I often touch a piano with little idea that a new song is going to come out.It’s usually a pleasant surprise, and here’s another. From an improvisation into GarageBand iOS via midi. it ended up on my Bandcamp page! Click for a free listen.
In the production process I ended up tripping on the echoing synthesizer after a friend mentioned it reminded him of video game music, and there I went. My daughter preferred the plain piano version, but it felt like a few sections still asked me for more. I suppose bringing instruments up then out throughout may happen someday, but that will also mean more melody lines.
Literally, music sometimes “grows” on you…
P.S. Here is the piano only demo if you want to compare.
Music: Gray Garden Rain was originally published on Creative Uploads
Click To Listen: Slept In – improvisation by David Watson
Sort of a reverse lullabye, for those times when you want to be awake, but not very, and the tendrils of almost-forgotten dreams are floating around you and you don’t want to turn on any lights or move fast or grab caffeine.
An improvisation — I began with the main phrase and had an idea where the first 8 bars might go, then I plugged in my electric piano to Garageband on my iPad and followed the music. Post-production involved a little bit of editing to tighten some timing lost through MIDI transmission (or perhaps my langourish playing) and removal of just two bars in the middle that were fine but unnecessary.
It’s a great way to start the day when you can. Relaxed. S-l-o-w-l-y. From one non-morning person to you.
P.S. Conveniently on my Bandcamp page for your solid free streaming needs. You are welcome to buy it too, of course, or hire me to come to your house and play it, but not in the morning.
A Lullabye For Waking Up – Slept In was originally published on Creative Uploads
Saw this recently in a teacher lounge. It gave me A New Hope.
And a bad pun.
What inspires you to make things, even silly ones? Does it come naturally or do you cultivate opportunities to improve your productivity?
I used to have some concerns with that, perhaps thinking if it wasn’t organic it might not be pure enough to reach artistic heights.
That’s crap. Improvisation, serendipity, structure, craven commercialism, planning, editing, incremental steps: they all have a place in creation and can bring us to an artistic result.
But that’s for the audience to judge. And you can’t be the audience in the middle of creation; you’re too close in space and time to get the full picture.
First, make something. Then step back and let somebody else look at it.
Who cares what they think? That’s a different story.
P.S. I like a lot of stuff I put together; some people hate their own stuff. But I enjoy the process and that’s enough to get to the next thing. Which is sometimes the salve on the wounds from the previous experience.
Solo Work Gets A Gold Star was originally published on Creative Uploads