In the last three days I have been working on three tracks for my RPM Challenge discs. I was hoping for at least one for the ‘conversation’ disc and getting the first one of Haiku Jazz started. Two days ago, I was all fired up. I was trying so hard to get all three goals attained on that day. That was my downfall. I found working on too many things at once, only causes problems. I knew that too. It was a rainy day, I wasn’t going to be able to go out that night so I thought, “I can do this” Needless to say, I couldn’t. Everything just got jumbled up in my head and it wasn’t working.
I found Haiku Jazz to be a little more challenging than I thought it would be. Not that I thought it would be easy, but it is a little difficult (for me) to try to go from one idea, to the next back to back like that. It does have promise and I am not giving up on it, I think it will be different. I will start that disc after I finish the conversation disc.
It hasn’t been a total loss though. Today I was able to get one track down. It was something my niece’s gymnastics instructor said. I take my niece to gymnastics on Saturdays and I wait in the viewing section on the upper level. Anyway, I was writing in my journal and I heard the Instructor say “Now we are gonna do the dive roll” It’s a gymnastics exercise. So I make the marks in my journal that shows the inflection of her voice. I want to clarify, I just like the way something sounds when they say it. The sentence, phrase, quote, or whatever is what starts the melody of the tune. The rest of it is what I build from that. Sometimes, the tune will be relevant to the sentence, and sometimes it won’t. When I do it live, it is a process and I do it in one shot, mistakes or no mistakes. To see an example of that, please click below.
If I like the melody line, or more importantly, if I can remember it, I will play it again except it will be different. Eventually it will evolve into something that I like and I play it every time I am out. Now, I need it to evolve a lot quicker so I can get it onto a disc to complete the Challenge on time.
I have three songs done, I am 33% of the way there! I will continue tomorrow, to work on something I heard at another coffee shop.