music, writing

Planning For Creativity (Or At Least Trying)

I’ve been trying to gear up to do some more writing and songwriting once I finish my calculus exam, such as prepping my ideas and getting what I want to work on in order so that I can just work and write once I’m done. I’m getting some chords chosen for my songs so that I can choose instruments and drum beats for my songs, and I’m getting plot arcs in order for my writings. I’ve been a little dispassionate about my ideas lately, however.

I had such high hopes and I feel like my songs aren’t coming together the way I wanted. I wanted to make something different, but it feels so same old so far. Maybe once I get recording and I start playing around, it’ll find itself shifting to something more interesting. One can only hope.

I’m also going away in two weeks, so maybe I’ll even get some writing done while I’m away. I’m going away with my mom and both of us are writers, so maybe we’ll have some good late night writing sessions during those couple days. We’ll just have to see.

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Don’t Leave Me Dry

I sang in front of people the other day! I was nervous and forgot to record the first song I sang, which was Valerie as sung by Amy Winehouse, but I also performed High and Dry by Radiohead and did remember to press record on that one, so here’s me singing that!

I’d like to start doing open mics once in a while, perhaps. We’ll see. I’ve written a couple of new songs, and one of them is okay but I’m really proud of the other one so far. I think it’s going in a good direction, so maybe I could take that one for a spin in front of an audience some time. Anyways, that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Sorry if posts are slowing down, I’m doing Calculus in college this semester and math isn’t my strong suit so it’s stealing a lot of extra time and attention from me, as well as the fact that I’m trying to maintain at least a small amount of a social life. I’m also getting ready to transfer to a new University in September so I’ve got stuff going on there too, but I’ll try to make time to draw and paint in between that. I’m not as worried about music, songwriting is something that comes so naturally to me, I just do it so I never really fall behind. It’s harder to not sing and write songs quite honestly, haha! My writing is taking a bit of a backseat while I do some more reading to kind of study and brush up my writing skills, but I’m still writing here and there. I’ve started an Instagram account for this blog as well, so if you wanna see my art and music on the go, it can be found @a_melancholics_muses .

Thanks for reading and checking out my blog!

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Finding the New Sound

Lately I feel a bit like that episode of the Mighty Boosh where Vince and Howard play Spider Dijon and Rudy van Disarzio try to find the new sound for their band, the Bongo Brothers (minus the black/brownface).

Of course, this is a representation in a psychedelic, pseudo spiritual way that is obviously dramatized but trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing with your sound can feel just about as mystical and mysterious as this looks. So, naturally, I turn back to whatever I’m listening to to get some ideas.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the new Gorillaz album really has my attention lately. Lorde also just released her second album, Melodrama, and though I’ve only listened to the singles, I’m excited to hear the rest. It sounds like a really emotional, break-up album and I think I am going for a more emotional sound on certain songs so I’m taking cues from Lorde, for sure. So, while I’m not certain exactly what I’m going for, I’m probably gonna try to incorporate some piano and electronic sounds, but I don’t know if I want them to be the focus just yet. I’ve recorded a demo for one song, and it’s relatively simple in nature, but it’s a good songwriting warm-up I think. I’m interested to see what I come up with next and I hope I can make something I’m really proud of.

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I’ve been working on a playlist on Spotify to kinda help with finding the vibe, and it’s full of Gorillaz, Lorde, Marina and the Diamonds, and actually some Lady Gaga so far, so we’ll see what comes of it.

Thanks!

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Two Trees

Now that I’m doing a class again, my art has slowed down a bit but I’m still doing some here and there. So here’s a painting I started a week ago and just finished up today.

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And lastly, I’ve been watching lots of Kat Blaque’s livestreams in the past couple weeks and I didn’t know what/who to draw so I ended up drawing her. She’s a really intelligent lady (and gorgeous and colourful!) and when I’m not sure where I stand on things, her videos often give me a new perspective so I have a lot of respect for her and her work.

Live well!
‘Till next post.