I'm Mark from Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Tracks formed, using Propellerhead Reason software, on Asus laptop.
Vocals recorded, using Samson mic, through Digitech Vocalist, into Reason software.
I've never got anywhere near 50 songs in 90 days. Too busy, no time, blah, blah, blah... l never really enjoyed the first 3 years to tell the truth and 2018 was a bust for family reasons. My favourite year was 2017 when I decided to concentrate on completing songs, rather than sticking half finished, random ramblings up for ridicule. I tried to use 15 common chord progressions from a website I stumbled upon. I managed 10 almost produced songs. Some were quite good to my ears.
Chord progressions are relatively new to me. For the first 33 years of my songwriting life I put chords to harmonies in my head, or padded chords together on the keyboard. I never thought there was a ready made list of favourite chord progressions to be exploited.
This changed when I started doing FAWM, pioneering forum users flagged up common chord progressions and I was intrigued. If so many songwriters used the same chord progressions, then all those songs must sound the same. If I used them, could I make them sound different? Probably not.
I had fun in 2017, so I thought I'd do the full 15 this year, but I could not find that site again. Instead I found the site below with 'the definitive 10' most used common chord progressions. (I have never had any problems with the site below, but enter at own risk)
So here is my plan, formed from random thoughts, when driving between jobs.
10 chord progressions on each of these 3 different formats... Chordbot, Gadget and Reason. That makes 30. Then I got to thinking, how common are these chord progressions? If I do 10 random chord progressions from newspapers, number sequences or dice throws, how many common chord progressions will I duplicate randomly? That's 40, which leaves 10 for experiments. Will my attempts all sound the same? Let's find out.
Amendment:- I've got a little bored with the whole common chord progressions thing at the moment, so I'm going to put the idea on the shelf and start again when FAWM begins. Not enough time and I have some problems at work just now, which are taking up most of my thinking and sleep deprivation time. I'll finish what I have and maybe do some experimental stuff to clear my head.
Some sad news, Molly the cat, the star of the cat in the bag photograph above, took ill on Wednesday 21st Aug. We took her to the vet and discovered she had fluid around her lungs. The vet was hopeful she would recover despite her age. Alas next day Molly passed away. She was a mischievous little cat, who preferred indoors to outdoors, but would sometimes go outside and face up any cat who crossed her path. She had a long life and hopefully a happy 17 years.
RIP wee Molly 2002 - 2019.
It seems strange that I found the photo when cleaning up my iPad before 5090 and decided to call my album The Cat Is In The Bag, it was taken when I saw her in the bag before I left for work. It was not take a pet to work day. The photo always made me smile, now it makes me sad, but happy.
|1||Not This Time||4||5 months 4 days|
|2||Looking That Way||3||5 months 4 days|
|3||Money In The Bank||6||5 months 3 days|
|4||Alibi||4||4 months 4 weeks|
|5||Two Rings Means You Don't Care||2||4 months 4 weeks|
|6||We Can Never Be Friends||4||4 months 4 weeks|
|7||Adapt||3||4 months 3 weeks|
|8||Reckless||5||4 months 2 weeks|
|9||A Long Way From Home||7||4 months 2 weeks|
|10||Tense||3||4 months 1 week|
|11||Grey Stone||3||4 months 1 week|
|12||Causing A Scene||3||4 months 3 hours|
|13||The Bridge||2||3 months 3 weeks|
|14||Red Leaves On Trees||1||3 months 3 weeks|
|15||Blame It On The Mathematicians||1||3 months 2 weeks|
|16||On The Ferry To A Mindless Place||1||3 months 2 weeks|