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NaSoAlMo 2012, Day 3

November 3, 2012 | Comments

I started the day feeling in good shape because I had two music tracks ready for lyrics. I tried a little bit in the morning to write, but I had distractions at home. So after lunch, I packed my Kindle into my purse and went to Strange Brew for coffee and lyric writing.

I figured I could use the Kindle to search the web for inspiration since it's a little easier to use for surfing than the iPhone.

The first thing I did was listen to the NaSoAlMo 1 guitar track over and over as I drank a latte. Not much in the way of lyrics was coming to me. Snippets included cliche things like "I have the answers" and "see me through." I'm not above cliche, but nothing was coming together.

So I checked Twitter. Scott Maxwell, @marsroverdriver got me thinking about Curiosity for the subject of a song.

I read the latest news and reviewed information about the landing and tried to get the idea to gel with the music I wrote.

The music wasn't having it.

I gave up and went to Sprouts to buy milk and pine nuts (among other things).

I walked around the store several times and found everything on my list except pine nuts. At the check out, the cashier asked me if I found everything.

Me: I couldn't find pine nuts.
Her: Oh? Was it in the ad?
Me: Huh? Oh, I don't know. I just want to cook something with pine nuts.
Her: I'm sorry.

And that was that. They always ask me if I found everything I need, and I've wondered what they would do if I said I didn't. The answer is nothing.

At home, I abandoned trying to fit Curiosity words to NaSoAlMo 1 music, and tried to tap into some other subject. Still nothing. It's disheartening to spend time with a piece of music and not be able to find the words for it. I realized I have lots of time, so I put it aside to start something new.

I was thinking about John Denver's "Calypso" and decided to try to build music that would embrace the story of Curiosity. Whatever I write will be much more literal than "Calypso." Denver wrote a love song to that vessel. As much as I love Curiosity, I don't think I have a love song in me that wouldn't sound hokey or sound like a ripoff of "Calypso."

It didn't take long before I had a chord progression in 6/8 time to work with. I read some more about Curiosity and watched Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror. Lyrics began to form. As I suspected, they were very literal. I finished the day with two verses written.


  • NaSoAlMo 1: Untitled (Basic guitar recorded ~ 4:20)
  • NaSoAlMo 2: Untitled (Piano chords sketched ~ ?)
  • NaSoAlMo 3: Curiosity (Guitar chords sketched and lyrics started ~ ?)

Something I'm Excited About

One Christmas at a Time - a Christmas album from John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton

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