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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Bizarro Soup Can Yield Songs

Last night I ended my set, took a break, chatted with my wife and signed a CD for my friends. When I went to the bathroom, this lady took my hand and said , "You really have to avoid swallowing pubic hair before you sing. It's bad for your throat. Just some free advice." Never one to be left out of a bizarre conversation, I thanked her but quickly added, "Yeah I saw Joe Cocker last night and I think he was taking pubic hair shots between songs. That's gotta be where he gets that sound."

This conversation quickly moved on to intros and an invitation to join her singer/songwriters' jam every Thursday night in Sarasota. I was delighted to find out about this and very entertained by the idea of how this total stranger introduced herself to me. I'm thinking the whole time, this could be a song if I can make a major substitution.

Jumping in a group of musicians I never met is scary but I'll do it in a couple of weeks. I've learned that unusual situations are breeding grounds for new musical ideas.

I've come up with new riffs and progressions when I'm in unusual situations. It's true that I rarely remember them later but if I ever get my four track organized and keep it handy, I know I'll have a lot more material. Jacob's Hurricane, as I've mentioned, was the only song where both words and music came simultaneously. It also happened while viewing the Weather Channel and watching Hurricane Charley bear down on us and ultimately missing us by 15 miles. Nothing like total fear and abrupt relief to fire a bunch of new synapses.

Picking up somebody else's guitar can be a good catalyst to creativity. Or working in a different place. Or taking something familiar and changing the tempo and the order. Play a riff backwards and see what it does to the chord progressions. Break a riff into several parts and then change the order. Make your melodies go high where you used to make them go low. Putting your usual habits and ideas in a mix master in this way will yield some slop, some bizarro soup, but it'll also inevitably yield some very palatable songs.

posted by Bud @ 1:35 PM

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