Over the past few weeks I have been busy busy busy in the area of music. I’m not sure if I already mentioned it on here, but for Christmas my parents gave me money towards recording a CD. It has been a lifelong dream of mine ever since I was a kid, and now I can finally say that the process is beginning.
Originally I thought about doing some covers (meaning any song that is written by somebody else) – you know, throw in a little norah jones here and a regina spektor there, maybe a worship tune or two. But this past year has been quite the year of inspiration for me, causing me to write a bunch of songs based on various thoughts and experiences. Many of these were written in Australia, since being around “musos” (music majors) at an arts school rubbed off on me.
It was tough to get things off the ground recording-wise because it is quite a lengthy and complicated process, but two friends I met recently are great musicians and have a studio in their basement so they have been helping me out with it. Friday I had my first recording session where my friend helped me to narrow down my songs to my favorite ones and format them. Then the recording began! I “laid down” (i love these little terms somehow they make me feel cool hhahah) piano and vocal tracks for two of my songs, apathetic and make it count. Hopefully my demo CD will have about 7 tracks on it, and they will be quite the mix let me tell ya. One of them is a super-jazzy song called dandelion, another a worship song I wrote for a school project called Shadow of Your Holiness, another a cute little folk tune where I admit most of my quirks called A Quick Synopsis. So basically… they are completely different from one another: some very “Christian radio” sounding, others indie-ish, others jazz. I am going to include two covers – a combined version of Stand By Me and I’ll Be There into one song. But anyways just wanted to throw out an update on the project and everything. I hope to be finished recording by March if all goes according to plan and be able to promote the CD on campus here at a coffeehouse in the spring. It’s all pretty overwhelming but I feel good about it. It is giving me an outlet to share a lot that has been on my heart and what I’ve been learning (well in regards to the more serious songs) and it will really challenge me musically. I wrote the following little folk song last night and thought I would let you peek over my shoulder a bit – I don’t think I’ll be able to include it on the album. It’s really weird and strange and random but here are the lyrics…the goal was that I wanted to play around with personifying objects.
If walls could talk, they’d sure keep their mouths shut
Give them credit – keepin’ secrets ain’t easy
They don’t forgive and they sure don’t forget
You can bet they don’t take your side
If hearts can really break, most people wouldn’t make it
You could give them a spare – it wouldn’t make a difference
If hearts can throb you can’t control who they long for
You can bet they have a mind of their own.
Don’t you ever wonder?
If seagulls understood us, they’d kind we’re kinda foolish
Who’s to say they don’t – maybe they’re plotting to take over
Can’t really blame ’em if they are ’cause we deserve it
You can bet they wouldn’t be sympathetic
If roads could bend, they’d be too proud to bend over
They’re too stuck in their ways to change
They never get a break and it’s made them quite contrary
You can bet they’ve got a chip on their shoulder
If records could play, they’d sure feel much better
Think of how they feel since they became an antique
They’ve got no pity for women with wrinkles
You can bet they don’t skip by accident
If print was fine, it wouldn’t volunteer it
It prefers to be discreet and let you assume
Maybe it seemed a little down, but don’t be fooled
You can bet it laughs at your expense.