Date: Tue 28 May, 2002 at 00:00
Headline: New Kicks
Greetings and Salutations!
To quote the great Douglas Adams, "Writing is easy. You
just get out a piece of blank paper and stare at it until your
That quote may not be true of all writers, but it has certainly
been the epitome of my experience, whether writing songs, stories,
letters, or journal entries such as this one. It does not come easy.
Well, that's not exactly true...the initial inspiration does strike
like lightning, but fleshing an idea out into something I would
actually want other people to read or hear is often incredibly tedious
and frustrating -- and when it came to music, in the past it was usually a solitary pursuit
as most of the bands I have been in have not been keen on co-writing.
After finishing up the first SoN CD early in
2001, I thought I was ready to start on new material right away.
Though some songs went through a few last minute changes during the
recording process, I had been living with the majority of them for
years already. I was very excited to get on with some
new kicks, and over the next year or so many attempts were made.
Getting back into the writing groove, however, proved to be more
difficult than I expected.
I have been playing in this band with Tim for over a year now. We
have a healthy respect for each other as men and musicians and have
done quite a lot of work which we can be proud of, but I don't think
we actually became what I would call genuine partners until
these last few months. For his part, Tim has been quite prolific
lately. He had been suffering from writer's block for a few years
which he attributes to frustrations both personal and professional,
but in the last several weeks the floodgates have really opened. Not
a rehearsal goes by when he doesn't play me a new riff or talk about a
new concept that he's working out or mention a song or experience that
has inspired him. Adding Daryn to the mix has definitely created a newfound group synergy that
inspires us all. He came into the band with some very cool material
already written -- and we have been busy woodshedding that as well,
making the songs our own -- but he also has been very involved in the
writing and arranging that we are now doing as a group.
And so, the first fruits of our chemistry (wow...that's an
unforgivably mixed metaphor...) are being borne as we bang out new,
and if I do say so myself, awesome tunes. Many are still in the skeleton phase, but show great
promise and the sessions that inspired them seem to have finally
tapped into a creative excitement that I haven't felt since I put the
finishing touches on Join The Club' nearly two years ago.
Back in the groove, and ready to roll....
your humble correspondent