Drifting

So I’m pretty much recovered now, and my voice is returning back to its normal state. But during my time off singing I’ve managed to spend a little more time learning some instrumentals, one of which is Drifting by Andy McKee. If you haven’t heard this guy, you really need to check him out. His guitar chops are phenomenal!

I’m usually pretty keen on lyrics, but obviously being an instrumental this song has none. However, I do feel the title rather aptly describes a few things going on at the moment.

On a side note, here’s to hoping that my videos aren’t affected, after YouTube’s recent announcement of introducing a music streaming service. The debates regarding unfair contracts with indie labels have already had artists kicking off about Google’s project World Domination. If you ask me, they already have their fingers in too many pies.

 

Sam

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Solace

Alas. After nearly two years of anticipation, it has been done – Much like a child would play cautiously with their Lego brick creations, on Thursday 24th April, my face was dismantled, adjusted, and reassembled again. You’d have thought they would make me look a little more strapping whilst they were at it, but apparently that just isn’t possible.

So, in the healing process, I’ve taken solace (excuse the AWFUL pun) in writing songs, as usual. Luckily, I managed to get the vocals down for this track before the operation, as I haven’t actually been able to sing since I went into hospital. This song took a lot more work than usual, as I just couldn’t get a chorus that worked with the verses. So, like many great songs, (Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’, or Sly Stone’s ‘If You Want Me To Stay’) I decided to sack convention, and compose a song that consists only of verses. I also experimented with modulation a little to keep it interesting with a sense of building. But you can be the judge of whether it works or not!

And it is with this song that I will take the opportunity to retire from my fortnightly pledge. (Ok, I didn’t always stick to it anyway, but shush!) I will certainly still be writing and uploading songs, but once a fortnight was proving to be a little too demanding to be able to do effectively whilst studying simultaneously. It may return. Or it may not. Either way it’s been an awesome process, and I’ve certainly learnt a great deal!

Speak soon!

Sam x

Fight The Rain

Apologies! It’s been well over two weeks since the last tune went up. I’m going to deny that it had anything to do with my ability to procrastinate, and instead place the entire blame on essays that were due in for uni. Yes. That’s definitely what it was.

Anyway, while nothing has been fully produced since the last track, (Listen to Where Have You Gone? here!) I have been writing still, and therefore a bunch of melodies are floating around, which will soon be fabricated into songs.

One of these has managed to surface – my latest tune, ‘Fight The Rain’, can now be heard on YouTube and Soundcloud. As the name suggests, the track is about coming up against unbeatable odds, and the overwhelming feeling of giving up that accompanies it.

For those of you interested in how I write music and perhaps learning a few techniques, I have written the next article in the counterpoint series – First Species Counterpoint

On a more personal note, I am in hospital for an operation on my jaw this Thursday, meaning I may be out of action for a few weeks. Wish me luck! D:

Sam x

Singer/Songwriter