I’ve been posting demos of songs I’ve been working on with the intention of recording them into an album. I’ve been waiting to get my new electro-acoustic guitar before I started. Well, it’s finally arrived and once it’s adjustment/set-up at the guitar shop (hopefully today, maybe tomorrow) I can start recording with it.
So that means I have to start looking at the nine demos I’ve recorded (and the one or two other songs I’ve finished but not fully demo’d) and see how I can make them fit together as a cohesive whole.
The first thing I’ll take a look at is the lyrics. I’m not a lyricist so I can sometimes get a bit lazy at that stage, especially if something’s not flowing well. This is more a ‘quality control’ step rather than trying to make the songs cohesive – I’m not intending it as a concept album! – but I think there is a general theme/mood to the songs that I want to preserve and perhaps strengthen.
The second step is to start looking at the arrangements. There are a couple of the demo tracks that don’t fit in with the others, especially ‘Not My World’. I think I’ll have some fun coming up with a more guitar based arrangement than the current cheap-synth one.
The third (distant) step is to start sequence the tracks so that they flow well. I’ll not worry about that too much for a while.
So that’s the basics of my plan for music for the next for months. I’m really looking forward to it. Let the fun begin 🙂