I don’t know why I’ve been so hesitant to write lyrics for this album that we’re working on. I kept meaning to do them all week but I kept putting them off. Yes, I’ve been tired from work and yesterday I was just too burnt out to do much of anything (which is why I forgot to write a blog post last night). Then I cracked out my notebook at breakfast this morning and wrote lyrics for an entire song. It was one of those moments that I had to slap myself in the face and say to myself, “You idiot, you’re a writer. This shit comes naturally to you.” That might be an exaggeration but the point remains that I have no problem writing lyrics. Why was I getting so nervous? After a few errands I stopped at another coffee shop and wrote lyrics for yet another song. I don’t know if these are necessarily the best lyrics I’ve ever written but they’ll do for now. I still have time to edit them or re-record vocals if they don’t work down the line.
So far this album is shaping up nicely. We have a few songs that are almost done, while the rest are well on their way. We are starting an experiment between the two of us that involves two separate improves which we’ll then try to mix together. That should get this album to the required length for the RPM Challenge. I have a lot to do this weekend aside from that but that seems to be the major creative part of the process. I have to re-record some guitar parts for us to expand songs on but they’re just my take on a few of my collaborator’s ideas, so they shouldn’t take too long to add to.
My biggest concern are my vocals. I can sing but I don’t have much practice. I like the human quality of not singing perfectly. Still, we’ve raised the bar so much higher than what we’ve done in the past that I want to make sure I sing the best that I can. To be honest, I think my biggest worry is the recording of my singing more than the performance. I’m still not used to this pre-amp that I’m borrowing. That’s not to mention that I have a hard time keeping my vocals the same volume throughout. I like to think that it’s because I’m being emotive and I place emphasis on certain lines. A singing instructor would probably tell me otherwise. I’ll just have to do the best I can and we’ll take it from there.
I’m not going to lay out too much of my “to do” list for this weekend as I don’t want to have a list of things that I didn’t accomplish. I expect to get a lot done but I never know for sure how things are going to go. I’m not pessimistic, but I must have a healthy dose of realism.