Coming right along…

The song/progression I mentioned in my last post is coming along nicely. I’ve finished writing it, but I’m having trouble physically playing it because there are a lot of strange chord formations and transitions. Basically, I’m just having to get used to it and use repetition to burn it into my brain and hands. It’s probably the most intense chord progression I’ve used because it involves more than ten chords and moves over seven or eight frets. Many of those chords are changed in transition as well (one note will drop a step or something), so there’s a lot of movement throughout the individual chords.

Anyway, it’s fun to play and my hands are slowly working up the calluses they need to get through it. I played some Taylors at Guitar Center today and they made me think of hanging up the Takamine and dropping some change on a Taylor, but I thought better of it. Eventually that’ll happen, just not yet.

Short day tomorrow

I only have to work about five hours tomorrow, so I’ll be splitting around 1 o’clock. Hopefully, I’ll use my afternoon wisely, but I have a hunch I’ll end up sitting on the couch, watching movies. Netflix made its first goof and sent me Chasing Liberty instead of Lawrence of Arabia. How that happened, I have no idea, but I figure I’ll give Mandy Moore a chance and see if it’s not a decent movie. I will also hopefully finish Seven Samurai this weekend… I’ve been working on it for about six weeks now. It’s a decent film, just old and it has subtitles. It would never make it in American cinema today because the plot is developed far too slowly. I think it could seriously be condensed down from just about three and a half hours to two hours without much trouble. But then, the art and philosophy would be lost. Of course, it’s probably lost on me anyway.

I’m out.


I was this close

Today at work, I almost bought a plane ticket to Atlanta. It was only about $260 round-trip and the trip home would’ve been in first class. I figured I could get it for Memorial Day weekend, take that Thursday and Friday off and have myself a nice little 5-day vacation. Anyway, I decided against it and I’m still not sure I made the right decision. At least I have the flexibility at work so I can just take off a couple days if I need to. It’s nice to have that kind of freedom even though I’m in “the real world” now.

Guitar? Is that you?

I’ve been playing more and more guitar lately, and it’s very refreshing. Tonight, I put together a nice progression with an interesting melody and I really like it. It’s been a long time since I felt that creative itch and I’m hoping this is a burst that will last a while. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, training as an actor, a little writing and now I’m back to trying to create music. I’m finally starting to be productive with my time. I just wish it hadn’t taken almost five months to get back in the swing of things.



Well, it’s been a while since I seriously considered writing a screenplay, but I’m afraid it might be time to give it another shot. For the past week or so, I’ve been writing notes on several ideas I have, many of which may be incorporated into one movie idea. I bounced the general idea off a friend of mine and he seems to think it has a lot of merit and, if treated properly, could make a good screenplay. So, I’m going to dust off the old books, carve out some time and start trying to flesh out the idea. I don’t know if anything will come of it, but it would feel nice if I could actually succeed at something as significant as finishing an original screenplay.

I’ll post as I either make progress or fizzle out.