Showing posts from January, 2009

More co-writing experiences

Songwriting with others: During this past week I have not let any opportunity to co-write slip by. After work a colleague saw me tuning up my guitar and said to me "I have an idea for a song for you." I started to jot notes down as he talked to me about his life in NYC right now. I tried to get him to speak at least a full page of ideas straight out of his mouth without any editing as raw materiel to start with and to try to find a focus on a main theme, idea or starting point. I usually get some sort of lyrical hook and a melodic framework in and around the same time when I'm writing. This particular questionnaire method is a good way for me to write with others so far - I like to spill the guts and pick through the entrails for the pearls, gems and like the Roman priests get a sense of the future - beware the ideas of March! He described his life as a Pendulum swinging back and forth as he tries to hold on to his life and also his frustration in general. After I

Work, work, busy, busy

- I'm still writing: songs that is! Well since I last wrote I have continued to work on co-writing which showed me a good side to my work method - speed. AC is more measured and structured - that's not me but I do note it as I pass by - "oh I need a bit here, that can be the Chorus and other self-talk as the process unfolds revealing another creative dawn. I have the ability to persevere at a single song writing co-write session and develop a fully fleshed song. Yesterday we wrote a song called The Unemployment Blue's with an accidental co-writer CL and last week with my usual co-writer AC I sat down with her guitar came up with a riff and encouraged her AC to pitch in so she did and came up with a gem - 'Get the hell out of here' ... so we proceeded to work through the verses, after we exhausted that I continued onto a more MAJOR pre chorus and chorus. It felt good if a little short so I later added some extra lines to extend the impact of the chorus repet

I am writing a musical

I never really thought about it but I realized I really like (some) Musicals such as "O Brother where art thou', Wiz of Oz, My Fair Lady, Willy Wonka and other fun and zany musicals like that and I love writing songs so I have put them together thanks to the idea of my co-writer Miss A.C. We are writing and developing ideas one or more musicals using our already fab songs and some more that we are working on right now. 'Work: the musical' and 'Love Sucks: the musical' are the working titles. I am really excited right now and am really psyched about the project. We are meeting regularly and we aim to have one finished by Mid March. There are 3 co-writes in process. 'Murphy's law' - when things always seem to go wrong (at work) , 'Don't give up the day job' - that hopefully will be about the discouraging friend damning our songwriting dreams with faint praise and finally 'That's business' which is the most brutally funny one

Goals Aims for 2009

Write Musical about Work and/or Love using Songs I have already and some more co-written ones. Record piano tunes professionally with rhythm section backing band. Record more home demo's and more pro demos with a variety of people and places Do 1/2 gigs of any sort per month Put out 1/2 CD's - mastered professionally with graphics for cover-art, merch and web Set up alternate business to do e-commerce setups for 3rd parties to support musical output - Linked-in Co-write with AC. Promote Laughjohnlaugh online in all channel's - use adverts on my blogs and other sites Go on Tour of New York City, State, Tri-State, College and Ireland to promote my CD - Radio/TV/Papers Design Merchandise for sale at gigs Work harder at marketing Be more confident in every aspect Do more music related courses like the Berklee Online Courses Start a small TV show on BCAT - with humor and other practical spots - cookery technology etc for example Interview 1 musician /songwriter per

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