Don't be too impressed; she's doing most of the work on the trailer that requires finesse, and the deck is guaranteed to be sturdy, but no carpenter would consider me a threat to his job. I'm a much better writer than I am a carpenter.

I have been working on the arrangements for Disconnected, and although the writing of my first novel is proceeding slowly, I am about to publish a new short e-book, a simple guide for both buyers and sellers of voiceover services on Fiverr, a book that I feel is needed based on some recent experiences with my own gigs.

There are a half-dozen or so undone songs rattling around in my head—and my Evernote account—that probably won't get touched until after our next-to-last campout of the season in September (the last one is at the end of October, which I've always thought was kind of pushing it in New England).

I've been very bad about making video, although I do have the excuse that the house is never quiet, not only because the kids are home, but because we absolutely have to keep the fans on. I sweat a lot when I'm doing my little voiceover gigs.

But it's coming to a close soon, and I hope that I'll have a fair bit of Autumn to work with before I have to worry about snow removal.