I had to make a tough decision. One of my new projects is “Man. The Torpedoes.” (www.manthetorpedoes.com) I had to decide which of my songs deserved to be the debut single. Deserved. Listen to me. That sounds ridiculous.
The reason why it’s so difficult for me is because I really can’t take anything very seriously, especially myself. I personally don’t care for artists or bands who elevate themselves in any way greater than what their creative content already does. Be it fashion, political opinion, or just that strange, serious look they might have when getting their picture taken. I’m a fan of creative content rather than the creator. When I say, “I love (insert artist).” I mean, even though they might be great people, its their content I love.
The reality is that I’m my biggest critic and pretty much don’t like anything I write only mere minutes after I wrote it and liked it. An idea comes to me, I write it, love it, then it goes into a vault to nearly die. As I write this, the vault has over 150 ideas in it. Some are complete, most are not. They all started the same way; with an idea that I loved… for the moment.
I think Hawksley Workman once said something like, “I try and finish and release everything within 2 weeks of having the idea or I’ll begin to hate it.” I’m paraphrasing, but I’m pretty sure he’s the one who said it. Apparently, he shares the same psychological issue.
What I’ve written so far can be categorized as music I’d play, music I’d consider playing, and music I never intend to play. The music I’d play is for “Man. The Torpedoes.” The music I’d consider playing but most likely won’t is for “Big Daddy Otis & the Snot Otters,” another new project of mine. The music I’d never play is the commercial stuff, video game stuff, incidentals, and scores. You know, the stuff that I have to grind out as a writer in hopes to pay the bills so I can keep writing the stuff I like.
In a perfect world, the stuff I write that I like would pay the bills. Trouble is, I hate mainstream music, television, fashion… well, everything. I don’t watch television. Don’t even own one. I get my music from referral or old fashioned hunting. In other words, I like stuff no one else likes. As a result, I probably write stuff that no one else likes.
So, out of the 150+ songs, I decided on a song I wrote a few years ago called, “Ariel.” It’s a pretty straight forward, alternative, rock song that has that typical indie feel and fits my vision for “Man. The Torpedoes.” I’ll collect sights and sounds as I work on it. I might just do a video release at the same time. It makes sense.
Sorry about meandering about. Going back to tracking.