Half way through this show but I have to chip in as I'm already forgetting comments I wanted to make. I'm really enjoying this one, I don't agree with your lack of talent line really. I sit down to write a song and could easily say 'damn I'm no McCartney/Dylan' etc, your talent is pretty evident I reckon. And I'm not just being fulsome here.
Thanks. I'm not being disingenuous here, I was referring to my lack of talent as a musician; I've gone a long way on hard work and acceptance of my limitations. I do
believe that I have some talent as a songwriter, especially the kind of clever wordplay and catchy tune type. Maybe I should look into writing advertising jingles?
I love the stories of how things just lead to other things and then it runs out of steam so you have to move on. I wish I'd done more in my time. I'm a teacher, middle manager, and the money's quite good. The downside of it all is that I'm too safe. What do i want on my grave stone; 'Here lies John Poulton, he sure knew how to pay his mortgage'
One of my favorite sayings is, "If you don't do it, you'll never know what might have happened if you did." Having said that, I am not always grabbing for the stars. I had a ticket to Woodstock and didn't go because I was too chicken to hitchhike from Milwaukee to New York.
LOL when listening to the constant break ups and reformations of the line ups. Reminds me of an quote I like "The only constant feature of your dissatisfying relationships is you". I recommend you check out http://despair.com/viewall.html
for a very
amusing browse. Give it 2 minutes and you'll be hooked.
I'll check it out! Thanks for the recommendation.
Really liked the 'Ladies Night' song, an endearing story that I 'got inside of'.
I've known a few characters like that guy. There was a time that I thought that I would be him, if I was lucky. However, being married to Babe changed all of that. I am not kidding when I say that she is too good for me.
Band in the box gets mentioned again. I must have a fish for this one. Is it Mac only like garage band. I bet they'll have a free trial version.
Oh, yeah, it's for both PC and Mac, and they've got trial versions. I recently upgraded to one of the top end packages that comes packaged on an 80 Gb hard drive! Besides being cool for recording, it is a great tool for learning, also.
Polly wrote:I get the point of these challenges and I've benefitted from themself, but it's still hard to commit. I've had sinus, throat, tonsil problems for 6 weeks now and not done a jot. I finally got antibiotics yesterday and hopefully I'll be back at it soon.
I had bronchitis all through the recording of these songs. I would wait until I could go for an hour without coughing, and dash for the mic!
When I was playing live, I played a lot sicker than that, but nobody was recording us, so there's no lasting evidence. We used to say that there are only two reasons to not show up at the gig: if you are dead or in jail - and if you're dead, somebody has to present the body!! I have played with some pretty high fevers, and shortened more than one set for a dash to the toilet.
Polly wrote:'Allow yourself to suck' - excellent advice. I wonder if some people find they cannot re-write? If anything lends itself to working on I'd say (for me) it was the lyric. The music I'll tinker with, add to etc but, sunstantially, it won't change radically. Lyrics, l wrote 4 versions for the last song I wrote. Trying to find a theme that matched the feeling of my chords and melody. Still don't know if I've quite 'got there' and my voice is too poor to check it out just now. I have given it one outing and people said they liked it. I got a guy playing a great solo on it and that's get put down before easter I hope.
Everyone has his/her own challenges, and I wish you luck with yours. As for re-writes, Tony seems genetically indisposed to it; I can't live without it. He's got 5 gazillion songs he's written, and I have a couple dozen. Keep plugging away at it. I have two songs that should've been finished months ago, but I keep procrastinating. One of them is my song for the girl's name challenge. Of course, I'm in no hurry since I now know that deadlines here are unimportant!
A big thanks to you two for a great show here. I've really enjoyed it.
And a bigger thanks to you for listening!!