Vic Lewis VL wrote:
So, in short, although I'm actually quite pleased with most of the songs I've recorded, there's always that nagging "I could do better if I REALLY stretched myself" feeling - all these years of writing songs (since I was a teenager - and I turned 54 this month) and I still feel as if I'm searching for my own identity.
I suppose I'll just have to keep on trying, then.....
I know exactly what you mean Vic. I turn 65 this year, but the feeling is exactly the same "I could do better if..."
The stretching thing is a puzzle though. Pushing out of your comfort zone is often interesting and useful, but it does rather suggest that you have a "comfort zone" to push out from in the first place.... How many of us here do? I feel like an amateur in all areas. An improving amateur perhaps, but still very much an amateur.
My biggest problem with even the most basic SSG assignments is simply time. I've probably got more to spare than most posters here, but it's rare for me to finish one completely. So I have a big pile of partly done loose ends now. This was an interesting assignment, which I had a lot of fun with,but I don't think that anybody finished it. Most people either skipped or varied some of the 'rules' - which seems reasonable enough. Some got good photos but no song at all, others got a song but passed on the album art, etc. I got close but didn't record any music.
I think that as song-writers, most of us are still searching for our own identity. Writing is a bit like acting, you have to assume another identity but still draw on your own experience and identity to build something new. That can get the head spinning a bit at times, I think.
So what do you and I do? Do we continue to try and build a solid core of 'comfort zone' or expand out on somewhat shaky foundations? I don't know the answer.
It's a balancing act. A week is very short time, even for many professional song-writers, to get a properly finished result. So do we just pick a topic per month or try to do one each week? Part of me says definitely do the first, but it's also hard to resist switching to a new challenge, especially as it usually comes along just when you've really got to roll up the sleeves and do some hard shovelling on the previous one...
So... the assignment was good fun, worth doing, and a new and interesting twist on doing things. I just wish I had a 1,000 hour week and a more solid foundation to build off quickly. Which is really a key point. Almost every song-writing forum I've seen ends up focusing mostly on lyrics. Probably because they're easy to see on a screen and easy to discuss. But the bed-rock has to be the music - which is much harder to get any comments or targeted assistance on. Unfortunately it seems that if you set music assignments then it's much harder to get submissions, which is a pity (there actually was a forum here for it for a while, but apart from Nuno and I hardly anybody joined in and it was removed.
). So I did enjoy this one, but I'm looking forward to Week 35. Just hope I can get something going for Week 34 first. If not I'll just take something else and do it off-line anyway.