OK folks. I have made a decision. Welcome to the “Storey House Project” where I will share the creation of this upcoming album in various stages. I had hoped, as I began typing, that the words and the strategy for the “Storey House Project” would suddenly and easily appear. I had hoped the muse would visit and lay it all out for me… but no.
The reality is that I am not sure how deep into this I will get. I am not sure how much I can share without feeling weird. I have no idea how interested you all might be.
As with most of my writing staring at the empty page it the most daunting part of the process. It happens to us all, we sit with our guitar (or piano etc) and a notebook opened to a fresh page, a pen and a guitar pick. And go….. this part of the process reminds me of a huge wall. And as the first word appear - the wall loses some height. The next line and into a pre-chorus, oh yeah that is a nice chord… and slowly the wall disappears to reveal the song or the story for which you are searching.
In my experience there are several factors that can interfere with this process and for those of you who are not songwriters I will share this point. The biggest thing for me that makes the wall grow instead of shrink is when your mind starts asking questions about the viability of the song. Will people like this? will it offend? is it too sad? is it too pop? and the question that kills all creativity - will this make money? Keeping the creative process genuine, authentic and real is not easy and hugely important for me.
These are all huge parts of the process and I hope that I can work to share this new record as it develops. Now that I have some words down on paper the process is starting to reveal itself as the wall disappears I will share my current vision…
-demos from the day a song was first conceived.
-demo made by me for the purposes of sharing with the band.
-demo with the band.
-the first time performing it.
-the bed tracks as we start the final project.
-a single to be released periodically throughout the project.
-an album combined of the finished product of these tunes.
Let's start with a tune called "I Like to get High" which I am currently considering changing to "Pain Free Living'. Here is the video of the band playing it recently on a Whiskey Wednesday. Below there is an audio file for the night it was conceived. When I write and find a thread to follow I usually just hit record on my phone. Here is where it begins.... ENJOY!!!
I will direct light into the writing process, the recording process and the full development of songs and the album as a concept.
I have always been a fan of sharing the story of the recordings. I remember when the Watchmen were recording in the mid-nineties and I would write a storyline for events and then using an old telephone receiver modern I would dial up and upload words to a message board. Now, years later I can act in realtime and various other mediums to get the story out.
I will be using the following to get this our:
-social media for blurbs
-the website to house blog updates, MP3 downloads and videos
-my e-mail list for letting people know when there is new stuff available
I hope you are onboard. I do ask that you comment or participate in some way that helps me to stay focussed. And I will commit to running this “Storey House Project” until the end of the year. At this point I will evaluate how much it is helping me creatively and how much time it is consuming. I am looking forward to this folks… stay well.