I am taking requests

Two people asked me this week when I planned to “lay down my next track.” I’m pretty sure this means I’ve “been discovered.” Actually, there was some discussion over how to describe the act of recording a song and then sharing it via social media. I think we landed on a phrase that makes me sound cooler than I actually am, which is always a good thing.

I have been working on a few things. Let’s discuss…

I could record Stay With Me from Into the Woods. It’s ready. But I’m holding off. I don’t really know how to describe why. I’m focusing a lot of energy on staying true to my voice these days.  To work on the kind of music that fits with both my voice type and who I am as a person, the kind of music I connect with. I do love Stay With Me, and it’s not like it’s a total mismatch. But there’s also something about it that just doesn’t fit right now. I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m listening and trusting my intuition.

Which tells me to write. Oh writing. It’s so hard. So harder than I thought it would be. A week or two ago I told myself to quit dragging ass and write something already. I thought maybe my desire to write something of absolute genius was preventing me from writing something. Anything. I do think there’s some truth to this.

So I did. I wrote something. It has a vocal melody. With words. And piano to go with it. It’s very, very simple and very short. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet. Maybe nothing. Maybe I’ll try and turn it into something more substantial. Maybe I’ll record it and share it as is. We’ll see.

Of course I have about a dozen other little snippets of ideas for songs and nothing concrete to show for them. While I continue to grope and struggle with writing my own music, I plan to carry on with the covers. I’m feeling really okay with this. There’s a lot of great music out there, and I’m having fun.

After sharing Slow Like Honey a friend of mine asked if I took requests. Not surprisingly that was followed by a request. “Anything by Norah Jones. Turn Me On is my favorite.” And I thought, “Oh my God! How did I forget about Norah Jones???” I listened to her album Come Away With Me on repeat, while commuting between Bakersfield and the Midway/Sunset oil fields, for the better part of the summer of 2004. And Turn Me On happens to be my favorite too. So that will be next. Potentially as early as Monday.

My car has always been my rehearsal studio. And I tend to latch onto good sing-along albums when I find them. This habit is reinforced by the fact that I only have a CD player in my car, no tape player or direct iPod connectivity. So what’s playing these days? A whole lot of Regina Spektor. Hence the next song in the queue. Can you tell what it is?

Piano-Music-Norah-Jones

Third on the list is… drum roll please… a surprise.

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