It’s no great drama since creating music, for me, forms part of practice. This coincides with the enjoyment of using a gift and the challenge to better myself each time.
I can’t help but wonder, though, how much harder this might if I were under the thumb of finance, corporate pressure and contractual obligation.
I’ve gained a healthier respect for the professional, who, sees his or her art dissolve into the mix of polish, performance and perfectionism. Rather than seeing their art come to life, they witness it being devoured.
On the creative front, each tune takes me approximately six hours to create, mix and post it in a video.
Currently, I only use audacity, a laptop, Marshall amp, guitar and FX unit for recording, which brings with it some challenges and limitations. The drums are sequenced using Garage Band on an ipad.
Blog posts like these function in much the same way as an active art process diary does for a working artist.
The title of this tune comes from a poem I wrote in April called The Embers of Inhaled Grace. If I could improve anything in this, it’d be the drums and mix.
‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’
(James 4:7. ESV)