Starting with the easy thing or the hard thing? that's up to you to decide. I'd recommend knocking back the easiest tasks first, the ones that would take the least time to accomplish. The more difficult tasks might require some incubation time, new skillsets, or a network of friends to help you out.
Do the work
Something is better than nothing
It doesn't have to be perfect
You'll get better with time
See a door, open a door, you don't have to step through it right away. Check to see what's on the other side. If you see potential there, then start moving.
the decision to take action - It starts with a choice. Remember the words we use in our own minds carry weight.
The language we use in our internal dialoge affects our reality. No seriously. No more of this Someday i hope to ____. A better line of conversation is I am ____. These are called affirmations, and next time you catch yourself using language like hope, want, trying to, etc. Catch yourself and think about it for a moment. Are you trying to do something? or are you Doing it?
going through the motions - Consistency of effort
once you understand what you want, the next step is to follow through. How many artists I know don't do this. I was guilty of it myself. It's called Failure to launch syndrome. I get it, it's easier to just push your ambition aside and play some video games. Next thing you know it's 10 years later, and have to bust-ass to make up for lost time. If you're not doing something every day, start with 1 thing. If you're already doing something every-day, then start doing 3 things every day. It'll take dedication and preparation, but you can do it. Start Now.
Welcome To the Blog. Today we're talking about songwriting and composition. I've been capturing ideas for an irish Jig.
banjo jigs and reels with Ol'brother Paul
We started off our run by approaching the plan with a song idea.
Three parts, we'll call them parts A B and C.
The main lick. the kind of lick that was meant for a Tenor banjo. We didn't have much else to go-on Except a sloppy old recording found in the Archives. So knowing only the root of the song was a big-ol' D chord, we set off to lay down some Banjo tracks.
An ascending lick with a change of tone-centre. It took me a minute to figure out what was happening, but if I could add an A-chord over top of this new riff, It could bring a much-needed change of energy to the song. I'll figure out the exact chord-progression during my practice session later. For now, It's a good idea, lets capture it...
This part came later. Paul got back to me with a new idea for an outro for the song. This one feels more like a slow-down after a late night celebration. He wrote the part for the mandolin... Sounds great! lets do it.
Same idea, new theme different instrument, but hear how it sounds on that banjo too. lay these down on separate tracks, to see if we can combine them in cool ways later.
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Spending the week tracking a new one. thought i'd share
Hey welcome back! Here's a new one i've been playing with in my spare time. A video Series chronicling the creation of this song. Pretty straightforward right?
Hey everyone Cody here with some more blog action.
this month has been exciting, working with Ol'brother Paul on several projects including the 'Paulcast' and the reunion of the way out.
Got a chance to talk to Solid Smith about his chip tune project. Chip tunes are a really interesting little micro-genre. Imagine 8-bit video game music, very technical, with interesting hooks and progressive and metal-esque themes. These songs were built in a web app (beepbox.co) with a discord community with contests and stuff. Sounds interesting?
Yep, Edgefest happens every year. It's a great little festival and the proceeds help needy folks in our (100 mile house) community.
This year we had 'I'm Not Steve' who plays Acoustic with Cajon drum harmonica, tambourine. I really enjoyed his originals and he had a great voice for bluesy rock.
Headlining the show once again, was Space Waste. who are planning to get some open-mics happening (again locally) but sadly they are losing one of their band-mates to re-location due to work. Don't worry though. The core of their band (Aaron Tim and Chuck) are still going strong.
I'm excited what these folks will bring musically in the next little while...
b o x f i r e
Patrick (aka None the Weiser) is polishing up some tracks for his latest project, a dubby, electronic-style album under the name box-fire. As Pat and I are both Tree-planters I get the reference, imagine burning hundreds of 2' x 4' boxes coated in a waxy fuel-source. It's bright, it's impressive.
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