Fall came to Geyserville today. It was chilly and overcast this morning. Brrrrr! My back is out and I am miserable, and not working very hard at the things I should work at. I have a rib that has torn from the tendon–yikes! The Doc says that there is not much that can be done, so I live with the ouch. It’s a little better today.
I have been writing some new songs for the soundtrack. I don’t need as many of them as I have, because I already have too many for what I need. There are, however, two or three more interviews I’d like to do and write about, just for the story content. I think it is always good to create more than I need so I can choose down to what I actually need, rather than scrambling around for a few more.
I am working on some other song ideas as well, because I am trying to get a large batch of material together so when I copyright what I need for the soundtrack, I can get a large amount of songs copyrighted for the same price. Even though I know that the copyright system is set up to do this, it makes me feel as if I am beating the system when I run more than one through at a time. This batch will be over forty. Somehow I get an atavistic sense of being the wily hunter with a huge load of fresh meat into the cave. Don’t ask me why…
I have also been learning ways to include more chords into my progressions. This is going slowly, but it is going. Songwriting, for me, is a crazy endeavour. I get asked to write a song on a particular topic, and at the time I have no idea for how I will do it. Then, an hour, week, month later bingo! there it is, full-blown and ready for recording. Sometimes a song will hang around for years before it works. It’s just the creative process.
This Autumn, though, I am feeling more relaxed about my songwriting than ever. I am confident in my work, and that is a good feeling. I am tempted to write some Autumn songs. The black oaks are beginning to turn. Orange-y, leaf-y, wet songs about changes and the inexorable movement to Winter. On the edge of the end of the year. Getting for something new!