50/90 Plan for 2016:
As always, I have too many thematic plans for the three months of 50/90. But here's my current thinking. We'll see if I can pull it off:
First,I'm aiming for not fifty, but 70+ short songs based on a challenged issued by Matt Farley of Motern Media fame (man of 18,000+ songs). He challenged his listeners to write their own album using all 70+ titles from his upcoming album I’ve Never Left My Hometown. Coincidentally, I’ve been thinking I really want to push myself to see if I can keep up a steady stream of 1-hour songs where I worry less about getting things “right” and more about getting things “done" (as well as, hopefully, improving my singing and skill set from sheer volume of effort). So I’ve decided to accept Mr. Farley’s challenge. During 50/90, in addition to whatever else I hope to accomplish, I’m also hoping to spend basically an hour every day working my way through Matt’s titles. I'm going to shooting for no more than 2 minutes per song.
And I’m also hoping to tell a semi-coherent story while doing it.
Second, I'm planning to do a short cycle about the life and death of Toystory the bull.
Third, a longer cycle, called "Warriors of the Aftertouch," about a keytar-playing post-apocalyptic warrior using his super-synth power to battle mutants and rescue the beautiful scientist who holds they key to saving the world. I first explored the concept in a quick, sloppily produced one-off track (for the weekly GYAWS challenge group on Facebook) many months (years?) ago. But I want to do more, and do it better.
And finally, I'm hoping to do some skirmishes and collaborations, although they'll probably have to be folded / forced into one of the projects above.
I'm excited to see which of these I decide to start (probably all) and which I actually see through to completion (always the trickier part).
In junior high a long, long time ago, I elected to take flute as my required instrument. Unfortunately, in my second year, I was put in a third-year class due to a scheduling conflict. Being so far behind everyone else made me miserable. As a result, I did . . . unfortunate things to my flute to sabotage it in order to try to get out of class.
The repair guy figured it out pretty quick.
Nonetheless, while I've always enjoyed a very active listening relationship with music, the whole experience pretty much killed any interest I had in making my own. Until over twenty years later, when for some reason I picked up a keyboard and a computer DAW.
And now, I'm loving every minute of it.
|1||Never Cross That Line||26||10 months 9 hours|
|2||Take Those Words||15||9 months 4 weeks|
|3||The King of July 4th (Tribute to Hot Dog Champion...||6||9 months 4 weeks|
|4||Someone's in my Salad!||13||9 months 3 weeks|