I stopped writing music in 2009. Life started taking a few twists and turns. A lot of good, some bad. But, before that, I frequented open mic nights in Santa Ana, California. I sang, played piano and guitar. I wrote at least one song every couple weeks.
But it all sort of just stopped.
In 2015, I started a podcast and wrote the theme song for it.
Simple drums and xylophone melody.
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to write a suite of music for another podcast. I think it was at that moment that all this dormant creative energy was unleashed.
On January 31st of this year, I actually started writing music for myself again. The next day, I set an ambitious goal: Write 28 beats in 28 days.
Today is February 9th, so let's get caught up, shall we?
I was going for some New Jack Swing R&B vibes on this one. I've been working on some lyrics, but they'll have to be sidelined until next month. Once I revisit this song, I'll probably end up changing the snares up, this beat needs more slaps.
In an ideal world, I'd get some rappers who know how to spit bars. Because this beat was inspired by Pete Rock and Eric B., I'd like to hear some lyricists who can channel classic emcees like Rakim, Chubb Rock, or CL Smooth.
This was my second foray into synthwave. Having lived in Portland, Oregon for almost five years now, every now and then I miss the hot Southern California weather that I took for granted. Even if you spend a lot of time sitting in traffic, at least you have a hazy sunset at magic hour above you.
Fun with arpeggios! I started with that weird arpeggio, which makes me think of forest levels in Legend of Zelda, and ended up using a video game-style synth a little further into the song. For me, the song feels kinda haunting.
I kinda phoned this one in--after five days, I needed to give my brain a break. I'll get back to working on this one eventually. That being said, I was influenced by Camp Lo and Jay-Z "Jigga What, Jigga Who" for this one. This beat requires a lyricist with razor sharp delivery.
This will have lyrics, someday. I managed to sketch out a modern R&B beat. There's probably some room for a Fabolous verse somewhere here. I guess there are some Drake vibes, maybe.
Fun fact: "Run Fr Yr Life" is the name of my running playlist. Also, I donated this song to a local public radio station for use in promos.
At this point, I was feeling a lot of mental fatigue. I felt like I was repeating myself, losing my creative edge, and I'm losing confidence. Gotta keep going, though. Gotta do this thing. I knew it wouldn't be easy.
Before I attempt to move back toward more traditional hip-hop sounds, here's a brief sketch. I wanted to toy with rhythms and moving the snares away from the standard 2 & 4 beats.
We'll see how the rest of this month goes.