Hi all, nice to be back here with many familiar names (and I'm sure there will be unfamiliar & new folks surfacing here as well) .
By way of introduction, I've been participating in this 50/90 thing for something like eleven years now (!) and with February Album Writing Month, even longer (I started participating in FAWM in 2006, doing the math means I've done 16 fawms, nine or ten 5090's (some years I did more then others).. that's a huge amount of songs! (Tho to be fair while I always got to at least 14 in fawm, my 50/90 average is usually somewhere between 20 and 50)
So now, after all this time, and particularly after what I thought was a very productive FAWM this past Feb., (and lots of songwriting earlier in the pandemic in 2020 as well) ... I'm not particularly feeling hugely motivated to play, write, or record all that much. I'm sure I'll do something... but this may be a 'recharging the batteries' season, or maybe more properly, take the batteries out of the house and start to do some 'normal' things again here and there' season. Part of the lack of motivation is perhaps that I did so much songwriting for the past two or three years, in particular, that I'm a little 'burned out' with it all. Those of you who know my stuff know that I sometimes (not always but certainly more then many) have found inspiration in the news of the day, political and social developments, etc etc. While there's certainly no shortage of current events, etc, to write about should I want to use that, I feel that I've said about as much as I can say on a variety of those topics. (For those who want to hear me sing about the pandemic, vaccines, the US politics over the last few years, etc., I'd say check out the last few albums of mine on bandcamp (links in my bio). And with respect to more personal concerns, health of family, etc., I did a few songs on that back in February and March (my last album 'All the ways we can shine' in addition to having material from FAWM 2021, has a song written in March about my late mother-in-law who died in March of this year (2021) (and the link to that album, which I feel is one of my stronger ones, is at https://mikeskliar.bandcamp.com/album/all-the-ways-we-can-shine )
So, where does that leave me? I'm not sure, and yeah, its always a powerful motivator when I see other folks jumping in on July 4 and 5 and 6 and writing/recording up a storm. I'm guessing I'll do 'something' (tho i have some plans on the 4th so i may not get to anything till later in the week) but I'm not sure if it'll be all that much. Sadly, since lately I haven't been playing alot, my guitar and instrumental skills may also be suffering a little bit. Playing a bit now and .. eh, everything sounds so ''meh, I'd done this alot before". Still on a fairly ancient computer, and never really was interested in the latest software, when I hear about 'daw' and plug ins it usually is of little interest to me- I'm more about the song itself.
Anyway, hell of a way to say hello, right? but just had to share that... who else is 'not feeling it (much) this time 'round, so far?