Posts Tagged ‘Songwriting’

You Can Keep The Furniture, Bump On The Head

April 3, 2009

You can keep the furniture, a bump on the head, crawling down the chimney, release me.

Radiohead

Morning Bell

The story goes that Thom Yorke completely forgot how to play Morning Bell at some point between Kid A and Amnesiac.  Then one night he had a dream about the song and suddenly could play it again.  I haven’t bothered to verify this story, and I am going to simply trust my memory.  I know there are many songs I’ve forgotten how to play but none bothers me more than the elusive CS1.  Back in the days of Pinstripe Mystery I wrote a great many songs specifically for the band.  Some of those songs I can still play, like NOTLD and The Sunrises, but a few like Elf Ears and CS1 are lost, maybe forever.  The reason I am so obsessed with the cleverly named Crystal Song 1 is that it was such a unique little song.  It was the first piece I had ever written for a female singer, and it had such a neat vibe.  At least I remember thinking that, since I can’t recall any part of the song.

Artists and writers generally put things down on paper, canvass or etc. as they are creating, so there is a living record.  For musicians its not always possible to record every idea or musical moment, so inevitably some are lost to history.  Now CS1 was written down, likely in several places.  Those records have also been lost to time, some with the death of my last laptop, and others into the recycling bin over the intervening years.  I’ve watched videotape of old rehersals and shows.  I’ve dug through piles of papers with disparate musical ideas.  All of it for nothing.  CS1 will likely never live again. It’s musical existence ended far too quickly.

To make up for this self-indulgent story here is Thom Yorke live From the Basement with Down is the New Up.

Wouldn’t You Say Again

April 2, 2009

Spinning tales of wonder, you ride away.

The Alder Fork

HG Plant Companion (Hybrid)

Tracks for my upcoming album The Colour I Remember Most are coming together nicely. I anticipate it will be out before the summer months.  You can hear some of the songs I’m working on here. If you have any interest in helping me promote it please send an email to thealderfork@gmail.com.

So far this album has echoed the previous effort, The Lights I See You In Shadow, in that the songs exist in two different planes: they are either melody based, or atmosphere based.  Songs like Twenty Five and Back and Forth are quite different in concept than The Mountain or  Affirmation. For many years I only wrote music that conformed to the former style, while I secretly desired to do more experimenting with the latter.  I would say that TLISYIS was about a 50/50 split in styles.  This new collection will be around 85/15 or even 100/0 atmospheric.  Although all my songs have both melody and atmosphere to various degrees,  I recognize that my writing is bipolar in a way.  But the switching of styles is an ongoing evolution of my songwriting.  I hope that I will continue to create songs that conform to more than one vision.  I am also hoping to write more songs for other people, because I think each new person who plays one of my songs enhances its meaning and content.

My biggest fear has always been that I will write songs that lack originality.  I acknowledge that some of my music heavily relates to my diverse inspirations.  I take comfort in knowing that when I sit down with an idea, the song I create, even if it has elements of other people’s work (not directly copying but in tone) it is still my own creation.   I hope that when you listen to my songs you find both my meaning and your own.  That’s the purpose of sharing, after all.

A quick side note, I mentioned that I’m working on solidifying the meaning and purpose of The Alder Fork. I hope to have that printed in the blog in the next couple of days.