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Los Ageless

I realized that I used to talk about what music I was listening to and I haven’t done that in a while. So, let’s begin with what’s new. St. Vincent released a new album just over a month ago called MASSEDUCTION and I like it quite a lot. Los Ageless and Masseduction are probably my favourite songs off of the album from the listens that I’ve given it. I like it, but it doesn’t necessarily feel ground breaking to me or whatever. I don’t feel like it revolutionized my way of thinking about songwriting or anything, but I still enjoy it.

I’ve also been re-listening to Lady Gaga’s Joanne album a fair bit. Again, I like it, but it’s not revolutionary or anything. I still think the songs are beautiful though

I’m excited to see what Bjork’s upcoming album will hold, as well as Franz Ferdinand’s next album. I haven’t got a lot inspiration to go off of lately, as you can see. I’m looking back for the time being, looking for inspiration in the usual places: Nirvana, the Strokes, Bjork, Jack White, etc. Bands/artists that I never really get tired of.

It’s not so bad. I’m probably going to be scoping out an open mic night this coming Saturday and if I get to like the people who run it, maybe next month’s open mic I’ll bring something of my own to sing. If I do, I’ll try to film it for this blog. We’ll see what happens with that.

I’m also trying some digital art so that I can hopefully replace the drawings on the header with better looking digital draw ones. That should be happening at some point in the future.

That’s all I’ve got for now though.
Thanks for reading!

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Melodic

Expect less frequent posts than in the summer on this blog. Fall semester has started and so I’m burdened with homework again, but thankfully my program allows me to be creative in many ways as well. If anything applies to my blog, I’l try to post that here but otherwise expect less posts in general.

I do want to get back to working on my music. I went to a great concert during the week and going to a show always inspires me to work harder on my music. I’ve always been more of a lyric writer who just enjoyed putting simple chords to some words. The words were the focus, but I want to change that now. I want to focus more on the music and make something more melodic and interesting. So that’s going to be my focus for the next little while. If I make anything, I’ll post it here.

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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.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/22tyz25e6xldkecnqqp76xdwq/playlist/4yCkrkZIyXgOuqmJQO8Tk8

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!