Tuesday, May 5, 2009

90 Days

Based on a few comments I've received, I think I need to clarify.
The title of this blog is 90 Days, and it is, as of now, also the title of my upcoming CD. But I have no ambition to complete it in 90 days.

I was a part of an online challenge during 2008 called "50 Songs in 90 Days". And I did it! I wrote 50 songs in 90 days. Not 50 good songs, but 50 songs. And I think some of them are pretty good! Of course, they need some work- but there's lots of great ideas there. So now, I'm beginning to work thru them, and I feel confident I'll have just the right amount for my next CD.

I recorded each song in one of 3 songwriting journals, and on a digital recorder. The other day, I took all of the songs, and converted them over to MP3 format and put them on my iPod. So the last few days, I've been taking walks and listening to these songs. Some I haven't heard once since they day they were written-- which has been well over half a year.
It's interesting to hear these songs now. Many of them, I've completely forgotten about and so they sound almost like someone else's songs to me. I'm not even sure what some of them are about. The editing process is going to be quite different than what I'm used to.

Typically, when I'm writing, I stick with a song until it's truly finished. I go back to it day after day, and play it and make sure it still feels complete. I make subtle changes here and there. But with a pace like "50 Songs in 90 Days", there's no time for that.

At this point, I'm hunting and gathering. Just listening to the songs. Seeing which ones stick, and which ones I want to just throw out. Pretty soon, it will be time to start preparing and cooking!

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