I’m about 7th in line
, and I’ll post a link when it’s done. Here’s the finished song – You’re Sure To Find Yourself.
The part I contributed was the 6/4 and 7/4 prog metal instrumental bit. It’s after the folky 6/8 bit with the “we can do what we want” sample. Unfortunately during the edit my part comes in too early but to be fair I was asking for it superimposing 4/4 over 6/8 (If you’re interested, here’s how it should have fitted together).
The second part of my series for Krown Media is up now. One of the reasons Christian’s make poor artists is they spend way too much time obsessing over their motives. Here’s a sample –
So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31) applies to all of us, no matter what profession. But have you ever noticed that Christian plumbers, Christian school teachers and Christian I.T. specialists don’t seem to suffer the same kind of paralysing bouts of self analysis that artists do? Maybe because they instinctively realise that in context and practice that verse is about outward actions, not inner motivation.
Great writing on writing
There are quite a few songwriting blogs out there that dispense really helpful advice. There are others that are so beautifully put together that reading them is a pleasure to be savoured. There’s only one that I can think of that ticks both boxes and that’s Nicholas Tozier‘s The Halted Clock. Check out his post Life Cycle of a Summer Song, Part 4: An Attempt at Self-Criticism for example.
Tozier wakes up in the morning, stretches, scratches at his unseemly body hair, and sits on the edge of the bed…He walks to the sink, where he definitely does not waste half a can of Barbasol by using the foam to make a giant Santa beard…Having accomplished a smooth jawline with only a reasonable amount of bleeding and crying, Tozier embarks upon the day’s errands.He …buys two beverages: Lady Grey tea, because he is a sensitive poet; and coffee, without cream or sugar, because he is a total badass.
…At exactly 8:30pm he hits the stage. The audience is hushed, perhaps intimidated by his awesome punctuality.
Visit Tozier’s site to see what this has to do with songwriting.
Lastly, and still on the Tozier tip, I got to round out the series of posts (44 and rising) which I’ve done about the Abbey Road album with a light hearted chat with Nicholas over at Beatles Songwriting Academy.