I recently had someone tell me that their life at work ended up feeling a bit like they were constantly staking one step forward and being pushed two steps back. Something a whole lot of us in the world can certainly feel like. Especially now. I know I’ve been feeling it a lot. In launching an additional facet to a career it’s not always easy to make things work smoothly.
With all the things that I’ve got going on in the recent past, it’s still hard for other people to understand why I would feel like I’m getting pushed two steps back.
Of course I’m feeling the strong desire of having to rewrite a section of a new song. That also gives me a sense of not getting something right. Good thing I’m ok with re-writing. Also a good thing that I’m not attempting to record final versions of any new songs I’m writing for my solo career until I feel the songs are really working from front to back.
I guess that’s something that comes with having a bit of experience in the songwriting area. When most artists start out, they strongly feel that the first draft is the only needed draft. Unfortunately that is not a strong reality. I know a lot of writers that still don’t do rewrites. I get it, but I think it’s why they have a hard time progressing.
I think it’s all we really want. To get something right and be able to keep moving on. That is probably what happened with making of this album. I’m willing to bet some of it was stream of consciousness, but I’m thinking that the producer ended up narrowing some things down. Which means rewriting and rerecording. The end result? A very strong and powerful album. Strong words. A great arrangement of raw sounds and energy. It combined to make a stellar introduction of a Canadian artist to the US market and the rest of the world. It wasn’t her first, but it sure felt like it.