How happy are you with your music?

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  • @cblack 2 weeks

    I'm currently listening to the first song I've ever been happy enough with to put on an album, Before now, I've never been that happy with my music. Even when some of my songs got a lot of love last FAWM...

    So I'm curious. Where do you place your current songwriting abilities? Are you generally unhappy but improving? At the top of your game? Somewhere in-between? Is this all for fun, or are you taking this very seriously?

    I'd love to know!

  • @ianuarius 2 weeks

    I'm probably at the top of my game. It's downhill from here.

    I'm mostly happy with my crap. I'd make a real album if I had the energy. Sometimes when I listen to something a real master made, I get a bit depressed and want to achieve something better. It happened this week when I started to think the John William's original Star Wars end music. It's just great.

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Great question @cblack --I feel as though I am only just now starting. I've engaged music since 6 yo, and writing like "this", circa 2005.

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    Actually I've felt great in the past, folks stunned by the music, but, --it was all the people together that made "that". A great partner or three that you create with, are a different "you" than you-solo. It's why I keep coming back, --the NEW people arriving each time in my life. That makes the solo-me, better each year. The solo-me may be of more use too, down the road, --one can hope anyway.

    For me, music is relational, without them, relationships, it's hard to really know "where" you are and it not be incorrect self deprecation, or false ego-mania. For me, being able to Frame that out accurately, proves to me where I am and how I feel. You asking that authentic question as you do, reveals many great things about where you are too.

    -- Yes, a very good question. Made me stop this morning and think. A surface answer reveals much, as well as an introspective authentic one. Glad you posted that now, priming for February. If one does not like their own work, all their instruments get buried in the closet.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ianuarius Oh, I hear you on listening to the masters! I'm always comparing myself to the greats, and I don't think that's really a healthy way of looking at things. By comparison, I heard a song an old friend made and put on YouTube, and you know what? I *am* better than that. I'm ahead of that guy, for the most part. So yeah - I think comparing yourself to your peers rather than the greats is definitely a better idea. 😀

    @ustaknow Ah, yes, how could I forget playing with others? Probably because I've never been in a band... But I think there's something in that. Like, if you can be a valuable member of a band, but not as great on your own, that this is still a perfectly acceptable place to be. And there definitely is something magical about jamming with others. While I've never been in a band, I recall one night where me and 2 friends were sitting outside, drunk, and started hitting jars on a table with some glowsticks. The 3 of us together actually made a great piece of music, with

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    just glowsticks and jars. I'd love to have that again, but I don't know any local musicians.

  • @barrygoldman  2 weeks

    I'm still improving.

    My attitude is to improve with every album, I make a lot of songs as it's my way of getting better from quality. I sometimes am happy with my albums but want to destroy them and make me look bad with my next ones. I would say my latest album is the only one I'm just about happy with, but I try to never settle, and I always think I can do better then what I do.

    I listen to my music often to find all the problems, and sometimes it makes me feel good also to note my improvement. I just want to make good stuff you know!

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @barrygoldman Mmm, I think I know where you're coming from. The next one should always be better than the last one, yeah?

  • @unkept 2 weeks

    Although I always find their flaws, I genuinely enjoy listening to my own music. I suppose it's that I do write music I would enjoy. I still want to improve all the time, and I am currently unsure if I will ever really like my singing voice... but that is something I want to improve on as well. 😀

    Thanks for the question, it's good to ask yourself these kind of things.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @unkept Yes! I definitely spot the flaws in my songs, even the ones I enjoy. I guess the age-old wisdom holds true: "A song is never finished. You just stop editing it and release it into the world."

    Meanwhile, I made 2 electronica tracks today. The first one I wasn't that happy with, but saved the file anyway. Then worked on the second. And when I came back and relistened to that first one? It was actually pretty awesome! Amazing what a few hours' distance can do for perspective. 😀

  • @brrrse  2 weeks

    I don't know if I'll ever be "happy" with my music. My music is my art - paintings for your ears - I'm not writing things to sound good or sell. My entire musical journey will be one big experiment from start to finish. Some songs are thrown down in a few minutes and then I never feel the need to touch them again, some I polish as much as I can with what I have - but I get to a point with each one of them where I'd love to produce "studio-quality" stuff and spend days on choosing just which compressor to use on the bass drum that only hits every 17 measures but that's not me - it's not my style. I could care less about compressors. I hear stuff in my head, I make it sound that way in the real world as best I can - then I let it go. To me, there are no "good songs" or "bad songs" - my own or anyone elses. Consider we're all authors - Some write in English, some write in other languages. I write in Music. So - I guess I'm always happy with my songs. But then again, I write what I want to listen to.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @brrrse Fair enough. Personally, I struggle to write what I want to listen to. I have these grand ideas, and then what comes out doesn't match what I'm hearing in my head...

  • @tootoobee  2 weeks

    (Generally) I am very happy with my music because I am so happy to be able to express myself creating music AT ALL 😀 (level 1)

    I am happy (enough) with my music to share it with the FAMWmily and some selected good friends. (level 2)

    I am not happy enough to share my music with everybody I know because my music can't be compared with professional music. (level 3)

    I will probably never be totally happy with my music because I know it's flaws, am too ambitious, keep comparing with the pro music I love, and can't improve enough to reach that level ... (level 4)

    So, I usually stick with levels 1 and 2, don't really care about level 3 and level 4 keeps me pushing forward.

  • @brrrse  2 weeks

    @cblack I am sure that is why Vincent cut his ear off and Mozart drank to extremes - trying to quell the frustration and pain from not being able to realize outwardly the music they felt inwardly.

  • @mishykatz 2 weeks

    I am a clay artist (since 1979) and it is the same in that creative realm, the constant quest to create what is 'in your head'. As a late-comer to the world of songwriting and passionate about music and art in general, I find my songs to go through a definite growth period and also change with who plays them and my own personal changes in spirit. I love that you can continually recreate them and change the feel, without completely rewriting. Going back to them after not playing them for awhile is also refreshing. All in all I am pretty excited and motivated by all you guys, and feel like I am making some good progress, last year was amazing and I have been writing all this year although not at FAWM pace.

  • @sailingmagpie 2 weeks

    I'm very happy with my songs straight after I've written and recorded them. A while later I like them. Then I start to dislike them. Eventually I hate and am embarrassed by them. Rinse/repeat. The trick is spotting the ones that don't follow this cycle, as they're the keepers!

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @tootoobee and @brrrse Yes, I totally understand!

    @mishykatz Yes! I'm also a writer, and there are a lot of similarities between writing and music, as far as the creative process goes, and how the creative person engages with the material.

    @sailingmagpie Hmm. That's an interesting idea, that the songs which don't follow the pattern are the keepers. 😀

  • @seanbrennan  2 weeks

    I always follow the same parabola: "I've finished! And it's... halfway listenable? I instantly love it now!" ... "It's been a day or two. Do I really sound like that? This is the worst thing that has been recorded in human history." ... "Cleaning out my hard drive... what's this? Oh, I'm glad I repressed the memories. Let's give it a spin... y'know what? This isn't terrible!"

    @brrrse That is a really healthy way to look at it. Somewhat utilitarian, but also giving credence to the fact that its inherent uniqueness gives it value. Rawk on!

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @seanbrennan Here's hoping that our potential fans start off at "Hey, this is awesome!" and don't deviate from there too quickly. 😀 I mean, we as the creators of our music are likely to listen to our tracks more often than a fan, yeah?

  • @ampersandman  2 weeks

    I feel I've taken a huge step from five years ago when I first joined FAWM in quality and quantity. I'm thrilled to see what February brings, I've been playing a lot with my new bands but not writing much.

  • @andygetch  2 weeks

    While I feel like I am on a plateau right now, I am happy with my music and my personal self-psychotherapy aka songwriting. Sometimes, including lately, I get down on myself especially when comparing all my songs (including the worst sloppy FAWM one-take skirmishes) to the recordings of musicians who do this for a living (and only record their best songs with their best performance in a pro studio). I have to remember the progress I have made in writing, playing, recording, and performing. My seven, five and even three years ago selves would be amazed at what I can do now. My last year self however, is not impressed with me now.

  • @sheamiejay 2 weeks

    There are times when you live up to your full potential. You might even exceed it. That's when the magic happens. You spend a lot of hours writing a ton of crap to get you to these fleeting moments. Here's to many fleeting moments.

  • @kevinemmrich 2 weeks

    Every song I am currently working on is my all time favorite! I must be in the @seanbrennan camp of songwriting arcs. If you don't love the songs you are writing and recording then you need to rethink your attitudes. This has to be fun and rewarding considering all the time and effort that goes into it!

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ampersandman Yep, I also love the fact that doing FAWM helps speed up your learning and improvements. Even if it means realising what your weaknesses are (like what happened to me in 2017...).

    @andygetch Oh, yes, comparing your music to others is fraught with dangers. On the other hand, there's something to be said for doing something different to what is already out there... And if it still sounds good to you, then maybe you're onto something, yeah?

    @sheamiejay And here's hoping we have more of the fleeting moments than the less-good moments. 😀

    @kevinemmrich Effort, indeed! Honestly, making music is the only thing that I consistently enjoy. (Well, almost always, anyway.) It's why I want to be a professional musician - because I'm going to try to make music anyway, so why not get paid for it?

  • @chrishope  2 weeks

    I'm ok with it , I did the Album challenge which was another great fawm push, got some positive reaction so yeah, as with all of the above ..lets go, lets try ...and yes ..FUN would be good ...Hello

  • @kevinemmrich 2 weeks

    @cblack : As you probably already know, making enough money off of music to make a living is (and always has been) exceedingly difficult. What to do? Get a degree/job in computer science (musicians tend to be good with math) as a backup plan!!!

  • @johnstaples  2 weeks

    I must admit I really love my music. I write it mostly for me. In styles I love. And I listen to it. A lot. And when/if others like it too well that is just icing on the cake!

    When I review my stuff I have some I love right away and some that I consider unfinished. But I have very little I consider bad or without potential.

    So I would have to say I am quite happy with my music!

  • @zecoop  2 weeks

    I'm really happy with where my music is and also with how far my songwriting has come. Like @johnstaples, I write music for myself - whatever seems interesting at the time, without regard for what others might think. And since I have no intention of making money off my music, I don't have to worry about whether other people like it. It is always great when other people do, of course, don't get me wrong. And some of my songs are getting into the regular rotation for Treading Bleu shows, which is great too. Music is such a big part of my life, even though it is only a hobby. Our singer @kovbleu always says "Music is Air" and I agree!! 😀

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @chrishope Yes! If you're not having fun, why do it at all?

    @kevinemmrich Ah, where were you 6 years ago? LOL. I have an honours degree in creative writing, which is about as useful in the job market as having a parrot. I am good with math, but decided to go a different direction. *sigh* And yeah, making a living from music is difficult. But in my opinion, if you're doing something you love, then who cares how much money you have?

    @johnstaples Excellent! I'll admit, I have some songs that I'm simply not happy with. So it seems like we have very different approaches to our own music.

    @zecoop Ah, I can relate. Like, the many years that it took for my guitar playing to go from "crap" to "good"... Those years were all about doing it because I enjoyed it, and who cares what anybody else thinks. Nowadays, I do want to make a living as a musician, but I'm desperately clinging to that mindset that so long as I enjoy myself, it doesn't matter what others think. 😀

  • @izaakalexander 1 week

    Great thread all!

    I'm very happy with my music, and I listen to it a lot. I'm especially secure in this songwriting realm where I feel closest to my true self. In the classical/jazz/university music world I always feel a bit sub par, liking I'm just not good enough, like I'm forcing myself into a shape that doesn't quite fit... and in the traditional music world I always feel like I just haven't focused enough to learn the required standards, I'm too flaky to commit to the genre, so I'm faking my way through.

    The art of FAWM, however -- bringing a song into existence under extreme time constraints -- is something I feel very confident doing. I feel like it brings together all these diverse skills and abilities I've developed in the course of my life's journey thus far. I've wanted to make records since I was a kid, and I was lucky enough to live in the exact time when that went from impossible to possible for the common person.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @izaakalexander Ah, yes, feeling like your music doesn't quite fit what others are doing... I know that feeling well. Personally, I'm hoping that doing things slightly differently will help me stand out in a good way, rather than act as a detriment. Only time (and completed albums) will tell, I suppose...

  • @iveg 1 week

    I usually start from an idea, lyric, or melody that I really like. When I try to record, I struggle. It's a combination of lack of practice, time and money constraints. This year I hope to have more completed demos.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @iveg Yes, money does pose a problem for me, too. If only I could afford a proper home studio with a drum kit and better amps and loads of guitars... I'd probably still be a little incompetent on instruments, LOL. But it's what I want, regardless, and money makes that impossible.

  • @chipwithrow  1 week

    Yes! I'm happy with my music, and I'm glad to see so many of you are too, but I can understand those who aren't satisfied. (I don't understand being totally unhappy with your music - then why would you do it?)
    I worked as a journalist and journalism/creative writing teacher for many years. I was a better editor of others' work than creator of my own - other than short reporting pieces, I was often unsatisfied. And with longer pieces, I would tweak and self-edit too much as I wrote, and then often give up.
    (One reason I like writing songs in short bursts is because my songs are often observations, and it feels like musical reporting to quickly capture what I've observed.)
    A few of you said you really like your songs as you're writing them and right afterward - that immediate rush of "This is the one!" I'm for sure that way, and I also like the feeling of re-discovering something I wrote and forgot about and thinking, "Hey, that's really good, and I wrote it!"

  • @cblack 1 week

    @chipwithrow You were a creative writing teacher? Awesome! I have an honours degree in creative writing, and have written a whole bunch of things over the years. And I totally understand being better at critiquing others' works than our own. It's so easy to go, "Ah, yes, this could be improved by doing X," with someone else's piece, whereas with my own I was always too close to it. I had a similar thing as with music - sometimes I was on fire and everything came out awesome, but then other times it just didn't work, with very little in between.

    Not being totally satisfied with my music, though... I mean, it's usually the case that some songs I like right from the start, and then others don't move me. There will always be room for improvement (even on professional songs by bands I absolutely love), so there definitely needs to be a cutoff point where you just call something done. But yeah - some songs just can't be saved, I think. But I don't mind not being totally happy with my music.

  • @cblack 1 week

    Essentially, not being 100% satisfied gives me the motivation to improve and make the next song even better, y'know?

  • @cblack 1 week

    Huh... Interesting. I've made 6 songs recently, and I was only happy with 3 of them. But I just listened to the 3 rejected ones, and I don't know why exactly, but they sounded a lot better this time. I don't know... Maybe it's because of my shifting moods, or maybe those songs just need to be left alone for longer between listens, or yeah... Not sure.

    In any event, I'm now thinking 5 of them (rather than 3) will wind up on my debut EP, and the 6th could possibly be a "bonus track". Like, something that I throw in for free (not increasing the cost of the album), in case people find it too dull.

    From reading this thread, though, I don't think this is all that unusual. 😀

  • @ruiguo 1 week

    This is a good question. I don't think I'll ever be particularly happy with my songwriting. I'm aiming for competence and the ability to come up with songs for my band when the singer says, "Hey, Rui, what have you got?" I don't have to; the singer is the main songwriter. But he occasionally asks, or wants to collaborate. I was in the habit years ago of writing songs. They were OK, and I could produce three or four decent ones a day. Though not EVERY day. That was for a solo album, and I haven't written a song since then (back in 2009). So I guess I'd say that now I'm back to the beginning, or close enough to it.

  • @oldlostjohn 1 week

    When I consider a song finished and ready for release, it means I'm happy with it. The stuff I post on FAWM I consider drafts or works-in-progress; sometimes maybe three or four may not need much or any editing though most of them will eventually get shelved. I'm totally happy with my general sound, including my voice, though it took me several years to get there.

  • @tsunamidaily 1 week

    i moved home a couple of years ago, to help out my aging parents. i have my interface set up in my childhood bedroom, with all else i have. i am crowded beyond belief, so much i can hardly function. i have maybe half of my instruments up here with me, the rest in the basement. my 88-key weighted-action keyboard has no place to be, and it has stopped communicating with my reason program anyway, so the 25-key keyboard-action keyboard that i bought to do analog-type solos on is my only go-to, and reason does not respond to it either. my computer has stopped reading xhds, so my huge external bank of sounds is useless. so, i can't use keyboards for anything. i can still record my "real" instruments, and i have a sennheiser mic set up on my desktop for vocals. i'm trying desperately to find some people to get together and play with, but my lack of transportation is an issue. i've never been more on top of my game, lyrics-wise, but realizing demos is the bane of my existence.
    so, to quote dickens, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. i really hoped i would have overseas crates set up in the basement to get my music together in by now, but alas! life happened, and i have not. i would love to get drum patterns together on my e-drums, but have nowhere to set them up.
    so, in summary-- i feel great about my music, but woefully ill-prepared to realize it. i'm getting a book together of my catchiest stuff together to try and get some people together to play it out. i'm aiming for an americana sound, but would love to be able to stretch out into other stuff. god knows when that might finally come together.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @ruiguo Hopefully you can get back into the songwriting groove!

    @oldlostjohn That's interesting, actually, that you are totally happy with your output even if some songs get shelved. I'm too much of a perfectionist to deal with shelving songs... It always feels like a bit of a failure to me.

    @tsunamidaily Hopefully you can get your setup into better shape. For me, I always worry that my skills aren't up to snuff, even before considering my setup. So at least you're confident, even if the situation isn't ideal. 😀

  • @aesthetic72  1 week

    I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. It's all completely intuitive with me. But I'm strangely OK with that. I am addicted to the creative process. It's an endless adventure. I never know what I'm going to produce. It doesn't have to be good, because it's mine. Singing my own lyrics has been an incredibly powerful experience for me. Until I started FAWM two years ago, I'd never written a song in my life. I hear loads of mistakes. I wish I were better with composition. But right now, I'm really relishing the experience of writing lyrics, defining melodies, and singing harmonies with myself. So I'm happy. Because I'm with my music.

  • @timfatchen 1 week

    @ianuarius John Williams Star Wars? what you said. But...John Williams Harry Potter? Plagiariswed from Swan Lake. You and I can do better than that, believe it!

  • @cblack 1 week

    @aesthetic72 I was the same way last FAWM. Trying to come up with a bunch of songs by pure intuition. There were some small successes, but mostly I wasn't happy with them. Lately I've been a lot more confident, though, and I think this absolutely stems from having my intuitive play-by-feel sense so ingrained at this point that I've actually started learning the more specific stuff - mostly as a way of continuing to learn (which is one of my favourite parts of making music). 😀

  • @wacha 1 week

    I'm fairly happy with my music, I have recently starting working with a songwriter friend of mine to help me develop my songs more. I have a tendency to write a song and then not be able to see beyond what I have done to revise it.

    For the most part he has helped me arrange the songs a little better, slow them down, sing the melody a little different and change the chord structure a little.

    I continue to grow as a song writer and would never want to stop growing.

  • @ustaknow 1 week

    Hey @wacha -- I did look in on your stuff from time to time, (during 5090 notice you were not there), -- saw some changes on-line at your site possibly, and ( wondered if you made it out to PA... anyway *meaning, being somewhat familiar with your work, maybe, -- when you say "chord structure", what do you mean --if you can expand that.
    -- If not, notta problem, skip it. 😀 no apologies necessary.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  1 week

    Someone above said the same thing: my latest song is my best. 😀
    But truly, I just love writing music. I do sometimes fall into the comparison game and find it mostly unhealthy. What I DO do is listen to a song I really love and then try to get my song SONICALLY closer to that. I think THAT kind of comparison is not only healthy but really useful as a musician. To study the sounds you're hearing and learn how to get to that sound. In that aspect, comparison is good. But in most cases, comparison is the thief of joy. It can suck the life out of what we love doing.

  • @wacha 1 week

    @ustaknow I have no made it out to PA yet. I though t I was going to make it last summer but it fell through, we are hoping to get that in motion for 2018 if at all possible. I have considered doing 50/90 but I wasn't up for it this year and have so many songs written that I want to get recorded "properly" that I feel like it will just create even more of a backlog. I still haven't gotten stuff from 2016's FAWM recorded.

    I tend to write simple I IV V type stuff with the relative minor for the chorus to get the songs done but then because I played them that way for a while I have a hard time being able to change the chord progression. I have reworked 3 of my songs from last year but haven't gotten them recorded yet. "Dust off Your Riveters" saw the most drastic improvement. We changed that chord progression significantly and slowed it down. I did a quick youtube video of it but haven't gotten around to recording a "studio" version of it. We have also reworked "Jaguar" and "Come Together"

  • @kaylagonzalez120 1 week

    I am unhappy, but trying to improve. I feel like constructive criticism or just other input would help a lot. I’ve been writing all alone for 2-3 years.

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    I'm happy with my music because it gives me joy to make it and my kids like listening to it and making their own. Sonically, there's always stuff I can/should be working on but the songs themselves are fun.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @wacha Yes! That continual growth is very important. I lump that in with constant learning. 😀

    @stevenwesleyguiles Mmm, comparing yourself to others is indeed the bane of joy. But like you said, it has its uses. I find if I'm comparing myself to another band/song on pure merit, I wind up unhappy, but if I compare myself to another band/song on style or type of music, then I wind up learning a lot. An important distinction to make, I think. 😀

    @kaylagonzalez120 If you're looking for constructive criticism, I'd recommend specifically asking for it whenever you post a song. I know some people just want to say nice things, but I really appreciate it when someone has a suggestion for making something better. That's how I improve, yeah?

    @metalfoot A great attitude to have! I mean, if you're not enjoying it, why bother, yeah?

  • @ianuarius 4 days

    @timfatchen Come on, all music is plagiarism... mine at least. That being said, I don't like the Harry Potter music at all. Forgettable.

  • @timfatchen 4 days

    @ianuarius Piffle to the plagiarism. I have an instrumental of yours from, oh, 2014? which is on moderate rotation on the stuff I listen to and if you plagiarised it, I've never come across the original. Mind you, I've thought about plagiarising it myself....

  • @cts 4 days

    I'm pretty satisfied with my music. I'll often go back and listen to songs I've recorded in grade school, cringe, and then listen to songs I've crafted during my college years. After more cringing, I'll listen to my FAWM work and yes, cringe some more. I see where I've improved and I'm happy with the progress through the years.

  • @cairobraga 4 days

    @ianuarius @timfatchen we should do a FAWM-long chain-plagiarism challenge this year...

  • @cblack 4 days

    @cts Hey, forward momentum is still good. 😀

    @cairobraga I'm stealing that idea. It was my idea, damn it! You'll be hearing from my lawyers soon! 😝

  • @igg  4 days

    For me there is no fixed point from which to judge my music....
    It changes from infatuation to revulsion sometimes... and other times it stands the test of time and continues to satisfy....
    I, only now, am learning to ask the the right questions...a process that requires years of living and creating....and most of all learning to listen carefully to other artists' music that moves me ...teasing out the unique qualities of those pieces....Lots of false starts and erroneous conclusions as I have moved through that process.... Lyrics are much further along for me....I've learned to expose myself to the world and not get arrested....:>)

  • @cblack 4 days

    @igg Yep, I'd agree that simply by living, our perspectives change. For a long time, I was super focused on the "feel" of playing, even to the point of developing a personal philosophy about it. Now, though, now that I'm starting to delve into songwriting, suddenly I'm struggling to remember the finer points of that philosophy that seemed so important to me not that long ago...

    Every so often I'll have a moment, and the philosophy comes racing through my mind, but yeah, definitely in a different headspace now.

  • @cts 4 days

    @cblack ...and you this, maaaaaan!! 😃🤣. Forward momentum all the way!

  • @cts 3 days

    Um...that should read, “know this.”

  • @cblack 3 days

    @cts 😁

  • @alonetogether 3 days

    im pretty content where am at right now i think. i know ive got lots of flaws and bad habits, but i just really like making music and writing songs.

    i definitely could get better if i was trying harder, but *shrug* its probably not a great attitude toward self improvement but at least im still playing

  • @aflinner 3 days

    Very happy,but looking to polish...I generally like to listen to music that I write, and more and more I can listen back and be touched just as deeply as if one of my favorite artists had come up with the words instead of me. That's not ego, just being honest. But I've written a lot of music, and we're all always building on our own experience. Though, up until now I have officially "released" anything yet...I usually finish the song, throw together a quick demo that's 80% there, and move on to the next thing. This year, I want to either do quick acoustic takes to build on later, or spend just a wee bit more time and effort into making my demos more polished and tight.

  • @guatecoop  3 days

    I'm happy with my music. However, I would love to finally go back to all of the FAWM songs and re-record them. I mean, that would take an eternity, but I would like to have great recordings of the songs that I still like.

  • @cblack 3 days

    @alonetogether So long as you're happy with your current engagement with music, I don't see a problem. 😀

    @aflinner Perhaps set a number of songs you want to polish during FAWM? Like, of the set goal of 14 songs, 3 of them need to be polished to my satisfaction. That sort of thing, yeah?

    @guatecoop It probably wouldn't take as long as you think it will. I know in my experience that the songs you still love, they're embedded in your psyche somewhere, which should make recording polished versions a bit easier. That's the theory, anyway. 😁

  • @cblack 3 days

    Ahhhh! Just re-listened to the 6 songs I have in store for my debut EP, and damn, I'd forgotten how much I liked most of them. Need 1 more song to make it a decent length (most of them come in under 3 minutes), and then about $70 to publish the album. (That is, $20 DistroKid membership, $15 for stock cover art, and $20 for Promolta promotion, which comes in around $70 total after currency conversion.) This is happening soon, methinks! 😁

  • @stuartbenbow  2 days

    Depends a lot on the song. I write some stuff I'm truly proud of, some utter trash, and a fair bit in between. Outside of song challenge groups, the trash is seldom heard beyond my four walls, so I can at least pretend to be awesome. lol.

  • @cblack 2 days

    @stuartbenbow Here's hoping for more proud-of and less trash. 😁

  • @stuartbenbow  2 days

    @cblack lol, no doubt. Each year the ratio improves, but I'm sure I'll always have room for another stinker.

  • @cblack 2 days

    @stuartbenbow Yeah, last FAWM, the song I was least happy with happened to also be my only attempt at black metal so far... Which is a genre I particularly like. Going to try to get 1 metal song done this year, but I'm expecting another stinker...

  • @zxcvbnm  2 days

    Not happy but I enjoy it. I suspect that if I were as successful as (McCartney/Paxton/ Waites/Cohen/etc. etc (Insert your own hero)) I would still be wanting to improve. 😀 I think that's normal though)

  • @cblack 2 days

    @zxcvbnm Yep, continual learning is definitely a big plus. I think the key is to find a way to be happy with my current skill level while still improving regularly.

  • @cairobraga 1 day

    @cblack oh honeeey, let's make plagiarised music, not court battles. S2

    but really, we shoud definetely do a chain-plagiarism challenge that lasts the whole month. we can think of the details and either of us can start the forum thread ahead of Februrary, yes?

  • @cblack 1 day

    @cairobraga To be honest, I'm not sure how a plagiarism chain would even work... I'm just a joiner. 😝

  • @stephenwordsmith 1 day

    I've been doing this for a while now, and am at a point where I can recognise when I'm doing better or worse than my baseline, but I fear I have become a bit comfortable in my approach.

    I think I need to solicit some harsh but honest criticism, and rise to the challenges presented therein.

  • @cblack 1 day

    @stephenwordsmith Important point, there. I always add in my liner notes that I'm looking for honest and constructive feedback, even if that feedback is negative. That's how we learn, yeah?

  • @cairobraga 15 hours

    @cblack I'm devising it and will be brave and propose it on the forums in time for Feb. I hope it doesn't flop! hehehe

  • @adforperu  14 hours

    Never happy. If I ever was, I'd probably stop though, so...

  • @cblack 12 hours

    @cairobraga I'm waiting patiently. 😀
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    @adforperu Interesting. What motivates you to keep playing, if not happiness with your music?

  • @nancihobson1  12 hours

    Happy with my music. Hate my recordings. I want to try just singing and playing guitar plugged into my PA and recorded that way. No more spending three hours perfecting a drum track and losing the 'feel ' of the song.

  • @adforperu  8 hours

    The nice comments I guess @cblack. Also, when I've finished a track I might think "yeah I'm really happy with that" but a few weeks later I lose interest in it. Isn't that natural though?

  • @cblack 2 hours

    @nancihobson1 Sounds like you're overthinking things, same as me. There's definitely a lot to be said for just keeping things simple. 😀

    @adforperu For me, my enjoyment of my own music comes in waves. Sometimes I'm really happy with it, and sometimes I hate it. In waves, as I said. I guess it depends on what the moon is doing or something... 😝

  • @aflinner 2 hours

    @cblack maybe....I really plan to just write as much as possible in February though...but then actually polish and use what I write the rest of the year. Plus continue to work regularly. I want this FAWM to give me a good head start and a lot of momentum for the rest of the year. 😀

  • @krayzie003  22 mins

    I'm getting to be extremely happy with my writing and production skills. I would like to improve on recording and mixing vocals but otherwize verry happy right now.

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