Okay… Now that January is already coming to a close, I thought it would be a good time for me to start outlining what the hell I’m going to be doing in 2018 because I’ve had enough rest now, it’s time to get moving.
The most obvious change that will be made to my musical landscape for this year is the fact that I’m getting back into performing live again. I’m excited about starting over in a completely different musical environment then when I first started my tentative steps towards musical self-sufficiency more than 30 years ago.
I’ll be going down two paths this year. The first path is an acoustic singer/songwriter path which I’ll be doing a either solo or, as a duo with longtime partner in crime Darren Zaza.
The second path is a band oriented path incorporating bass, guitar, keys and drums which will expand on the acoustic song ideas I’ll be performing around the place or, adding new “band songs”to the whole mix.
I haven’t put an original band together since my “Seeing Stars” CD launch in October 2012 so I’m nervous but at the same time, very excited about this possibility.
In regards to the venues I’ll be targeting, I’ll be of course scoping out all of the venues that host original music but I’ll also be experimenting with putting together a hybrid gig showcasing my music plus reinterpretations of covers that I want to do.
I suppose I want to answer the question of whether covers (reinterpretations not replications of songs) and originals can really work side by side in the same gig.
2018 will also be the first year that I start touring my music in the country areas and then interstate. Why keep my music as a local thing?
I see this happening in the later part of 2018.
Moving parallel with my live performance goals is my intention to start recording my second CD. I’ll be wanting to record at home however, I’m not ruling out the possibility to collaborate with other studios when it comes to post-production.
I have the confidence to move forward in producing my second CD because 2017 was a year in which I really knuckled down and wrote a lot of songs specifically through entering online songwriting challenges like FAWM (February Album Writing Month) and 50/90 (50 Songs in 90 Days).
Now the songs created from those challenges plus the others that I had written will make up the base of songs I’ll be choosing from for my next CD and live repertoire. This would mean I’ll be starting again with new songs and eventually a new product to introduce to the world.
I promise I’ll keep you guys informed of any new CD news when it comes to hand.
As I’ve already established, writing songs is the backbone of my musical activity and in 2018 I’d like to extend that a little with the introduction of my home recording setup known as SongMachine.
This will make the recording of demos much easier and it will enable me to create more online content to further promote me and the music that I make.
An example of this extension of my songwriting activity is the introduction of a custom songwriting service for later on this year. I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there that would love to give to someone special or, to perhaps receive a bespoke song created by me specifically for them.
Obviously, SongMachine will come in handy for the creation of these gift songs but more details are to come later.
Another part of this extension to my songwriting activity is for me to start a song feedback service for any songwriter that wants unbiased, constructive and comprehensive feedback on their songs. I’ll be releasing more details on this initiative soon.
Of course I’m going to be getting stuck into FAWM (and 50/90) this year and with February 1st just around the corner, I’m all ready to tackle FAWM head on. I’d like to think that I’ll be able to write songs outside these song challenges and it’s my hope that the creative momentum created last year will follow me into 2018.
So that’s what I’ll be doing musically for 2018. It’s certainly not a definite list because anything and everything is subject to change however, the above list shows me that I’m up for a busy yet creatively fulfilling year. A year in which I can say with confidence that I am a proper performing songwriter/musician again.
What are the goals (musical or otherwise) that you’ve set for yourself in 2018. If you want to tell me what they are then let me know. If you want to ask me about the upcoming FAWM Songwriting Challenge then let me know.
In the meantime, 2018… Let’s do this,