Finding that sound… (Who am I now?)
I’ve been and will continue to update my Kickstarter backers on the process of making the album & developing songs, but I thought I’d take a bit of time to discuss some of the thoughts as I progress into pre production of ‘The Wolf & Peter’.
I’ve already written a number of songs and I’m finding there’s a definite separation of sound. There’s always been two real styles in my music. The Pop Rock element & then that more Irish Singer Songwriter sound. The strength in the writing seems to fall more within that Irish Singer Songwriter vibe atm… These songs are really standing out as they sit along side the other more “popular” sounding tracks. It seems for the first time that there may be a bit of rub that needs sorted.
I now see myself as a performing artist as well as songwriter. I’m travelling and performing my songs for audiences more. Before, I was a songwriter, releasing a collection of my best songs. This new distinction in who I am has led to some conflicting ideas in my approach. Which song would I play first in the set? Which songs would be great closers? I guess I’m trying to prevent myself writing for a live gigs & just writing as many great songs as I possibly can.
So I find myself at a point in my career where I’m thinking is it time to redefine that sound or should it continue to be diverse and just a collection of what I consider to be great songs? Just as I asked for the last album, does a cohesive album in terms of genre and style matter anymore or just go for the best batch of songs?
I’m just thinking out loud at this point, but the best way to give you a reference is do I progress with that ‘Song for Winter’ sound or go all out ‘When we Kiss’ at this point…? ‘Song for Winter’ seems to be winning. It’s a harder sound to make interesting live… but I guess that’s my job isn’t it.
I hope all’s well in your life people.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this