Why I’m doing this

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I used to blog. I used to blog quite a bit. I had a food blog, you see. I used to eat and cook a lot of food, you see. But then I stopped. My friend Nairn whinged at me for stopping blogging, he said I should return to blogging, that blogging was good for the soul, then about a month after me, he stopped on his food blog too. Then I returned and posted about two more blog posts, and realised I really had lost heart with cooking.

So there’s that.

But here I am, starting sentences with “but”, even though my English teacher would shout at me for doing that, but I’m a grown up now, and I shave and have hangovers like what grown ups do, so I’ll start a sentence with “but” if I want. I appreciate I’ve still not managed to explain what the hell I’m up to, I’m very sorry, really. I just always meander into a blog post, it’s essentially just a stream of consciousness, I know where I plan on ending up, and I’m on my way there, I promise. I’ll try and start explaining my actions in the next paragraph.

I’ve always loved entertaining ever since Year 9 in school, when I sang “Flavor of the Weak” by American Hi-Fi at the school talent show, then I got a guitar and learnt how to play it myself, and then I played gigs with The Emotional Problems of Dirk Diggler, my first ska band, and then Peter Simple, my second ska band. Then I played with myself. Sorry, I played solo gigs. Then I got a ukulele, everything changed, well,  nothing changed, I still played with myself.

Thing is, I’ve always been lazy when it comes to writing songs, I don’t think I’ve written more than 20 songs in my life. Probably closer to 10, if I’m entirely honest, so what the devil am I playing at, challenging myself to write 52 songs, a song for every week of 2011. I’m not sure, really. It’s probably a mistake.

I know it’s not an original idea, and many people have done the 52 ,songs in 52 weeks before, most famously, I would say, Jonathan Coulton with his “Thing A Week” blog, and also the 52 Songs in 52 Weeks MySpace page, which I would have liked to have been involved with their group project, but I’m allergic to MySpace, plus I want control over what I do, rather than just uploading a song to MySpace each week, with little to no interaction and feedback, plus I like the idea of keeping all the demos I record available throughout the year, and not just online for a week.

So then, that’s that. I’ll aim to upload each song on every Saturday, though sometimes it may be earlier if I know I won’t be near a PC on a Saturday. There will probably also other blogs where I witter away inanely about something or other. God knows.

Erm, Happy New Year. Or as I like to look at it “Another Year To Contend With”



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