Unlike the last time, this version of shinkyoku moratorium is more of a game plan.
To be truthful, I haven’t really written any new material from scratch since last year. Yes, there are new songs on A Ghost in My Shadow, but they were created from pre-existing material.
I sketched out one new song, but I haven’t put it on paper nor attempted to record it.
I hesitate to say I have writer’s block because the truth is, I haven’t set out to write anything new this year. I haven’t made a conscious effort to sit at the piano or with a guitar for the purpose of creating new work.
Last year, I salvaged old songs and consciously wrote new ones to go with them. This year, nothing.
And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
I still have a lot of work to do on the stuff I’ve already done, and there’s part of me that would like to start playing other people’s music.
So, for shinkyoku moratorium, part the second I will set out to:
- Participate alongside NaSoAlMo.
- Finish making demos for 「新曲モラトリアム」, the Japanese cover album.
- Rehearse Michael Nyman’s The Piano.
- Continue to finish the songs written up till now, Oct. 29, 2006.
I will let myself start writing new material once I get through 3/4 of that list — the final item will probably be on-going — or after six months, whichever comes first.
I have a lot of directions I want to go, but if I don’t map it out, I’m going to get lost.