While going through my archives recently I noticed that I have a lot of songs written in the very early days of my musical journey that would never see the light of day. However, I still remember how these songs go in my head as if I’d written them yesterday.

I thought to myself… Now that I’ve got my home recording studio setup and I’m feeling comfortable with the process of recording music, why not record these old songs (angst ridden teen lyrics and all) with my fresh set of ears plus accumulated musical experience and knowledge.

This would be a great exercise to see how good these old songs really are plus, find out if they can stand up against the new songs that I’m currently writing.

Or, am I just being blinded by nostalgia.

Another thing for me to consider is that this exercise would give me lots and lots of Logic Pro X music production practise and it would be a good thing to do if I’m feeling a bit blocked creatively.

I thought I’d start things off with a recent recording of one of the first songs I ever wrote called Snow.

The song is pretty much about two people getting it on while it’s snowing outside but lyrically and dynamically I think it’s much more dreamy than that and personally, I’m quite chuffed with how it’s turned out so here it is for you to check out.


Snow
C. Stewart 1989

Tonight, tonight, tonight we kiss
The rain is cold and so is the air that I breathe

Snow, it settles from the sky
Into the trees, when it’s cold outside
Snow, lovely snow

Tonight, tonight, tonight we embrace
Hostility has gone without a trace

Snow, it settles from the sky
Into the trees, when it’s cold outside
Snow, lovely snow

Instrumental (verse, chorus)

Tonight, tonight, tonight we complete
We both are one from our head down to our feet

Snow, it settles from the sky
Into the trees, when it’s cold outside
Snow, lovely snow


Feel free to contact me and let me know what you think, all feedback is welcome.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Apparently Socrates once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” What did he mean by this?

For me, the above statement is about mindfulness and how it can transform a life of mindless automation into one of purposeful self-reflection and forward momentum.

Recently, I’ve become acutely aware that the unexamined life is a life not worth living and right at this very moment my life is something that I want to actively reflecting on and be mindful of, rather than allow to cruise on auto-pilot.

This is something I want to do because…

  • I want to slow down, simplify things and “smell the roses”
  • I want to regain some sort of work/life/creativity balance for myself
  • I want to have a more calm and stress-free life
  • I want to become a better songwriter through active self-reflection
  • I don’t want to remember my life as being a beige coloured blur

In my earlier post titled My Break From Live Performance – Eight Months In, I mentioned that one of the things I rediscovered during my break was a personal path which was primarily focussed on the study of Buddhist teachings (without the religious connotations), meditation and mindfulness.

It was the mindfulness component of this path that lead me to the realise the consequences of an unexamined life and it’s the reason this post exists… As a reinforcement of that fact.

Personally, one of the best ways I can think of to examine and mindfully contemplate my life is to write about it either privately in my journal or, publicly through this blog.

Musically, as a songwriter and musician, I feel that the most important thing I could be doing for my craft is writing, listening, contemplating, daydreaming and generally being aware of my thoughts, feelings and how I interact with my surroundings.

Writing does that for me. When I don’t write, life becomes really hard.

This path of mindful self-reflection is not going to be an easy one to take as I’ve been living in cruise mode for quite a while, but it’s a path that I must walk if I’m going to be the person I want to be for me, my wife, my family, my friends, my work and for my music because it’s all intertwined and interconnected with one another.

No matter who we are or what we do in our lives, we all want to become the person we want to be and for me writing and self reflection is the way to get there..

As far as I’m concerned, Socrates was right on so many levels.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Many of my songs have been written as the result of me going off on a tangent while learning another song. Jigsaw is one such example.

I stumbled across the chord pattern for the verse while I was trying to learn “One Step Ahead” by New Zealand group Split Enz.

The first two lines of the first verse (“Pieces of a puzzle/Like a memory, here than gone) was all I had to kick things off and the hardest thing about finishing the song was coming up with the rest of the lyrics without sounding like I was padding for space.

What I wanted to capture with this song was that no matter how much we’ve experienced in life, we always have so much more to learn and that there are people who come into our lives to help us facilitate that realisation.

I’ve always imagined this song to have a more heavier, angular musical arrangement but it does play very nice acoustically too.


Jigsaw
© C. Stewart 2003

Pieces of a puzzle
Like a memory, here than gone
I felt like a jigsaw
Just thrown together, I don’t feel whole
Just thrown together, I don’t feel whole

I felt, on the double
I was in trouble, I was a clown
You saw me at my best babe
And at my worst babe, you found me out
Oh at my worst babe, you found me out
Oh at my worst babe, you found me out

I fall down
You pick me up
I stumble when I fall
But I know that I cant lie alone

Pieces of a puzzle
Like a memory, here than gone
I thought I was a teacher
But I’m just a student of life and love
Oh I’m just a student of life and love
Oh I’m just a student of what I’ve become

I fall down
You pick me up
I stumble when I fall
But I know that I cant lie alone
I fall down
You pick me up
I stumble when I fall
But I know that I cant lie alone