Preparing for June

There are times when I find that time is more blended, less segmented. Today is a great example. Although it’s only Thursday, my brain is whirring with what to pack tonight, how to get on the road tomorrow, what I’ll be doing while camping Friday through Monday, and when we’ll be back in the studio next week after being away for an entire month. The drummer, keyboardist, and guitarist in my band have each taken a week’s vacation—consecutively. So for a month we haven’t been in the studio.

On the drive home last night, it dawned on me that there was something in my CD player. (Because there’s only so much George Noory that I can listen to on the radio without going stir-crazy.) So I popped it out to see what it was, and it was a band recording with the melody line for two sets of lyrics I was supposed to write and learn. The guitarist ended up writing one of them, because I just didn’t think I had the frame of mind to write lyrics for a song entitled “Sex Dream.” I have to say, he did a great job on that one and I’m glad I asked him to write it. Now I’ll just tweak it so I’m comfortable singing it. Anyways, I still need to write the lyrics to the other song, and ideally several more, if we’re to finish our 3rd CD by September (at least finish *writing* by Sept., which is our goal).

So today at work I’m letting another Tom CD run in the background, to remind me all the songs available and to start better memorizing them. He came into the studio with an hour’s worth of music on eleven tracks and just said, “Oh I wrote a few things, you might like them.” I love them. But they are all instrumentals for now, so I have to complete the lyrics as soon as possible.

Hence time is blending one segment into another and it’ll be June already and I should be well on my way. I may need to set up some weekly/monthly goals [have X, Y, and Z done in June, have A, B, and C done in July…] so that I’m all caught up again.

The best thing is that strong emotions evoke more lyrical creativity for me, and I’d qualify my silly jr-high-like crush from the weekend as a dose of strong emotions. So even though I’m certain we’ll just be friends and this is not someone I would ever be dating, I’m thankful for the jolt of creativity from it all.

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Which is also to say it might be a few days until I can post, because I’ll be out camping with between 1,000 and 5,000 of my closest friends. I’ll keep some logs along the way, so that I can catch you all up quickly afterwards.

With all my love!

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