Today I have a meeting with the principle writer, an actor, and a camera person for the docu-drama I’m working on. My guitarist, John McLean is the actor, I have never met the camera person, and the writer is really-o truly-o good. Tomorrow I meet with a resource for the issue we are writing this project about.
In terms of songwriting, I have been working on what John Stewart called, Rough Sketches these past few days. These are fragments I write when I am waiting for something else to happen. I have two note books and a small digital recording device I use for just such writing, and I try to keep one of them with me at all times. I’m a songwriter. I have tools.
Sometimes I write just lyrics, and sometimes I write down the chord progressions. I can do this because I also carry a Martin Backpacker around in my Explorer. Sometimes when I have the tune, and I am driving I song into the recorder. That gets kind of weird, because many times I’ll sing 1/4 step notes–like F#+, and I’ll have a devil of a time trying to work out what chord progression I actually meant.
Anyway, this last week I have been catching up on songs that needed final touches on them. It’s kind of fun. I’m going back over material I can’t even remember writing down, and discovering that, wow, I’ve written more songs this year than I thought–always a good thing to discover.