Uhm....happy new year?
Holidays were great. It was great to see family & friends we hadn't seen in ages.
Pictured to the right is one of the more exciting gifts I received this last season. I think I'm all ready to go now: I've got the mic running through the mixer I got earlier last year, I've bought new strings for my guitars and I've done sound checks and level setting for almost everything. I am ready to make the "best record ever". I'm just lacking one thing: A little inspiration.
Ironic, isn't it? I've been trying to write some new stuff for some time, I just haven't been satisfied with much of anything I've come up with. I've got some great ideas, I'm just not thrilled with the manifestations.
It used to be that I'd sit down with a guitar and fiddle around till I came up with an interesting progression or melody to set some lyrics to. Any more, however, it's harder and harder to come up with anything that I find interesting enough to pursue for more than 15 minutes.
I'm starting to think that a guitar itself is no longer sufficient - i need to hear (out loud or just in my head) other instruments and how they might compliment my efforts.
Also, I think I'm getting harder to please.
I've been spending some time mic'ing stuff up and playing guitar(s) through the system to hear what it sounds like, occasionally layering a couple of tracks - and I'm generally more satisfied with what I'm getting that way, though not much has clicked quite yet.
Trying to tackle this hobby from a different angle like this is a bit of a new exercise for me, and not exactly a simple one. I've come close to something cool a few times, but I haven't jumped in quite yet.
Also, I think I need carve out some larger chunks of time for a project like this - something I've not been able to do as yet. So I guess I'm lacking two things.