Taking it Seriously, Finally

Okay, I said I was going to take my music more seriously in 2007. It has just taken me eight months or so to start thinking along those lines.

In the last month or so, I opened up an account at GarageBand. And I actually posted a song there, a rough demo of Salad Days that developed a glitch when I uploaded it. I’m working on the problem, but that’s not the point. The point is, most of the reviews have said what I have known all along: that my voice is a problem. So my wife is now giving me singing lessons and I bought the book Singing For Dummies. No kidding.

This comes on the heels of another guitar breakthrough. On the occasion when I’ve sat down and played of late, I’ve experimented with ways of playing my existing songs, and I seem to have developed a sense of my vocal range. So now I’m in the process of reworking how to play most of my songs, with my fingerings doing more of the work and the capo less. This will help me push my voice higher, which my wife and son have told me to do for years. I’ve been doing it slowly, but more in earnest of late.

So that’s what I’m working on of late. This might push back any attempts at playing out for a while, since I now have to relearn the playing and the singing parts. And there’s also that whole stagefright thing, which goes away when I’m in a stage play, and goes away when I lead singing at church, but doesn’t go away when I get up with the guitar to play in front of people.

Not that I want to be a rock star or anything like that, but it would be nice to be able to play an open mike night without dissolving into a nervous wreck.

Well, maybe it’ll come with the voice.

Listening: “The Lonely One” – Duane Eddy (Guitar Man)


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