This week our challenge was to write about what we’ve been reading and, in my case, it happened to be the collection of short stories, Naked, by David Sedaris. I chose a chapter about his hitch-hiking trip up to Oregon to pick apples, first with his friend and, the next year, on his own, when he finds it isn’t quite as charming and rustic as he remembered. It’s a pretty funny narrative, but somehow when I wrote the song it dipped into the sadness that runs underneath the humour. Thanks to Mr. Sedaris for providing a plot I could ape, and happy listening-we appreciate it!
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For this week’s Song Assignment, my very own sister gave us the theme “Futuristic Sci-fi Dystopia” – a perfect excuse to play with the midi keyboard and my childhood companion, “Speak & Music”, which I used for underlying spaceship background noises. It was lots of fun-making music with old toys should be a genre all to itself. We would love it if you had a listen to our songs and let us know what you think! http://songassignment.wordpress.com/
This week we had to open the Bible without looking and write about whatever we found on the page. I got to a juicy story about King David and his dysfunctional, incestuous family, which I was pretty happy with actually. You can listen to our efforts here: http://songassignment.wordpress.com/
Vote for the one you think is most Holy successful…
I am very excited to say that I have an EP recorded, packaged and ready to go! You can listen to and download We Came in from the Sea here and on Bandcamp and there are a limited number of CDs for sale, which feature Dave Millar’s photography in the artwork. Please have a listen and let me know what you think!
Here are a couple of songs about one of our favourite things to do-especially when it’s warm and sunny and you have to trudge up a massive hill or force yourself into a freezing pool of mountain run-off water at the end of it! Dave and I did a lot of walking while we were away these past two weeks, so it seemed the natural choice of subject. As always, we’re also on the lookout for new and challenging topics, and we’d love it if you let us know what you think. Have you ever written a song about walking? http://songassignment.wordpress.com/
This week we wrote about the town where we are staying. I decided the best approach was to lie in the sun, close my eyes and wait for inspiration-I ended up just writing a list of the sounds I could hear from the village. We would love it if you listened to both our songs and please let us know if you can think of another song assignment subject…
This week, one of Dave’s friends, Rich, challenged us to tackle that most controversial theme, Poo. I never thought I’d write a song based on that subject, but both of us have raised it from the gutter to make a tuneful plea for its inner beauty. We are in Spain at the moment, distracted by the sun and the swallows and swifts, which you can hear in the background of our recordings. We’d love it if you dipped in to our latest songs and voted for your favourite. http://songassignment.wordpress.com/
This week the pitter-patter, or rushing torrent, of rain upon our rooftops has inspired two songs in its honour. We may not like it much, but it makes the gardens grow, and it does give you license to stay inside without feeling like you’re missing out on anything. Please give our efforts a listen and let us know what you think. As ever, the link is: http://songassignment.wordpress.com/