If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
Bit Bop Three
This is one of the first songs I wrote. I did it at WPI, and produced it entirely in Reason. It evolved alot over the course of weeks and weeks.
Mad World
My cover of this classic song.
Golden Powers mkII
I was convinced that this song needed a 'middle 8'. as the Beatles would call it. For some reason I really felt like making some so-called 'chiptunes'.
Turkey music? Maybe. Don't ask me what the name means. The sly listener may notice that I faded the hi-hats alot instead of writing and proper drum fills. Call it technique!
I actually wrote this song a couple of years ago, but was too lazy to write a second verse or bridge so I never recorded it. It's a bit of a cliche, but I like it anyways.
If I were in a philosophical mood, I'd try to convince you that "the Ocean's Motion" is actually the ever-moving, ever-evolving Tao.
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Monday, Feb 03 PST

From what I can tell, I asked a question on Quora a bit less than 3 years ago: How do I become a better songwriter?

In the intervening time I’ve received 8 answers to that question, and most of them fit within what I would have expected. They follow the conventional wisdom on songwriting: practice makes perfect, write and re-write, be an active listener, keep a song diary, etc.

However, the more I think about it, the more I think my question was a bit premature for my situation. What I mean is: I have no business asking how to become a better songwriter, because at this point in time I can barely be called a songwriter at all.

When was the last time I wrote a song, I wondered. Taking a glance at my soundcloud page reveals that I wrote a song about 2 months ago (Prince of Darkness) Okay, that’s something, but barely something. And I’d hardly call “Prince of Darkness” my best work.

Actually, I’ve been having this conversation in my head for over a month. My so-called New Year’s resolution was to write a song every week. I’ve written half of a song in 5 weeks. It’s going about as well as we generally expect resolutions to go.

The difference between me and a good songwriter isn’t that he or she writes good songs. it’s that he or she writes songs

I want to write songs.

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