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sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 11:53 pm
by watertore
Hi All: I sometimes get self concious about posting so many songs. The norm is you release a cd or in rare instances, 2 a year. It is amazing how strong the rules are in our society. We artists like to claim we are exempt, but the music rules are as set in stone as stop signs and taxes. I record so many songs because they have to come out. As long as inspiration calls my name I will continue. But to keep posting them is more unsettling than recording them. Sometimes I realize I am bucking a huge rule in our world with I do and like I said, I do it cause I have to, not to make a statement or anything. Like I said, making the music is easy. Anyway, here are 4 from this afternoon. Walter

I don't have much
Keep playing till my setting sun
Negative TV Blizcreed
we all live on the same earth


http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default ... dID=157137

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:03 pm
by multisounds
As long as inspiration calls


Hi Water,

There are no rules about recording when you feel like it and what inspire you to do so. In this technology haven era we're in anyone can post a song on any website as much as they like. So we are free to do so. But here is the thing. If you post everysong you ever composed over the years perhaps I would say that's too much because people may not always listen to them. However, if they are "quality" songs then it's different.

I'd go with quality rather than quantity. That's because I studied composition and when you know it's "heading" in the right direction it's so fulfilling for the soul. Not many people pay attention to composing and just place "raw" musical material online and as a composer you can tell whether it's "cheap" or "expensive"; no matter how much musical elements are used.

I'll also make a statement that improvising is also composing :D For exmaple, Rachmaninov, Bach, Beethoven were all champion improvisers just like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, to name a few. I read an article once that said "there is very little difference between inprovising and composing in a long haul".

But like you said, if it comes from the heart then it's a piece of music you believe in and nobody can take it away from you.

cheers
multi

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:06 pm
by watertore
Hi Multi: Thanks for the response! I only put out a fraction of what I record to the net. Still, that amounts to about 500+ songs a year. I love all my songs, mistakes and all. Why? Because they were the honest truth of the moment. I no longer do rehearsed stuff because it keeps me from exploring the unknown that is always present. Walter

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:25 pm
by jeffl
I understand your "self-consciousness" Walter, but don't let it stop ya'. Your worst tunes are still not in the category of "junk". The great poet Emily Dickinson wrote all the time. It took many years after her death for somebody to publish unedited poems from her notebook (there were 1800 of 'em) for the enjoyment of the world. Your playing and singing are worth listening to-- and enjoyable-- and I always get inspiration from your harp technique (while playing racked even!) and usually get inspiration from your lyrics. The people who have known you will know that your prodigiousness is not self-promotion.

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 3:01 pm
by boogiechillun85
Dude, you're the real deal in my book. Don't stop.

I just can't keep up with all of them is all. :lol:

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 4:57 pm
by watertore
thanks guys! I appreciate your support. The net is great for this. I am heading into summer vacation June 4th. Being off till late August will undoubtibly make for lots of songs :D Walter

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 12:06 am
by multisounds
Hi Folks,

Just because you write 5000 songs and publish them does not mean they will correlate or translate anything exciting and have significant emotional affect on others who are listening to it. It has a meaning to the composer him or herself only.

Why do some songs become number 1 hits and others don't??

cheers
multi

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 12:39 am
by jeffl
multisounds wrote:Hi Folks,

Just because you write 5000 songs and publish them does not mean they will correlate or translate anything exciting and have significant emotional affect on others who are listening to it. It has a meaning to the composer him or herself only.

Why do some songs become number 1 hits and others don't??

cheers
multi
Hey Multi: have you checked out Walter's myspace page? He doesn't WRITE songs. They stream from him and he doesn't put 'em to paper, or computer. He's totally spontaneous, and has been for years... other than his gear setup that is. If you haven't, check it out, you'll find some illumination there about his post. Cheers.

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:58 pm
by maxx england
I post here and elsewhere, I have no sense of awkwardness about it. Words come streaming out of me the way songs come streaming out of Walter. The only wrong that could be done is for both or either of us to stop because what we do is outside some notional "normal" range.

Keep on going Walter, do what you do and be yourself; I spent years trying to force myself into some sort of mental and emotional box, now, sod it. This is me, an irregular peg, I refuse to try and fit square or round holes.

Re: sometimes I get self concious posting so many songs

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 1:37 am
by watertore
thansk! Walter