So I’m sitting here, on my break from work (3 weeks off is insane…) and I’ve been lacking things to do. I’m keeping up with my 1 hour a day of playing guitar and vocals (been more like 5-6 hours now I got all this free time). It’s also helped me improve on things I’ve always wanted to. My songwriting.
I’ve always loved a bit of singer/songwriter/acoustic/folk music. People like Amy MacDonald, Mumford and Sons, Lights and more recently, Frank Turner. The latter is the one that brought it all together. After seeing him at Reading festival 2013, he’s very quickly become one of my favourite artists. The way he can just turn any situation into a song, and it sounds fantastic. It’s very inspiring to me, and definitely the kind of music I’d like to move forward into. Like Frank, I have a background in heavier rock and metal music, which makes a lot of his music very relatable.
So my afternoon recently have contained of me brushing off my SM57 and playing Frank Turner songs on my Ibanez electric guitar, while my Semi Acoustic guitar’s strings are on the way. And I’ve been loving it. Something is just so uplifting playing guitar and singing along, albeit, pretty badly at the moment. But it’s always something I’ve wanted to do, be able to strum at an acoustic guitar and sing a solemn song to anyone that would listen.
When I’ve not been learning Frank Turner sons, I’ve been writing more of my own. I have a lot of material left over from when I was trying to start a Metal band up that could never get going, which has given me a great pool of lyric scraps I’ve pieced together over the years. My first song I’ve written is about friends, and not being there for them when they needed it. God knows I’ve begged for forgiveness for that, hopefully this can repair some of that damage.
My other resolutions aren’t working out amazingly. I’ve been slacking on learning French more, which I need to pick up again. Tomorrow will see a vast improvement on this, especially as I may now be going to France in the near future. cutting out as much sugar as possible is going okay too. I’ve completely stopped drinking Energy Drinks such as monster and rockstar, which. I used to consume by the bucketload, which is always a bonus.
Anyway, writing this at 1am isn’t going to help me drag my sorry butt out of bed at 9am, so I better get some sleep. Hopefully I can report back next time with some more songs under my belt. Also, I’m going to steal the coolest sign out from my favourite magnificent bastard on the internet, sips.