The quest to write, record, produce and release a song a week. To read why I’m doing such a thing as well as being a full-time producer and musician for others, check out the first ‘A Song A Week’ blog post HERE.
A Song A Week is written by me, a songwriter and musician, but it appeals to people from all walks of life and professions, so no matter how you’ve found yourself here, try to take something from it and implement it in your own life.
Welcome to Week 18 of the A Song A Week blog. I’m going to dive straight in with how ‘In My Mind’ came to be…
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Turns Out I Don’t Know Anything…
Howdie! I trust you’re doing great today
I’ve been thinking an awful lot about what I was going to write in this blog entry because of two things… firstly, I think the subject matter of the lyrics is tough for me to talk about… secondly, I’m not so mad on the music and melody.
Well, turns out many friends and peers and strangers that offer me their opinion (whether I’ve asked for it or not… 9 times out of 10 I haven’t) on what I’m doing with A Song A Week think it’s one of the strongest overall yet. Please do let me know what you think whenever you want, I’m all ears!
I’m massively surprised by that, not because I think it’s a shit song – I really don’t, I wouldn’t have been happy releasing it otherwise. I’m most surprised because I think I’ve done FAR better, FAR more on point and FAR more listenable songs than In My Mind since I started doing this whole process that have barely raised any interest from those same friends, peers and strangers.
So, what does that say and why am I bothering to write about it?
Well, it’s just so interesting that if you spent say 5 days creating 5 different things, lets say landscape paintings – and you have 1 you REALLY love, 1 you REALLY hate and 3 that you like, show them to 20 other people, the one you absolutely love might not even end up getting noticed nearly as much as the one you hate or are indifferent about.
So there’s some mega eye opening things to take from In My Mind…
Firstly, whether you ask for an opinion or not, if you’re doing something creative and putting it out in the world to be enjoyed by people, you’ll be given an opinion, whether you ask for one or not. The majority of the time it’s positive and constructive (please note, I take helpful comments far more seriously than someone saying ‘I like that song’ and not being able to tell me why.) every now and again it’ll hurt a bit and other times you just have to ignore it.
Secondly, I thought In My Mind was a ‘James Milner’, a 7 out of 10… James Milner is a footballer (soccer player for those readers over the pond) who is just always pretty good, rarely dazzles but equally hardly ever puts a foot wrong. But the amount of positive feedback I’ve had has been great. I’m still convinced I’m better than In My Mind, but it’s pretty great that it’s obviously touched some peeps. Thanking all of you for that.
Thirdly, the thing I go on about so much and am acting on constantly when I’m songwriting,, recording, producing, arranging, mixing, mastering, hell even writing these blogs is going with your gut obviously works. Even if that instinct is telling you to stop what you’re doing and try something else, or to just keep going because you think there’s SOMETHING in there, then just do what feels right at the time… within reason, obviously!!! I nearly didn’t carry on with In My Mind, but I could tell there was something in it.
The Future of A Song A Week
Just also want to say that I think these shorter, philosophising entries are better than the ones that I walk through how the song was made. That’s what I do with the PODCASTS and the format works better in both forms doing them this way around.
I’ve tried both many times now and so if you want to carry on knowing and really getting into detail about the songwriting and production of each song, then make sure you listen to the PODCASTS. They’re really fun, promise!
People keep saying ‘So at the end of the year you’ll have 52 songs’ and the funny thing is, I’ve never thought of it like that, I’m just gonna keep going and going and going. I’ll be on tour and holiday and things will inevitably go wrong in my life at some point so I’ll have to miss a week or two here and there, but I just want to keep doing this, sharing the experience, hearing your (constructive) feedback and hopefully one day down the line get heard by even more people.
I wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t for you lot getting in touch and following what I do though, so thank you so much and please keep those (constructive) opinions coming.
Peace and happy music making x
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Peace and happy music making.
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