Sunday, December 4

Upping the ante

I have had a bit of writers' block since we finished tracking what will become the You're Not Alone EP and Under Summer Stars (our next full-length).  I just wasn't sure where to go next!  I had written one keeper tune and a few duds as of November, which is not a lot for four months.

But last week, I had a bit of an epiphany.  While reading Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, it occurred to me that I had a wealth of untapped material sitting at the ready: my 12-year relationship with my wife!

We've had a ton of great experiences: some downright magical, and some comical, but all particular.  I really don't know why I haven't used many of them yet.  Maybe I was waiting for my skills to grow.  In any case, out at dinner that night, I took a napkin and sketched out 11 song titles comprising the events from our relationship that seemed most song-worthy, in chronological order.

So for the first time, I'm approaching the next record with an overall plan - a concept!  And also for the first time, I'm writing lyrics first, which is a big change for me.  I've historically been a mood, then chords and melody kind of guy.  Lyrics always came last.  So this new approach is very disruptive and is affecting the results.  What's also great about having a concept is I can arrange the entire album as an album, since I know what's coming and in what order!

This is all very top-down and strategic, and I'm still not sure it'll work.  Watch this space. ;)