Week 52 - Letting Go

So here we are.  I have to say I’m a bit numb.  I just mastered the song and all that’s left is to write this blog entry.  I had high hopes of writing a nice reflection on the year, sharing some of my key insights and takeaways.  But now I’m not so sure.  I actually got choked up typing the file name – “LettingGo_FinalMaster_Dec28_2013.wav” - as I got ready to record it to disk.  I’ll just do the best with this as I can...

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Week 50 - Back Again

First an update on last week’s computer troubles.  I followed (very carefully) the directions I found on Microsoft’s website about rebuilding the User Profile and - Voilà! – it worked.  Needless to say, it was a big relief.  It was also much less painful than I thought it would be.  I wasted no time moving on to #50 after deciding I wouldn’t shut down the computer this week.  I had rebooted several times successfully but I was a bit paranoid...

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Week 49 - If or When

So.  What a week.  Things were moving along swimmingly with the new song and I thought I’d get a leg up by starting to record Wednesday evening.  Fired up the old computer workstation, got as far as the log in screen and after typing in my info, received the following message: ‘The User Profile Service failed the logon’.   Strange.  Maybe reboot and try again.  Same result.  Again.  Same result.  Yikes!...

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Week 44 - Butterfly

It was another one of those funny weeks of songwriting for me.  And it wasn’t just the obvious distractions of the Boston Red Sox wrapping up a hard fought and well-earned World Series victory (go Sox!) or my hyped up kids preparing costumes for Halloween. The funny part was my throwing out a song midweek and starting over.  I think it’s only happened one other time this year...

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Week 43 - Twenty Four Seven

And so the countdown begins.  The final ten songs of 52 in 52.  Hard to believe the end is so close, especially considering the way it’s felt these last few weeks.  I don’t know if it’s the busyness of family life, the emotion spent on the Red Sox post-season or simply the shorter days, but I’ve been worn out.  It’s been a tough month of songwriting.  I guess it’s just been a long year...

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Week 40 - Refugee

Hard to believe.  The forties.  We’ve come quite a way my friends.  As I said in the newsletter, if this year were a marathon, we’ve just finished mile 20 of 26.  And just to make this week a little more interesting for me, I had the extra challenge of having to travel for my freelance video work.  I had hoped to make some headway in the hotel room with my laptop but it just didn’t happen.  So essentially, I had two days to pull it together...

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Week 39 - The Stirring

Wow!  We wrap up the thirties this week.  I really can’t believe it.  I still remember the feeling I had those first few weeks.  The thought of how many songs I had ahead of me was completely overwhelming.  The thirteen that I now have left – while still more than an album’s worth – don’t seem all that intimidating.  That said, it’s been an intense journey and I’m pretty worn out from the year.  These days I find my mind wandering (fantasizing?) to thoughts of a post 52 in 52 life.  But let’s put those thoughts aside for now...

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Week 38 - Back in my Arms

So…another week swimming in the computer.  I tell you, it’s fun but turning this stuff into a song is tough for me.  I read an article a few months back about a very well paid woman who’s hired by pop music producers to listen back to the vocal-less tracks they’ve created with their computers and keyboards.  As she’s listening back, she improvises melodies and lyrics that they can then use to finish the songs.  It’s an actual niche in the world of pop music.  I’ve been thinking a lot about that article these past two weeks because I’ve had a similar workflow, only I’m playing all the roles...

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Week 36 - If You Go

I have to be honest.  This wasn’t supposed to be this week’s song.  I had made a little commitment to myself not to use the acoustic guitar in writing my next four songs (36 -39).  It’s part of my effort to get more familiar with new technology while also pushing the comfort zone a bit.  If memory serves me, all but one of this year’s 52 in 52 songs were born on the acoustic guitar.  But old habits die hard and I guess this week is case in point...   

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