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All done with NaSoAlMo 2007

November 24, 2007

Like I mentioned before, I want to go through the songs and make them better for a real album. But for the purpose of NaSoAlMo, let�s call this thing done. The MP3s are here. When I have a real album, I�ll probably take them down. Enjoy!

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The tentative plan

November 19, 2007

I�ve been listening to the eight songs I�ve �finished,� and there�s only one that I�m completely happy with. I�ve made notes about how to fix the rest. Fixes range from �stereo spread the guitar� to �re-record the whole darn thing.�

Most of these things are picky things, though. The voice of the inner critic that NaSoAlMo is intended to silence. So the plan is to finish the last song, �When Anaiya Smiles,� this coming weekend, and declare NaSoAlMo done based on the tracks as they are now.

After that, I have a wonderful set of songs to start with for my very first ever, recorded all by myself, real live solo album that I can send to CD Baby to sell and eventually see it show up on iTunes.

I�ve learned so much about recording and mixing over the last month, and I feel confident I can continue to learn. I can probably resurrect some of the things I started long before November and never could finish and maybe write a song or two more from scratch. Then perhaps even re-record some of my older songs that I recorded with an ex-boyfriend and make them my own again.

Such possibilities. smile

Tonight, I recorded a small string part on the chorus of �When Anaiya Smiles� and played around with a guitar solo. This will be a very simple track.

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Up too late with Blind Ignorance

November 18, 2007

I should be in bed since it's a work day tomorrow, but I couldn't stop messing with the music until I had an MP3 of Blind Ignorance to listen to. This is the first song I've experienced equipment problems on. I kept getting a dropout in Cakewalk (meaning the playback would stop unexpectedly) during the very short instrumental interlude. I was able to mix the song to a file, though. I'll listen to all the songs tomorrow, and see if there are any lingering sound problems I can't live with. There's a lot of noise during the short instrumental interlude in Blind Ignorance, but given the problems it gives me in Cakewalk, I'm not sure I want to deal with re-recording it right now. It could be a real time sink.

All that's left is recording vocals for When Anaiya Smiles, add other instruments as desired and mix and master it. Then all that's left is extra icing on this cake if I want it.

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Two songs left

November 18, 2007

I finished �I Don�t Wanna Be� and �The Housewife�s Lament� this afternoon. I have two songs left to deal with: �Blind Ignorance� and �When Anaiya Smiles.� I still need to record the vocals for Anaiya because I got too sick to sing before I finished it. I�m not sure I quite finished the guitar on that one, either. I�ll probably work on Blind tonight after I run get something to eat. I�m not really going to run. I�m going to drive.

I might be an overachiever and do another song before the month is over. I don�t know if I have another one in me right now, but I can try with no pressure at all.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:13
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:30
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:36
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:12
NaSoAlMo 9: When Anaiya Smiles 3:14

29:58 minutes

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Dear, Dear Adam done

November 18, 2007

I fixed a problem I heard with the piano and finalized the track. Enjoy! Dear, Dear Adam.

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Time to stop for the day and Tell Him No

November 17, 2007

I have done much work today, so I need to stop and go to sleep or something. I should eat something first. After getting "Dear, Dear Adam" filled out, I spent the rest of the evening adding bass to "Tell Him No" and mixing and mastering it. Wow... I love that song.

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Dear, Dear Adam filled out

November 17, 2007

I sat down with "Dear, Dear Adam" this evening and added bass and piano. I'm so glad I was able to figure out a little piano accent to at least one of the songs. It sounds pretty. I might post it tomorrow. I need to listen to the final product some more to see if anything is annoying.

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Madam Mam's Thai Cuisine, just for you

November 17, 2007

Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine is ready. I tweaked the mix on other two songs I had "finished," too. I learned a little about how to make them sound better with an EQ plugin, but I also learned what works on one song might not work on the next, so it's like starting over every time. tongue I worked out some of the problems that were bothering my ears, though. I replaced the files on my Web site.

I'm not sure what I'll work on next. I can't sing because it will throw me into a coughing fit. I feel like playing bass. That's usually satisfying.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:13
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:15
NaSoAlMo 9: When Anaiya Smiles 3:14

30:01 minutes

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Trying and failing to learn about EQ

November 17, 2007

This morning, I decided to look up some information about EQ (equalization) because my songs are hurting my ears and some of the parts seem lost. Sometimes my harmonies sound like they're creating dissonance with my lead vocals or something. I don't know exactly. I'm sure there's a lot of other yuck stuff going on that hurts my ears, too.

I knew this idea might result in further frustration, and that's exactly what happened. This is what makes me not want to do music. I'm a loner, and I want to make music all by myself from start to finish. But I don't have the ears to diagnose problems and fix them. I just know when something bothers my ears. And my songs bother (really hurt) my ears.

Blah blah blah. Anyway.. here's what's frustrating me right now. I search for EQ for beginners or mastering for beginners or mixing for beginners, and this is an example of the crap I get:

bq. Try starting with a moderately low Q (wideish) with the gain right down, and sweep the low mids until you hear the tight round low end and no muddiness at all.

WTF does that mean? I understand the first 7 words and the last 5 words. Everything in between is *NOT* for beginners.

I'll try to go back to making music and not worrying about what it sounds like because that's what this project is about.

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Madam Mam's is close to ready

November 16, 2007

This evening, I recorded bass for Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine. Then I sat at my keyboard and tried to find a flute sound to add, but that didn�t work out. Then I tried to figure out a piano part to no avail. I walked away for a while and it occurred to me that I should try to add some drum beats. I tried� didn�t work. I started to get discouraged, and then I remembered this is supposed to be fun, and if I can�t think of something to add without frustrating myself, then the song is done. So there.

I mixed it and made an MP3, but I�m going to let it sit overnight and listen to it on the way to Madam Mam�s tomorrow. I�m sleepy, and I�m so happy it�s the weekend.

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Salt and Pepper ready for your consumption

November 16, 2007

Salt and Pepper is available now. My ears hurt from listening to music in headphones so much, and I have 7 more songs to do. Ouch. I think tonight, I'll work on the bass part for Madam Mam's. It's a little more upbeat, and should be a lot of fun.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:13
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:15
NaSoAlMo 9: When Anaiya Smiles 3:14

30:01 minutes

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Salt and Pepper sufficiently spiced

November 15, 2007

Tonight, I added bass and a little bit of lead guitar to "Salt and Pepper." It'll be a nice contrast with "Lunch with Brian" as it's a slower paced song with a melancholy feel.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:13
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:15
NaSoAlMo 9: When Anaiya Smiles 3:14

30:01 minutes

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No work at all tonight

November 14, 2007

I fell asleep on the couch watching a recording of last week's "Grey's Anatomy." My cold has traveled into my chest. *cough*

Hopefully, I'll be able to sleep through the night and be rested enough to resume work tomorrow night.

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Pressing on despite the illness

November 13, 2007

I�m not a big fan of �the show must go on,� but I�m having too much fun to let this cold slow me down much. I recorded the guitar for �When Anaiya Smiles� tonight. I must have played slower than when I first estimated the time because it turned out to be over 3 minutes long. When I finish vocals on Anaiya, I�ll be ready for the next phase on all the songs: finish adding instruments, mix and master.

Take a look at the titles below, and let me know which one intrigues you the most (if any, heh). If one stands out among you, I�ll work on that one next. My friend Julie at work would like to hear �Salt and Pepper� next.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:15
NaSoAlMo 9: When Anaiya Smiles 3:14

29:59 minutes

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This cold is kicking my NaS oAlMo

November 12, 2007

If I felt better tonight, I'd record the basic tracks for the song I wrote yesterday, but my head is stuffy, and I have a sore throat. I should probably go to bed early.

Would anyone like to hear a song? Assuming at least one person will say yes, here's an MP3:

Lunch with Brian

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One song wrapped and the last song written

November 11, 2007

I wrapped up "Lunch with Brian" and presented it to Brian. He said he thoroughly enjoyed it. I still laugh everytime I listen, and I've listened to it about a million times. Of course, it's funny because, as Brian said, "We've lived it." happy

Brian invited me to have dessert tonight with him and some of his friends at one of our favorite restaurants, so I'll take a break in a little while and go have some yummy food.

I also finished writing NaSoAlMo #9: When Anaiya Smiles. This one was written at Madam Mam's, Starbucks and finished at home. It'll cover the last 2.5 minutes I need for the required album length. If I add a bridge (which I should), it'll be even longer.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:15
NaSoAlMo 9: When Anaiya Smiles 2:30

29:15 minutes written
Done writing!

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Today's plan

November 11, 2007

I want to write the last 2.5 minutes of the album today. That'll be NaSoAlMo song #9. I think I'll brainstorm lyrics first like I did with "Dear, Dear Adam" and "Lunch with Brian." Those two are my favorite songs at this point. That's so interesting to me because I've never done lyrics first before this project.

My recorder only has 8 slots for songs, so after I write #9 and before I record it, I'll have to finalize all the tracks for at least one previous song, back it up to CD and delete it. I'll probably do that with "Lunch with Brian" because I want Brian to hear it soon.

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Dear, Dear Adam recorded

November 11, 2007

I went over to my friend's house for the start of music night. I hadn't been for a couple of weeks and didn't want them to think I quit them totally. It was great seeing them, but I left at 10:00, when they were just about ready to start the music. I was anxious to get home and start recording "Dear, Dear Adam."

I recorded guitar a little differently. I had been using a mic on previous tracks, but this time I plugged straight into the preamp. I wish I had done that on the other tracks because it sounds better. I don't have good mic-ing technique.

Anyway... I got the guitar recorded. It alternates between picking and strumming. Then I recorded vocals. Three parts in a couple spots. It's a really lovely song, I think.

Just one more song to write, and then it's down to filling out the songs with more instruments and mixing them.

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Dear, Dear Adam

November 10, 2007

I got an idea for a song years ago, but never wrote it until tonight. For this song, I sat at my computer and composed in MS Word. It�s an ode to Adam Duritz and his Counting Crows music. He writes about women sometimes. In later songs, you know the women because now that he�s famous he knows famous women. Courtney Cox and Monica Potter are two of them.

In the older songs, all you know are names. Margery, Anna, Amy and Elizabeth. Those women intrigue me. I remember seeing him behind the Frank Erwin Center in Austin after a show, and someone asked him who Anna was. He wouldn�t say.

I�m glad I didn�t write it before now. I was able to put a reference to something that happened in my life about a year ago that makes the song more personal for me.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20
NaSoAlMo 8: Dear, Dear Adam 4:15

26:45 minutes written
2:24 minutes to go

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Blind Ignorance recorded

November 10, 2007

I recorded vocals and a short bridge with just lead and rhythm guitar for NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance. My ears hurt. That happens when I listen to stuff through headphones too much. I think I'll watch football on TV for a while because my energy is zapped.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: Blind Ignorance 3:48
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20

22:30 minutes written
6:39 minutes to go

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Blind Ignorance

November 10, 2007

I took my iPod with the guitar track I recorded last night to Madam Mam's for lunch. While I ate, I listened and wrote a couple of pointed, angry verses.

Then I went to Starbucks. On the drive there, the beginning of a chorus came to me: "I've got to hand it to you. It takes a lot of nerve." With that in my mind, I ordered a grande decaf whole milk mocha in a mug and a peppermint brownie. The cashier must have been new because it really threw him for a loop that I ordered my mocha in a mug. He had to ask someone else where the mugs were. Then a cute Barista who exhibits a lot of confidence made my drink. I sat at a table and wrote the rest of the song.

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Running out of steam a little

November 9, 2007

I almost didn't work on music tonight because I'm exhausted. An aside: I've always wondered how people have the energy to go out and do things on Friday night after a whole week working (for those who work a Mon-Fri week). Even in college, I was too exhausted on Friday nights to do much while all my friends were PARTYING.

Anyway... I made myself record the guitar part for the music I wrote the other night. I'm not sure it's a keeper, but I'll put it in my iPod and see if I can come up with lyrics. I'd really like to have all the music and lyrics written for the album by the end of this weekend. Then I'll start beefing up the songs with more instruments and vocals and begin the painful process of mixing.

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Six tracks recorded on Brian's song

November 8, 2007

Tonight, I recorded lead vocal, two harmony tracks, bass and rhythm guitar for "Lunch with Brian." It's pretty awesome. heh

I probably need to set that song aside, though, and get back to writing. With 10:27 left to write, I'll probably need to do three more songs. One 3 minute song is half written (no lyrics yet). If it's a keeper, I've got about 7.5 minutes of music to write plus 3 sets of lyrics. To me, that still feels daunting, but we'll see what the weekend brings.

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Like a music box

November 7, 2007

I woke up this morning with music running through my head. Music has been running through my head constantly since I started this project. This morning, though, I had the "Lunch with Brian" song going with a twist. Instead of the guitar background I usually do, there was a tinkly, music box kind of music going. That got me thinking that I should fire up my keyboard and attempt to lay the foundation of the song with that. I'm pretty sure I've *never* done a keyboard foundation before.

So tonight after work, I did just that. Not only that, but I experimented with the metronome on my recorder and learned how to make it change tempo during the song and change back. I wanted one special verse to be slower than the rest.

I ended up recording around 4 minutes, so this is the longest song on the album, so far. I haven't recorded vocals yet, and I'm praying my voice holds through this nagging allergy attack or cold or whatever it is.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: untitled music waiting for lyrics [no time yet]
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian 4:20

18:42 minutes written
10:27 minutes to go

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Lunch with Brian

November 6, 2007

This evening, I didn't feel like exerting myself by playing guitar or singing. I feel like I have a sore throat coming on, and I'm hoping it's just lingering gunk from the cold I had a couple weeks ago. I'm sucking on a zinc lozenge just in case.

I had the seed of an idea for a song, though, so I sat at the dining room table and jotted notes about lunch experiences with my friend Brian. We went to lunch today, and I was in a foul mood. I marveled at how patient he was with me.

So I wrote a song for him chock full of inside lunch jokes. Eight verses, a chorus and three chords. Three good old major chords: C, G, and D.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife�s Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01
NaSoAlMo 6: untitled music waiting for lyrics [no time yet]
NaSoAlMo 7: Lunch with Brian [estimated at about 3 minutes]

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Work Gets in the Way

November 5, 2007

It was hard going to work today and losing the NaSoAlMo momentum I built up over the weekend. I even considered taking a day off later this week, but there isn't a good day to be gone from work.

I got a couple ideas for songs during the day, but I'm not sure if they'll develop into anything. One is about capitols and the other is about the Texas capitol cafeteria (inspired by my friend Brian). A spin-off idea of the cafeteria song is a song about the places Brian and I go to lunch.

I wrote a Spanish sounding rhythm guitar part this evening with plans to do a guitar solo interlude in the middle. I'm not a guitar solo kind of girl, but it's NaSoAlMo... I figure I can step out of my comfort zone.

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Cover song done

November 4, 2007

I'm allowed to do one cover song. I didn't have it in me to write another song tonight, but I thought I might be able to start a cover song. I wanted to do an old traditional folk song so I wouldn't run into copyright problems. I found one I didn't know called The Housewife's Lament. I learned it, recorded some picking guitar, strumming guitar and vocals. I even did three part harmony in one spot and a sound effect in another.

The beautiful thing about this challenge is that I'm not worrying too much about a perfect recording or perfect lyrics. I'm just doing what feels natural and having a blast.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35
NaSoAlMo 5: The Housewife's Lament (traditional folk song) 3:01

14:22 minutes written
14:47 minutes to go

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Hiccups gone and one more song

November 4, 2007

My hiccups disappeared while I was watching �Grey�s Anatomy.� Maybe it was all the crying. That show always makes me cry.

After the show, I finished the lyrics for NaSoAlMo song #4 and recorded it. This one�s different from the other three because the foundation is me picking on my little Tacoma Papoose. The other three are strumming on my big acoustic.

One thread that runs through all the songs is that I speak at least one line. In #4, I speak a whole verse.

Titles and times:
NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine 3:04
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper 3:11
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No 3:31
NaSoAlMo 4: I Don�t Wanna Be 1:35

11:21 minutes written
17:48 minutes to go

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NaSoAlMo Interruptus

November 4, 2007

This project is temporarily suspended due to a bad case of the hiccups. Full body jerk hiccups. The good news is that I went to La Posada for breakfast (2 pancakes and a bacon and egg taco) and brainstormed lyrics for NaSoAlMo song #3. I'd planned to listen to the track on my iPod while I ate, but I forgot to take my headphones.

iPod - headphones = worthless

When I got home, I sat at the dining room table studying the notes I'd written at the restaurant and wrote lyrics. I stared out my window to the backyard watching butterflies while I worked things out. Once written, I recorded vocals and transferred them to my laptop for mixing later.

When the hiccups subside, I'll work on NaSoAlMo song #4.

Song titles so far:

NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam�s Thai Cuisine
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper
NaSoAlMo 3: Tell Him No

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I couldn't stop myself

November 3, 2007

I took a short break from the music, but couldn't get it off my mind. So I transferred the vocals I recorded earlier to my laptop where I'll mix them with the guitar into a real song later.

Then, as I was sitting at my computer goofing around, some lyrics came to mind which are the basis of NaSoAlMo Song #4. I rarely write lyrics first. In fact, I don't know if I've ever written lyrics first before.

I got my little Tacoma papoose guitar to work out the chords. This is a good ol' standard three chord song with all simple major chords. Usually, I pick out odd chords for which I don't know the proper names.

Anyway... I really am stopping for the night now. I'm glad I have another day tomorrow to play with music. Goodnight, all.

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Time to take a break for the day

November 3, 2007

After writing and recording a third guitar track (no lyrics yet), I think it's time to take a break for the evening. I'm so pleased with my progress. I've got 9:45 minutes of music almost all written. I'll try to write lyrics for the third song tomorrow and record the vocals. At this rate, I only need to write 6 more songs.

If I can get all the songs written with guitar and vocals recorded by Nov. 18, that'll give me the rest of the month (with a Thanksgiving break) to add other instruments and polish things up.

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Second song fully written

November 3, 2007

I finished the second song, and as suspected, abandoned my theme. Maybe half the album will have a theme, or maybe I'll have two interweaving themes. Or maybe I'll just stop thinking about themes and write some songs. smile

I finally got some stuff out of my system about relationships. The conclusion: crushes are better than boyfriends.

I didn't expect to have two songs fully written by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3. I think I'll go record vocals now and see what comes next.

Song titles so far:

NaSoAlMo 1: Madam Mam's Thai Cuisine
NaSoAlMo 2: Salt and Pepper

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One song fully written and a tentative theme

November 3, 2007

I went to Madam Mam's Thai Cuisine for lunch today and instead of reading a book while I waited for my meal, I listened to one of the rhythm guitar tracks I recorded last night and jotted notes for possible lyrics. By the end of the meal, I had a definite plan for the song and a possible theme for the album. I�ll keep the theme a secret until later because I might want to abandon it and revealing it this early will make me feel committed. I already have an idea for a song that doesn�t fit the theme, but it might be fun to try to work that idea into the theme somehow anyway.

When I got home from lunch, I sat at the dining room table with notebook paper, my iPod and a pencil and wrote lyrics for the first song.

Next, I think I�ll try to write lyrics for the second song. If I get stuck, I�ll record the vocal for the first. This is really fun.

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Make that 6:15 minutes

November 2, 2007

Last night, I said I had 5:30 minutes of music (no lyrics) written. After recording the guitar tonight, it turned out to be 6:15. I�m pretty pleased with the chord progressions on the two songs. The hardest part is writing lyrics. That�s my project for tomorrow.

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Five and a half minutes

November 1, 2007

I didn�t record tonight as I�d planned. I�m having to back up and delete songs in my recorder to make room for the new ones. While I was doing that, I developed another set of chord sequences for a second song. The music I wrote this morning is around 2.5 minutes long. The music this evening is around 3 minutes. That�s 5.5 minutes accounted for in the 29:09 minutes I need to fill.

I�m jotting the chord sequences on notebook paper as a diary of the writing process. I think I�ll do the same when I start writing lyrics. I�d like a development scrapbook of sorts to go along with the songs once I�m finished.

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NaSoAlMo Begins

November 1, 2007

The month of November is dedicated to NaSoAlMo, or National Solo Album Month. I'm going to write and record an entire album all by myself. It has to be at least 29:09 minutes long which is the length of the Ramones first album. Or I could bend the official rules and adopt the "Nick Drake's first album was a true solo album" rule of 28:22. I'll use that rule as a fall back, though, and try for the 29:09 minutes.

This morning, I'm home waiting for an HVAC guy to come inspect my heating system and show me what I need to know about gas heaters and pilot lights. The wait time gave me a chance to pick up my guitar and get started.

I strummed out a few sequences of chords and in a few minutes had the plan for the first song. I think I'll record the guitar tonight, make an MP3, stick it in my iPod and write lyrics listening to that.

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