Just a quickie; here’s a bit more on the case of Ramsha, who I discussed last week:
I’ve been thinking a lot today about what I want this to be. I’ve been thinking a lot about how accesible it should be.
There’s a lot to be said for letting people in. I mean that, as opposed to dumbing down. Can a more potent message be more readily delivered in more easily comprehendable packaging? Probably. I wrestle with wanting to push myself, and wanted to be understood and accessible. I don’t want to make a dumb pop record, but there’s more potency to pop writing than just being popular.
In my younger days I was obsessed with the idea of clever pop writing. As I’ve got older my music has got weirder and more complex, something I always hoped for. When I was writing simple(ish) pop(ier) songs in my youth, I longed to be more ‘serious’ whatever that means.
I wonder, can I push myself back in that direction?
A day off today – busy with radio stuff, and needed to rest this afternoon. Every inch of me is tired at the moment.
I’ve got a serious bug to play some live music. By that I mean without electronics, quantization; all that stuff. I don’t know where it came from. Wait, I do.
Today’s radio show was a retro year, 1967 to be exact. Beatles, Cream, Small Faces and much more. I listen to and make a lot of electronic music; I haven’t listened to anything that isn’t on the grid in ages.
I don’t think live is better, by the way, only different. Led Zeppelin in the car on the way back, and I wanted to play some music, really fucking loud.
How the fuck is that going to work with just me on my own?
Yesterday was interesting; I figured I’d have a go at another Oblique Strategy.
I’m being strict with it; I only view one a day, and only when I’m ready to start work.
Today’s was: ‘Do Something Boring’.
I wasn’t sure how to interpret that, even. Something boring to listen to? Something boring to make? Some very interesting music is quite tedious to produce.
I figured I would go with a style of writing that bores me. One thing that bores me is songwriting without any kind of form, partly because it usually held up as ‘art’. Anybody who has heard the recent(ish) collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica will have heard what I mean. Tuneless, formless and pretentious. There’s a lot of it about, and it’s often thought of as great, or serious, or art.
Admittedly, the complete abandon to just blurt this out felt good, but that does it mean it is good. Every take is the first take, I didn’t even write down any lyrics; I just spat it out.
Again, it’s just an experiment. And here it is.
That was fun.
So I figured I’d go in, then draw a card from the Oblique Strategies, and start there.
It read ‘Twist The Spine.’
I spent a couple of hours on this; I had literally no material beforehand, lyrics, nothing… I read the card then started work. From the card I knew I’d have a central beat, a ‘spine’ – of course, I was going to try and make it feel like bones. Does that make sense? No idea, but it’s fun and interesting, RIGHT?
Not claiming this as anything, other than an interesting experiment…