Yesterday I was clearing out my rucksack. This is a lot like clearing out your school blazer at the end of term, you know, with the inside pockets full of letters you were meant to give to your Mum four weeks ago.
Amongst the eye drops, imodium and loose change I found a sheet with song lyrics scribbled down. I didn’t recognise this at all, but I knew that I must have written it; my god-awful handwriting was scrawled across the sheet.
I gave a it good read, and to my surprise I thought the lyrics were pretty sweet! This is notable because I usually despair when I re-read my lyrics. This harks back to when I first started writing music when I was 15/16. I would write songs about my first girlfriend breaking up with me in the middle of the night. As my pen struggled to keep up with my overactive mind I would think to myself “this is gold!”, and once I re-read them in the cold morning light I would realise that I was an emo twat.
Anyway, heres a sneakpeek. Some word arrangements will be changed, also I’ve clearly missed half a line off and need another verse, but I’m not too worried about that, lots of bands just repeat themselves.
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.
Just got back from band practice. First hour was good, the second, not so good. For some reason it suddenly felt like playing was an effort for all three of us. In fact it was incredibly frustrating.
I imagine this is what it feels like to be a parent of child with learning difficulties. Or maybe the parent of a really ugly kid. Trying your best for baby, but still it keeps stumbling and doesn’t really do all that well at school, and gets ignored by all the girls. You know it will all be fine in a few years, but you really don’t want to wait that long to see the fruit of your loins blossom.
The issue arose when we went back to an earlier song, which has two broad parts, which both differ in terms of style and tempo. I personally quite like the contrast between these two parts. This might be because I play the most out of anybody during it, but a better reasoning would be that I grew up listening to a lot of post hardcore (it was always post-something back in the early 2000s) that doesn’t always follow a fixed structure as pop-punk usually does, where as the guys are often concerned in fitting the music into a tried and tested structure.
All this led into a debate in what direction the band should go in. Whereas we all accept that we need a singer, the other two say we need a singer songwriter to “steer the ship”. That quote has fucked me off no end. The ideas are pretty much there, I don’t need some pretentious dude with an acoustic guitar telling me what my songs should sound like.
Maybe in future I should be a bit more forward with my views rather than just going along with the flow.
I’ve been meaning to brighten the blog up a big and make it a bit more exciting than the current green and text in place at the moment. This weekend Jacko and Me are going to GarageBand up the song I wrote about in the last post, so if the recording is good enough I’ll whack it on hear so you guys can get a sneak preview of whats going down!
You may also notice the picture over on the homepage. This is courtesy of Mikey, of www.Englishgentleman.net. He has loads of cool photos of awesome bands on his site! I particularly like the snaps of Paramore (guess why). You can also add him as a contact on Flickr or check out his stuff there http://www.flickr.com/photos/anenglishgentleman/.
I’m going to be tinkering around with the theme and looks of the page over the next week or so. I really want to use Mikey’s photo to greater effect (currently it’s cropped, and doesn’t really do it justice). If anyone has any tips or suggestions, they would be most welcome! I know what I want, just don’t know how to execute them!
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.