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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 8

November 8, 2011 | Comments

I'm still nursing a headache, but that didn't slow me down today. After a big breakfast and shower, I recorded the vocals for yesterday's "Scoggins and Kay." I also added a tic toc rimshot. The song is 120 beats per minute (BPM), so I did the rimshot every other beat to make them exactly one second apart like a clock. The song is in 3/4 time, so it makes it interesting.

After that, I went to the grocery store and had a spontaneous adventure on the way back. There's a house with a good amount of land in my neighborhood, and sometimes I see sheep. So I stopped and petted their noses.

Back at the house, I thought about how I really haven't made a song with a complicated drum track. And by complicated, I mean complicated for me... not complicated for someone who knows how to program drum tracks.

So I listened to some of my favorite songs to see if I could pick out how they do beats. Then I went to work. I got a two measure loop going for about 28 measures and picked up the bass and played a four measure loop to go with it.

That made up the first two verses. Then I needed a chorus, but I couldn't "hear" where it should go. I struggled for a while trying to come up with a bass line. I picked up my acoustic guitar, thinking that if I played the chords, the next chord would magically come out of my fingers. My memory is foggy, but something like that happened because I wrote a chord progression for the chorus.

Break for supper.

After supper, I came up with a new drum beat for the chorus and played the bass notes for the chord progression I wrote earlier. The words "On the strength of hope" and "holy water" keep coming out of my mouth as I try to sing to the chorus. I like the first phrase, but I'm not sure holy water will stick.

I've got a demo track in my iPhone now, so I can listen and try to write lyrics tomorrow. I'm not sure that this one will come easy because there are a lot more words to write than in the other four songs so far. But I'm very happy with my progress.

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