Run, Run, Run

Ok, some rules of engagement to start the month. In these daily posts, I’ll mostly be posting lyrics, and possibly some production information or war stories from the composition and posting. What I thought went right and wrong, ideas that might not have made it into production in time, or things that might need to go away later. What I won’t be doing (very often) is discussing meaning. If it’s obvious what it’s about, then it’s obvious what it’s about. If it’s not obvious what it’s about, then it’s up to you to decide what it’s about. Run, Run, Run … Continue reading

February Madness

Song-A-Day 2019

Today marks the beginning of another Song-A-Day challenge. This will be my fourth year participating, and it has been a rewarding and educational experience in so many ways: My studio chops have gotten much better and faster. Songs and mixes aren’t as precious as they once were. “Failures” bother me far less (and aren’t always failures). I’ve learned how to pivot, sometimes radically, when an idea isn’t working. Other people’s processes have influenced mine, but also made me more confident that my process is my process, and it’s not wrong. My self-confidence has grown. Fear of sharing my music is … Continue reading

Hurt Me

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. Despite being in a good mood and writing a happy track the day before, I didn’t sleep well that night with stress dreams and restless “brain going at full speed” insomnia keeping me up. I finally gave up and got out of bed before dawn. Bleary-eyed and with cup of coffee in hand, I went out on the back porch and listened to the birds in the greenbelt behind the house. Since I was in a place of experimentation and trying new … Continue reading

SYS 49152

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. After an explosion of sleep-deprivation-driven production, I slept in on this first Saturday of Song-A-Day. I had a leisurely day, watched a movie, then headed into the studio. The positive response from I Get No Sleep had me in a really good mood, and that comes across in this track. I wanted to use more of the hardware synths I had in the studio, and decided to avoid using any loops or soft-synths, just as an exercise. No longer having access to … Continue reading

I Get No Sleep

Note: This post was written in 2019 and backdated to appear on the date the song was written. It’s finally Friday. The company I worked for closed on Fridays at 12:45, so I had an entire afternoon of bonus time for this song. Unfortunately, I had also already planned to have dinner with a friend that evening in Houston, 90 miles away. Each of the four previous songs had taken me right up until almost midnight to record, so I was getting maybe 5-6 hours of sleep a night, at most. Normally, it was less than that, and I was … Continue reading