Saturday, November 15, 2014

#songaday 15

Went to see The New Pornographers last night at the Riviera here in Chicago. So much singing. So much melody. Emma and I were discussing our recent theory about how the best songwriters stand for something, or have values reflected in their work, and we were wondering what TNP stand for. We both agreed it was nothing more than a commitment to excellence, to trying to perfect a sound with many parts working together. Teamwork. All that. I would encourage people to think about what their favorite artists stand for. Everyone stands for something. U2 stands for a corporatist music industry. Countless artists stand for elevating the stories and voices of those who go unheard. Others stand for kind of just not giving a fuck.

In other news, I wrote two (!) songs today, which is the first time in my life I've ever done that. It's not something that is necessarily a good thing. But I'm trying to catch up to this song-a-day thing, and I've got a few more missed days to make up for. One thing I do like about this process is that it takes a lot of the pressure off of the quality of each song I wrote. Rather than thinking to myself that this next one has to be a good one, I can scroll back through my lyrics and be relieved to know that some days I write good ones and some days I write trash. I just hope by December I've got a decent amount of material that I'm proud of.

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