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I got home last night with thoughts of a fairly relaxing evening in mind. The only bit of ROCK ADMIN I had to do was to put together a SAMPLER of some of my WORK SONGS i.e. songs that I had written for COMMISIONS and that. This was to give to the Synchronisation Company (they do music for adverts and that) which John The Publisher has ALLIED himself with, just to give them some idea of the kind of STUFF that I do.

I got home to find an email from the aforesaid JT Publisher, with a BRIEF for a song required by FRIDAY! I thus FLEW into action, writing a song for a NEWSPAPER advert, which needed to build and become more BUSY over the course of 60 seconds. I worked on it up until TEA TIME, then carried on afterwards, GRAPPLING mostly with the lyrics. The CHORUS was GRATE, but I just couldn't get the verses to work.

I did a rough mix and SLEPT on it, waking just after 7am (SEVEN! A! M!) to have another go. I kept thinking "It feels like everything in the BRIEF is in the CHORUS,what on earth can the VERSES be about?" then realised I could just do WITHOUT verses, and once THAT decision was made it all moved fairly easily.

I've sent it off to John now, who seems to like it, and listening to it again at lunchtime, having had a few hours to GET AWAY from it, it DOES sound pretty good. The only thing I don't like is that it ends too soon, but then I don't really have any more instruments that I could have stuck on it, so I guess it's just as well.

All this ACTION did mean, however, that I didn't have time to practice before tonight's gig at The Buffalo Bar. I'm SURE it won't matter - it's not as if we're not going until eleven o'clock, giving me three hours to BOOZE the words out of my head, is it?

Oh dear.

posted 18/9/2008 by MJ Hibbett

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