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Day 101: Beard On The Chin/Cold In The Head

Me and my GLW (good lady wife) seem to be playing head cold tag team. She’s just given me back the one I gave her two weeks ago which she probably gave me in late Feb. But I need to get back in the writing habit so I rubbed my nose with Vick Vapour rub and headed over the Shabby Road. Last night I uploaded the finished Slow Motion Riot album so that’s one box ticked but I still feel in this post FAWM fog.

Tonight I recorded a first pass at the song that now goes by the grand title of

The Facial Hair/Creativity Ratio Theorem (aka The Beard Song)

and I’ll try to do a video tomorrow. I’m in two minds about releasing stuff that I’ve just captured on the internal mic. I did a video, but no mp3, of Fat Flish which seemed to disappear without a trace, so I don’t know.

I guess I need to break out the studiospares catalogue and get ordering me some equipment…

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Fat Flish

Here’s my first real post FAWM song and my first attempt at iMovieing.
I often misread books at storytime for comic effect. “Reading it funny” is a big hit my two youngest kids Harpo & Zeppo. Fat Flish was an improvised song based on some book or other composed while sitting on the sofa with my two youngest fans . I later wrote up a couple more verses and here it is.

As I’m ‘between recording gear’ again there’s no demo yet but you can have the chord sheet if you want.

Fat Flish CHORD sheet pdf

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Day 92: Switching Songwriting Diets

Dragged myself off to Shabby Road and worked on the Fat Flish song for half an hour. Boy it felt so good.

This whole year is a learning curve and here’s today’s insight.

It’s like I’ve been on a weight watchers diet. Then I suddenly switched to the Atkins diet for a month. Then I stopped. And got confused.

My original plan was “go to the studio and write everyday and finish one song at a time”.

My Feb plan was “write every possible moment I can, everywhere I can, as fast I can”

Then FAWM ended and I was lost.

So now I’m going back to plan A.

Lessons learned –

A songwriting plan is better than no plan.
A bad songwriting plan you do, is better than a great plan you don’t do.
Two songwriting plans are worse than one plan.

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Day 90: Fat Flish

Today I was back in the saddle on the bus and a park bench writing lyrics for a kids song that Harpo & Zeppo drew out of my overgrown garden shed of a subconcious that starts “I’m a little fat flish simming in the swea” – yeah I know, you’re gonna love it. But at least it is a song and I am writing it and finishing it and blogging about it. So result.

And just so you know

Day 89 was a wipeout – after visiting the white porcelian wishing well every half hour all through the night, my muse held her nose and said “I simply cahnt work under these condition dahling” and flounced off to bother Nicholas Tozier.

Day 85 was a wipeout in a good way cos I was rockin out at the Vauxhall Griffin Pub, in erm Vauxhall, London in the fine county of Londonshire at the FOP. That’s FAWM Over Party. WLA!*

Hosted by the erudite and criminally friendly Johnny Cashpoint we ate, drank, jammed and forgot our lyrics. Hoopshanks was the best at forgetting his lyrics and in fact is better forgetting his lyrics than the rest of us are when we remember them. I had a great time jamming with Morti, Sentense & Hoops, and took part in final jam session where I can confidently state I was playing the same chord progression at least one of the 6 alternatives happening simultaneously. I have no idea of the title. I suspect no one else has either.

A good time was had by all. There may be videos, photos or police statements to prove this at a later date.

Here’s my set list

Let’s Build An Airport
You You You – with Sentense
If You’re Here This Morning – with Hoopshanks

Scores on the doors at the end of March. I’ve written 87/90 days. 27 songs.

WLA!* = We Love Acronyms!

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