What I’m Writing

Songs

»Posted on Jun 5, 2018

Last month I found a book called “The Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting” in my mother’s little library. I plundered it. Up until now, I had reasoned that since I had a degree in Music, I had little to learn from other sources on Songwriting. I was wrong, of course. Reading this book has given me some basic insights on repetition, versatile rhymes, and hooks that I was lacking. I wrote a song called “Way Down Here” last month, and it is already more appealing on a basic level than many of my previous songs. Over the next few months, I intend to write a few more songs to practice my new knowledge.

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Dancing Master Pieces

»Posted on Feb 2, 2018

I had always conceived of “The Bohemian’s Progress” as part of a trilogy. Now, FreeFlow Dance has asked me to provide two more pieces for their dancers, played by Mac Talla Quartet. This pleases me greatly!

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Flat

»Posted on Mar 23, 2017

Above is my working title for my latest short horror story set in Saskatchewan.  It will capitalize on one of the criticisms leveled against my beloved province: that it is flat and boring.  This flatness and boringness will be used, to great effect, I hope, to dispatch a couple of unhappy protagonists!

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A song for Dorion

»Posted on Oct 20, 2016

Recently, a friend of mine was attacked as she walked down the street.  She turned the tables on her attacker with her mad judo skillz, knocked him over, and captured him until the cops arrived.  She says she’s okay. I have heard the phrase “toxic manhood” a lot recently, and I think it’s a very apt term.  I hate that women have to constantly assess their safety when they are alone with a man. What can I, a lone troubadour, do to help this situation?  I’ve chosen to glorify Dorion’s deed with a song.  It’s not much, but it will be worth it if just one woman hears it and remembers that she can fight back if she’s attacked.  Or it would be worth it if just one asshole decides not to force himself on a woman.  But most...

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Rory Dall’s Port

»Posted on Oct 10, 2016

I just downloaded some freeware music notation software.  It’s called MuseScore 2, and it’s fantastic.  I once used music notation software regularly, back in the 90s when it was my modest ambition to be the next Beethoven.  In those days, I used a program called MusicProse.  By contrast, this freeware is insane.  I love it. To learn how to use it, I’ve started transcribing an old Scottish tune for Mac Talla called, “Rory Dall’s Port”.  It feels great to be writing music again, even if it’s just a transcription.

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My Icky River Story

»Posted on Jul 30, 2016

Yesterday, I started work on a new short, one which has been burning in my head for a long time. It’s about undertow in the Saskatchewan River. We’ll see how it turns out. Also, I got to try out my IBM typewriter. It’s a buggy old thing, but there’s something really satisfying about producing a page of actual hard copy that I can look at and feel. It feels more productive than using a computer, somehow.

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