Not the progress I need, but perhaps the progress I deserve?
Two new song ideas in the works. Both ready for guitars. Both in odd time signatures.
Notice: No vocals. No melodies. No lyrics.
I’m a moron. Here, let me tell you why.
I can’t sing in the house when other people are home. I can’t do it, I just can’t. That’s not why I’m a moron though, that’s just back story. In recent years I have gotten around my vocalizing hang ups by recording in the car. I would drive the kids to whatever event they had that day, then park the car as far away from humans as possible, open up my computer, plug in a mic, and sing like the little birdies, all while pretending that no one can hear me. It’s worked out pretty well for me. Unfortunately, now that the older of the kids is driving my opportunities for car singing have diminished drastically.
Last night was an exception. One of the kids was at school until 9:00 pm. I had to pick him up but I got there about an hour early. I had my computer and my audio interface and a microphone and a warmed up set of pipes. I was ready.
Now I get to the moron part.
My home computer is a laptop. I have a swanky new MacBook Pro. It’s awesome. I love it. The one beef people have with the latest and greatest MacBook Pro is the lack of ports. It has four USB C ports and that’s it. No problem. I use a couple of adapters and BAM, all my stuff works.
Can you see where this is going?
As I was pulling into a parking spot, far away from the building, it hit me. I didn’t bring an adapter. My audio interface is USB 2.0. My port is USB C. They aren’t the same connection. Oh crap, what a moron. I was already to start writing some lyrics and some melodies and tracking some bad singing and I screwed up. I sat there in the car for an hour, listening to the audiobook version of Ready Player One. What a waste of time.
I tried to make up for it by working out the song forms for the three most recent ideas, and then recording the rhythm guitars. It turned into a kinda productive night, but for the second day in a row I completely blew my chance at taking a chunk out of the most difficult part of this challenge. I’m really not sure what I am going to do.
I currently have 16 songs in progress. All but one have rhythm guitars and are ready for vocals. I’m kinda screwed. I put in for a vacation day next week. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Wasted day. I had plans to add guitars and if lucky maybe a vocal or two. Nope. None of that. I noodled out another 12-bar idea, but that’s it. Day 15 is already a wasted disaster too. I think I need to book a vacation day next week.
Day 12 is easy to recap. Nothing. Nada.
Day 13 was close to a repeat of day 12, but I did manage to sneak in a little GarageBand time on my iPad late tonight. Two new ideas in the works. One might end up with a lot of acoustic guitar, but will probably turn out to just be clean electric… is it Stratocaster time? That is song idea #14. I told myself no 12-bar blues until at least song #15… so you guessed it, I started working on 15 as well, and it’s a 12-bar.
On the subject of Clapton, is this a board tape of a Cream show? Sweet!
I’ve been weirdly in the mood for Derek and the Dominos today, but not for the Layla album. Most of the songs here would have gone on their second record, had they held together long enough to finish, but I think some were for a possible Jim Gordon record.
Also, I can never remember if embedding YouTube links works in the WordPress app…