I finally made myself sit down this weekend and get a couple more songs written. This was one of those weekends where each day kind of got away from me, so I ended up doing all my work in the evenings. Fortunately, morning and evening are my peak creative times anyway, so it worked out okay.
The first song I wrote ended up being about a breakup. The guitar portion of the song is a little bit Dokken-like, but I didn't want the vocals to be too pop-metal. I recorded it last night and it sounds rough and angry - just as I hoped it would. I'll definitely work on the song with my vocal instructor this week. I wandered away from correct positioning while I was doing the recording and burned myself out so that I couldn't manage the next song.
The second song, which is still in the lyrics tweaking stage, is based on an apocalyptic dream I sometimes have when I'm really stressed out. There's nothing like writing songs for a heavy metal band to give you the chance the plumb the dark side of your psyche. I especially enjoy it because most people I know probably wouldn't expect me to have a dark side of my psyche. I can tell this song is going to be a challenge to sing because it's pretty high. I'm always afraid I'm going to write something for myself that I can't actually pull off, but I'm sure I'll be able to make it work when I'm not so tired.
I also re-recorded the vocals for the song I wrote a few weeks ago. I've been working on it with the help of my vocal coach, and the tracks sounded considerably better this time around. My husband just sent me an MP3 of it with his drum tracks, but I haven't been able to listen to it yet. He describes his drum approach for it as a cross between Disturbed and Tool and he has a lot of production ideas that sound pretty cool. Can you tell we're having a lot of fun with this?
Other than that, my weekend activities (in no particular order): hanging out with my sister, my aunt and her cousin and having a fabulous vegetarian lunch; catching a Found Magazine tour show; watching an exciting thunderstorm with two-inch hail; shopping for t-shirts (it's a sickness, I know) at an actual mall; taking a consumer survey at the mall for the movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which actually looks pretty good; and sleeping way too much.
How was your weekend?