Today (Tuesday, August 8th, 2017) marks the 36th day of the 50/90 Songwriting Challenge and after a bit of a flurry of songwriting activity during the latter half of last week I’ve now taken my total output so far to 21 songs.
I’ve noticed that over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the drum loops in Logic Pro X and the default Electric Piano sound as my default songwriting tools.
Now, this is not something that I normally do as I normally write on acoustic guitar but this shows me that I’m creating new songwriting habits without even knowing it.
And that is a good thing… However, I think for this week I’ll change things up a bit and go back to acoustic guitar and see how that goes.
I had mentioned before that the challenge has been described as the songwriting equivalent to a marathon and I would totally agree with that description as I’m feeling like it’s taken me until now to really find my creative pace.
With that in mind, all I need to do at the moment is hold on for dear life and hope that this pace can keep up with the 57 days left in the challenge and based on my calculations I’m just ahead of schedule.
If you want to check out what I’ve done so far just head on over to my 50/90 Song Challenge page and if there’s a song idea you’d like me to tackle for the challenge just let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you.
Right now I’m sitting in front of my computer typing out this blog post and on the other screen is an open project on Logic Pro X and I’m really, really torn between completing this post and just doing some more recording.
However, there was a time not that long ago, that I couldn’t have imagined this scenario because back then, the thought of setting up some sort of home recording studio absolutely terrified me.
But what was I really scared of? I suppose I was scared that…
My music would sound crap and not sound like what’s on the radio
I couldn’t do it (record from home)
It would take too long for me to learn
My end product would be judged harshly by others
People won’t like my music (and therefore, not like me)
Of course, these irrational and illogical fears were a result of an unhealthy combination of way too much perfectionism, not enough confidence and a dash of low self esteem thrown in for good measure.
I remember when I purchased my first iMac way back in 2009 I had included in the purchase a copy of Logic 9 (I had some experience using Logic 4.2 – before it was purchased from Emagic by Apple) and when I installed it onto my new system I left it sitting there all alone on my desktop, unopened for a very long time.
Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and feeling a bit brash one day, I opened it up and started to muck around with it.
The more I used it, the more I gained confidence in my ability to learn about and operate a piece of software that was almost like trying to learn a foreign language. Then I discovered that YouTube had heaps of Logic 9 tutorials that enabled me to integrate more knowledge that I could use in my recordings.
It was around about this time that my decision to start collaborating with other songwriters in a big way took place and my new found knowledge of recording music at home had some sort of outlet.
Then Logic Pro X came onto the market… When I got that onto my system everything had changed. Now I’m a home recording studio junky and there’s no stopping me now.
The main thing I love about recording from home is the sheer convenience of thinking of a songwriting idea and then being able to flick on a switch and have everything at your disposal at a moment’s notice.
Don’t get me wrong… I still use and work in other recording studios big and small, professional and amateur, and feel that these facilities provide a much needed service however, with my home recording setup I am no longer at the whim of somebody else when it comes to recording my songwriting ideas and developing them towards a completed product.
Pretty soon I’m going to start sharing with you my home recording experiences, what I’ve learnt from taking a leap of faith into the land of home recording plus curating some fantastic content that I’ve found that has helped me along the way so watch this space.
Okay, now that this is done I’m getting back to my recording…