The year of rediscovering what we do with two hands and a voice

Like many people, I like to use January to take stock and plan what I want to do creatively during the coming twelve months. This year, in writing terms I’ve got a clear and straightforward things-to-do list (one novel, one novella and as many short stories as I can cram into the time available), but I’m going to be spending a bit more time on the music side of things too.

After the slow letting go of murnie last year, I realised that I hadn’t sat down and seriously written any new songs for a fairly long time. And I miss that, so in February I’m going to be giving the FAWM (February album writing – think Nanowrimo for musicians) a go. The challenge is to write and record 14 songs in 28 days, and I’m going in cold – no prep for music or lyrics – so who knows what randomness will emerge, but I’m looking forward to giving it a bash.

And if any of it is any good I might post the best bits somewhere for people to listen to. Actually, for *might* read *almost certainly* because my other music challenge to myself this year is to record and release some of my fairly ridiculous back catalogue which has been sitting in rough form on hard drives and minidiscs and cassette tapes for years and never heard but anyone but me. I’ve got songs from when I lived in London in the early 90s as well as a shedload that were written during the murnie years that never quite made it to full band arrangements. Sometimes that was because they didn’t fit the general up-ness of the band, but others were just written solely for piano. So, somewhere on the internet there will be a slow monthly drip of those newly recorded, old songs as well.

Who knows, if I decide I’m enjoying the experience I might even tell you where it is.

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