Tonight I have been jamming with Jacko, my long time musical collaborator. We carried on with some songs we began writing a few weeks ago, where we both brought some chords together, and Jacko started picking this really magical picking melody over the top of it.
But beyond that we struggled to get anywhere with the song. We lacked an overriding idea driving the song forward.
So the plan we devised is that over the weekend we will both, separately, write some lyrics.
I’ve already decided that I will write a tune based on the picking melody we already have. The bigger problem is what to write about.
In many way I’ve disappointed myself with the quality of my lyrics in the past, and suppressed myself from writing any more god-awful songs. I’ve got get over that little fear, and just put pen to paper.
I feel that this is probably the same old problem that I have written about before, so if you are getting deja vu, then I apologise.
Whilst digging around for an entire song I wrote some time ago, I found an old scrap piece of paper on which I wrote a line on. By way of apology, here it is!
It reads; “Take it fucking easy, you got all day long, flexitime and pension plans, you forgot whats right and wrong”.
I wrote this not long after I started my very first job. I was clearly unimpressed with my colleagues.
I absolutely love Polysics!
Had the privilege of seeing them at The Garage way back in June 2006. That was one hot and sweaty gig.
The lead singer, being Japanese and all, wasn’t all that good at English. His crowd interaction consisted of him shouting
“We Polysics! You… UK!” much like the native little fat kid you meet on holiday who tries to communicate with you before running off with your frisbee.
Give the man his dues though, he speaks much better English than I do Japanese. That’s probably because I have learnt all my Japanese from JWOW. Here’s a nice example of JWOW for you:
I haven’t written a new post for the blog in over six months, and haven’t updated in even longer. For completeness sake I will post the last entry I wrote, even though it is unfinished (I didn’t even finish my sentence!).
Despite my lack of updates, a lot has happened with the band. I say a lot, but actually nothing has happened, which means that somethings are changing. Unfortunately, none of this is for the better.
Firstly, band practices are becoming less and less regular. In fact, we haven’t had a full practice (full! ha! there’s only three of us!) since the last practice that I moaned about. Jacko and I have sat down together and written some new stuff, but this is only in my front room. I’ve told him that I’m unhappy with the rate of progress
After the last practice I told the other guys that I would put an advert on Gumtree. Although I have written the advert I haven’t yet posted it, and instead have replied to a few postings.
Had one response almost straight away for a guy that is keen to sing, so we are meeting him tomorrow. This one is a dude and has been in other punk bands before. Another Gumtree find, but this guy seems really keen!
Nothing really got going with the girl that I mentioned in previous posts. Every time we invited her along to her a jam she wouldn’t make it. We’ve pretty much given up hope there, until she asked if we wanted to jam on Sunday. Think I’ll have to let her down, but not sure how to say it.
Me and Jacko have been making beautiful music together this evening. We finished, had a cigarette, kissed me goodbye and then he left.
We started writing a very different style of song this evening. No power chords, but instead jangly open chords and a slow, but very cool riff. We didn’t finish it, but this will be one of the ones that we will keep going back to and adding new ideas to. It’s a lot of fun to play songs that are completely different from any of our others, makes me feel like we’re discovering a sound.
But what has gotten me very very excited is a song we wrote last week. We didn’t add anything to it this evening, but just played it through. This is a standard Jacko-Sherlock number. I’m not going to lie to you; it’s awesome.
I’m excited about this. I’m excited about adding drums, bass and vocals to it. I’m excited about playing it with a full band. I’m excited about people listening to it. I’m excited about playing it on stage.
This feeling is why I play music. The knowledge that we, we, Jacko and Me, created this. A song that, we feel, will make people dance, mosh, jump up and down, sing along. That’s a great feeling. You will never get that feeling from Television or Computer Games. This is why I’m in a band.
You’ll have to excuse me if I milk this, but these sort of feelings don’t come around very often, and I have to make the most of it.
I met up with the girl I mentioned in the last post. We went for a drink in a local and sat in the sun. She was really nice, very friendly and chatty, and down to earth, a real person. When we started the band, Jacko and I both stated that we want people who we can get along with, being in a band is a pretty expensive hobby (there is very little money to be had, lets not kid ourselves), and we want to have fun with our friends. Well, I think she would fit the bill.
My only concern at this stage is her voice. Obviously I didn’t make her audition in the middle of the beer garden, but I checked out her previous band’s myspace when I got home. Don’t get me wrong she can sing, and has a lovely voice. But will this fit the hard and fast punk that we play? I’m not too sure.
Who knows? She may be up for something a bit heavier. Or she might not even want to sing for us when she hears our stuff.
Hopefully she will be able to match the sound we’re carving out, and hopefully our songs can build a platform for her vocals to stand on.
Either way, I hope I have made a new friend. She writes and records solo albums all by herself, and although being new to the city like I am, she has friends here, so it would be cool for us to all hang out together. Time will tell.