Current mood: accomplished
Well, the whole reason I’ve even got this thing going is due to the recent RPM Challenge. You know, write an album in the month of February. Simple really. 10 songs or 35 minutes.
I suppose I needed the motivation and reason to complete what is a mostly cohesive series of music. Usually I’ll just fire up the Logic DAW and start tinkering with sounds and settings until something catches my ear. No time frame(s) involved. What tends to happen is that I’ll start what could be a darn good piece, but I don’t end up finishing said darn good piece. Why? Perhaps I get bored with it after focusing in on tweaking one or two particular things over and over. Perhaps I find a new sound that sends me off on a music writing tangent. Iin any case, I have probably 3-4 dozen songs in various states of completion that have been started over the last 12-18 months.
RPM changed that for me in February. I was forced to focus on not just starting, but on finishing songs to complete what is essentially a personal challenge. The challenge was not to create the best album ever, but just to create one. In the drive to complete the album, I believe that I managed to create some of the most interesting, mature, and diverse sets of tracks that I ever have. That didn’t come out of taking the time to think about what I was going to create. Between a full-time job, being in three different community bands, and getting in my weekend cycling (not to mention eating, sleeping, etc.), I didn’t really have the time to think. I just did. I went into an almost instinctual writing mode. One that provided many interesting patterns and paths of music creation.
Do I ‘write’ better songs now because of this? No, not really, but I ‘create’ in a new way. Possibly a more effecient way. In any case, it’s different.
Ultimately, participating in the RPM Challenge this year has allowed me to feel better about what I create, and if I can sit back, listen to 37 minutes of music and say “I’m proud of that”, that’s what matters.
Now, about that ‘best album ever’…
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Release date: 23 September, 1997